Gender, pedicures and pampering

This morning I drove to Louisville (which is about an hour away) for a pedicure. As I was talking to my mother on ride down there (I promise all safe driving practices were strictly obeyed) she said, “You’re driving to Louisville for a pedicure?” … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

This is a video, so maybe I'm cheating, but it doesn't even capture how cool it was to watch this lightning show.  You can join Wordless Wednesday here. … [Read more...]

Book Review: Way Up North in Dixie: A Black Family’s Claim to the Confederate Anthem

This is a book that was recommended by the Carolina Chocolate Drops at last year’s Ohio River Valley Folk Festival. It’s not every day that a band comes with a recommended reading list, but always a plus when they do. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are … [Read more...]

Blog In Place Hop, May 25 – June1: You just don’t belong

This morning I started reading a “food memoir” called Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girhood in Whitebread America by Linda Furiya. Furiya grew up just up the road from Madison in Versailles, Indiana. Ver-sales, not Ver-sie, thank you very … [Read more...]

The gender of the book group

A couple of days ago I was browsing through the book blogosphere and came upon a post by The Reading Ape about the gender gap in reading. This was in response to a comment on The Huffington Post that men don’t read as much as women because the … [Read more...]

Book Review: Room and cases of extreme isolation

For those of you who may not yet know what Room is about, Emma Donoghue's novel is the story of a woman who is kidnapped and forcibly held in a room for 6 years in a shed in her kidnappers back yard, essentially serving as his sex slave. She gives … [Read more...]

To Dixie or not to Dixie?

Lew and Ben Snowden, perhaps the authors of "Dixie"Sooner or later, I was bound to get to a topic of infinite complexity and fascination for me, the American South. Here, specifically as it pertains to the fiddle. Recently, I decided that I want to … [Read more...]

Who really cares about small towns?

So years ago, I remember hearing Bill Maher on Real Time go off on the connections between the food industry, the drug industry and the medical establishment. He was arguing that they’re all in cahoots to make people sick and then make money off of … [Read more...]

Darwin, Tinker Creek and bugs

Last night, Jeff and I watched Creation, a lovely little film that dramatizes the period in Darwin’s life right before the publication of  On the Origin of the Species. For those who are not familiar with Darwin’s biography or married to a historian … [Read more...]

A Thousand Splendid Suns: Everybody’s Protest Novel

Let me say first of all that when I read The Kite Runner for our college’s Common Reading a couple of years ago, I was not the only person to say, “But what about the women?” So it’s good to see a book in which Hosseini answers that question. Well, … [Read more...]