An Ambush of Tigers by Betsy R. Rosenthal

Posted by Sherry on 2/3/2016 in English Language |

An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns by Betsy R. Rosenthal. Collective nouns are such attractive words for poets. Who can resist such evocative phrases as “a murder of crows” or “a pace of asses” or “a sleuth of bears”? It makes sense that there are several authors who have used these […]


Briefly Noted, Nonfiction

Posted by Sherry on 2/3/2015 in English Language, General, Nonfiction |

Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy by Paula Butterini. This story of two journalists who dealt with injury by criminals and terrorists and then multiple bouts with clinical depression for the husband made me crave Italian food and admire the courage of those who struggle with depression and […]


Shouldn’t You Be In School? (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snicket

Posted by Sherry on 11/17/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, English Language, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Reading Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler, isn’t about the characters or the plot. The characters are quirky and memorable. The plots are convoluted and confusing. But really the experience of reading a Lemony Snicket book is all about the language. Snicket plays with words like a cat plays with a hummingbird. Dangerously. (You can tell […]


The Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnett

Posted by Sherry on 5/9/2014 in Adult Fiction, English Language, General, Historical fiction, Scotland |

I read the first of the Lymond Chronicles, The Game of Kings, back in early January and reviewed it, sort of, here. Mostly I told you about all of the new words I learned from reading the first in a five volume series about a sixteenth century Scots lord with a loquacious and facile tongue. […]

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Hold Fast by Blue Balliet

Betsy-bee loves Blue Balliet’s books–Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, and The Calder Game— which incorporate art education and mystery and adventure to make up a lovely, colorful mixture of a read. She might like this one, too, even though it’s different. It’s set in Chicago, but it’s not a Chicago of art museums and art […]

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Lost in a Walker Percy Cosmos, Part 5

Posted by Sherry on 10/31/2013 in Adult Fiction, Community, English Language, General, Literary fiction |

The conference, “Still Lost in the Cosmos: Walker Percy & the 21st Century,” that I attended in New Orleans along with Eldest Daughter was a very Catholic conference. I would guess that most, not all, of the speakers at the conference were Catholic. The conference was held on the campus of Loyola University, a Catholic […]


Lost in a Walker Percy Cosmos, Part 2

Posted by Sherry on 10/27/2013 in Adult Fiction, English Language, General, Literary fiction |

I forgot to mention, in Part 1 of this series of posts on the Walker Percy conference at Loyola University in New Orleans, that Eldest Daughter was presenting a paper at the conference. I will not tell you which paper she presented, but it was good and it had nothing to do with French medieval […]


Poetry Friday: Plagiarizing Donne

Posted by Sherry on 8/16/2013 in English Language, General, Poetry Project, Poets and poetry |

The following poem was kinda, sorta plagiarized by me from John Donne’s poem, A Lecture Upon the Shadow. I was trying to write some song lyrics for my musician son to put to music, and I liked the images and thoughts in Mr. Donne’s poem. So I captured them in my own poem/song, and I […]


In April by Rainer Maria Rilke

Posted by Sherry on 4/3/2013 in English Language, General, Poets and poetry |

“Poets help us by discovering and uncovering the world-its history, culture, arifacts, and ecology, as well as our identities and relationships.” ~Wallace Stevens IN APRIL by Rainer Maria Rilke translated by Jessie Lamont Again the woods are odorous, the lark Lifts on upsoaring wings the heaven gray That hung above the tree-tops, veiled and dark, […]


12/12/12: Themes of My Life

These are the twelve themes or ideas or motifs that God has placed in my heart, and consequently the 12 Big Ideas that appear most often here on Semicolon. 1. Books. I have a houseful of books I read lots and lots of books, probably over 100 per year. I love books; I live inside […]

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