Well Hello Again

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I’m back. Here’s where I went. I lost my watch and lost track of time. My hard drive died and I had no computer to check email or blog from. And we moved to our new home last week where we have no cell phone service. Zip. Zero. Zilch. No bars… And that’s when I… read more

Opinion: How to Get Happy

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As The Sentimentalist and Pless Productions have grown – I’ve found myself regularly needing a second set of hands to help with photography, social media, and writing. Having graduated from Greenwich Academy and because I have stayed in touch quite closely with the school, I am well aware of the caliber of student they are… read more

Best Books: Scratch and Sketch Books

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We have been getting very craftsy over at our place. Both my girls just spent a week at “art camp” with one of their favorite teachers and they have been completely inspired ever since. They especially love when I draw or paint things that they then try to replicate. We’ve also recently had a lot… read more

Read: Unbroken

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When I picked up Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand I knew it would be a difficult read. My Dutch father-in-law spent 3 years of his life in a Japanese Internment Camp and as I read I couldn’t help but imagine his twelve year old face amongst the men being tortured at the camps written about in this book…. read more

Read: The Girl On The Train

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  Talk about a nail biter. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins is a quick read. Even supreme sleep deprivation couldn’t keep me from staying up late into the night finishing this book. It’s cleverly written and has just the right amount of scary to keep you on the edge of your seat…. read more

Read: Wild

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I was first introduced to Cheryl Strayed when my “best book friend” gave me an anthology of columns she had written giving people advice. I immediately knew her voice resonated with me. And then I read her best-seller Wild, the story of a young woman who cracks, both literally and figuratively, after suddenly losing her mother… read more

Best Books: Iggy Peck, Architect & Rosie Reveer, Engineer

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My mom came back from a trip to Seattle last year with two books that have added such richness to our little home library. Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect, both by Andrea Beaty, are fabulous. Each is the story of a child inspired at a young age to follow their passions for architecture and engineering…. read more

Read: All The Light We Cannot See

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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a beautiful book. It shook me in a way that was painful but also good. I’ve read quite a few books about World War II but this one was different. This one doesn’t focus on the devastation, torture, and loss suffered by the Jewish community living in Europe…. read more

Read: The Housekeeper and The Professor

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This little gem was a gift from a friend whose recommendations never disappoint. The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa is well crafted and truly unique. It’s the story of a brilliant mathematician who is injured in a car accident and left with a short term memory that lasts no longer than 70 minutes…. read more

Best Books: Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site

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It’s no surprise that my favorite gifts are books. Since Baby John’s arrival we have gotten so many generous gifts many of them books. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld has become a fast favorite. As you can imagine many of the books in our house are a bit more… read more