All of the hours I spend listening to the radio (public radio that is) have led me to believe that it’s the closest thing to reading. It certainly seems to work similar channels of my brain, and feels as effortless. I can become engrossed in a great radio broadcast much the same way as I’m drawn into a book, with the added bonus that the radio allows me to cook or drive at the same time! Recently, however, a BOOK RIOT blog post reminded me that audiobooks are (of course) the closest thing to reading. Yes, I realize that’s about … Continue reading DO YOU LISTEN TO BOOKS?


(SHOULD I READ IT OR WATCH IT?) I was so relieved when I went to bed last Sunday (January 4th) and was able to turn the light off because there was no power failure!  I honestly don’t know how my family made it to Monday unscathed, but we did―sixty year-old maples and all. Still, I spent most of the day with a knot in my stomach, because I was having such feelings of déjà vu.  Did anyone notice that last Sunday’s freezing rain storm coincided with the date of the official first day of the 1998 Ice Storm? I couldn’t … Continue reading ARMCHAIR STORM CHASERS