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The Monarchy

Not thinking myself an anti-Monarchist in the small “r” republican sense, I didn’t give the Queen’s death much thought. Until I tuned in and said, What the blimey, I’ll watch a bit.

Tweens can have an impact

There are plenty of books written with babies in mind (a search of Amazon calls up over 44 million) but far fewer written for the age group dubbed “tweens”— that treacherous territory kids navigate in middle school, the years between being a small child and being a teenager.

The beloved baseball glove

Baseball continues to be one of the most popular youth sports in North America. More than 3 million kids in the U.S. play the game and about 10 million children play worldwide. They are not alone. In 2022, approximately 20% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 also play baseball, according to Statista.

The first Lakeville Journal

Near the end of the 19th century, when Salisbury was dry and the nearest place to buy drink stronger than sarsaparilla was Millerton, when whippoorwills could still be heard on summer nights, when the butcher filled orders from a covered wagon he pulled up to back porches and rush hour on Main Street meant slow-ambling cows at milking time —  th

Odessa and The Blitz

I’m reading “Full Dark House” by Christopher Fowler, an uncommonly talented and humorous detective writer whose protagonists are Arthur Bryant and John May, who couldn’t be more different and more complementary. Bryant is sloppy to a fault; May dapper without trying.


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