Author Archives: TheHeadGirl

Thinking My Way Through A Book

I’m reading Anya Kamenetz’s The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing – But You Don’t Have To Be and am at a point where I want to filter and sort through some of what I’ve read, mentally, before reading any more of the book.  This is a virtual version of how I […]

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Movie Review: The Intern (spoilerific) & What It Says About Our Culture

Synopsis (spoilers!): Ben (Robert De Niro) is a 70 yo retired widower, feeling useless and lonely. He gets the chance to be a senior intern for a new, hugely successful start up business created and owned by Anne Hathaway’s character, Jules. Jules is a bright, exuberant woman with a husband who quit his job to […]

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January, 2016 Books from the HG

1) The Provincial Lady in America by E. M. Delafield ~ I found this at Goodwill and was intrigued enough to invest .89 cents in it. Delafield was a British writer in the 1930s and is most famous for her first book, Diary of a Provincial Lady. I haven’t read that one yet, but I […]

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Bringing Food From Afar(ish)… Or, Having It Come To You!

I posted on our Facebook page asking for input on what I should write about next and there was a strong contingent both for posting pictures of some of my favorite spots in our house and another strong contingent for sharing alternative ways we get groceries. After tallying the votes, the house pictures had a […]

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Books, Fiction & Otherwise, from 2015

I tried mightily to write a neatly-organized list of the top 5 or 10 fiction books from 2015 and failed. I don’t know if this is because of perpetual exhaustion (mother of 4 children aged 5 and under, with two still nursing at night) or because I’m just that disorganized (a survey of my living […]

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2015 Books: Top Five Non-Fiction

Reader Elena asked if I might do and this post starts that attempt. As we all know, it’s raw-ther difficult to narrow book lists down. This is the non-fiction list. Fiction and a specialized list will be in separate posts. a note on the reviews: this image shows a page from my journal. Most of […]

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2015 Goals, 2016 Hopes

  A friend asked recently what worked well for people in 2015. This picture shows three of the things I’m most pleased about ~ I’ll let you guess which one is my favorite (hint: it’s also the cutest ;)). The book is my book-journal. At the beginning of the year I committed to read at […]

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Book Review ~ Brave Old World: A Practical Guide To The Fine Art of Husbandry, Or The Fine Art of Looking After Yourself

“It is neither possible nor particularly desirable to be entirely self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency implies a willful separation from others, whereas husbandry is all about sharing the work and sharing the knowledge.”  This is a central premise of this warm and delightful book about learning to live more independently and practically (which might mean more old-fashion-edly) in […]

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Book Review: Ellen by E.M. Almedingen

This was my living room floor a year ago today. The library at the school where the HM worked was purging their collection and these books were fated for the dumpster. Dad rescued them and I sorted them. I sold a few, sent a ton (almost literally, it felt like) to Goodwill, and kept several […]

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Stocking Stuffers On A Budget

The first Christmas Strider and I were together, we pooled all the change we could find in our apartment, split it between the two of us, and used that for our stocking stuffer money for each other. We were blessed to be in an apartment connected to his parents’ house or I’m quite sure we […]

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