Living With Joy

Just one person trying to live their life with Joy

A Touch of Autumn

Remember when the world wasn’t bleak and wintery??  

December 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Best of TV

It’s almost year end.  Time to think back on the ‘bests’ of the year.  Here’s what I’ve loved on television and Netflix this year. The Good Wife – This show … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Falls

The falls in the fall.

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Paying For the Party

A friend of mine recommended Paying for the Party last summer as a study of how higher education upholds the very social classes that it claims to help people break … Continue reading

December 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Photogenic Cows

Don’t you love it when you’re shooting a scene and then the right thing shows up in the right place.  Like these cows.

December 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Year List #8: Go To A Diner

I love diners!  Breakfast anytime.  Pancakes on demand. Interesting people and decor.  What’s not to like? Then throw in re-watching the full run of Gilmore Girls and I may be … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fall in New England

I’m a little behind…

December 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Where We Belong

Sometimes between tough books (or after a string of not great books) you need a palate cleanser for your brain.  Where We Belong was supposed to be that palate cleanser. … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Last of the Summer Pictures

What great summer memories!!

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Year List #7: Lemon Meringue Pie

When I wrote my year list I put in a few whimsical moment.  I love lemon meringue pie and I never have it.  So, I made it a year goal. … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Books I’ve Read This Year

Fiction (44)

news from heaven - Jennifer Haigh (3 1/2)

The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer (4 1/2)*

The Amateur Marriage - Anne Tyler (4)*

419 - Will Ferguson (5)*

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion (4)*

Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon (4)

The English Girl - Daniel Silva (4)

The World to Come - Dara Horn (4)*

Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah (4)

Longbourn - Jo Baker (3 1/2)

Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick (4)

The Best Laid Plans - Terry Fallis (4 1/2)*

Abide With Me - Elizabeth Strout (3 1/2)

American Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld (3)

Caught - Lisa Moore (4)*

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Shaffer & Barrows (4)*

Home - Marilynne Robinson (4)

Moon Shell Beach - Nancy Thayer (4)

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (4)

Cambridge - Susanna Kaysen (3)

The High Road - Terry Fallis (4 1/2)*

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell (4)*

Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese (4 1/2)*

The Radiance of Tomorrow - Ishmael Beah (4)

The House at Riverton (4)*

The Orenda - Joseph Boyden (5)*

Beachcombers - Nancy Thayer (3 1/2)

A Special Relationship - Douglas Kennedy (2 1/2)

The Matchmaker - Elin Hilderbrand (4)*

Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan (4)

Some Assembly Required - Lynn Kiele Bonasia (3 1/2)

That Old Cape Magic - Richard Russo (3)

The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka (4 1/2)*

Snow Island - Katherine Towler (4)

The View From Penthouse B (3)

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell (5)*

Let The Great World Spin - Colum McCan (3 1/2)

Beautiful Day - Elin Hilderbrand (3 1/2)

Staying At Daisy's - Jill Mansell (3 1/2)

Where We Belong - Emily Giffin (4)

The Bookstore - Deborah Meyler (4)*

Love the One You're With - Emily Giffin (3)

Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman (4)*

The Long Way Home - Louise Penny (3 1/2)

Non-Fiction (27)

A Nation Worth Ranting About - Rick Mercer*

Help Thanks Wow - Anne Lamott

The Signal and the Noise - Nate Silver*

Don't Get Too Comfortable - David Rakoff

Wild - Cheryl Strayed

Lucky Man - Michael J. Fox

Stuff Christians Like - Jon Acuff

Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand*

Right Side Up - Paul Wells

Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman*

Paris in Love - Eloisa James*

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Jane Austen - Carol Shields*

Giving It Up - Maggie Dawn*

Faith Unraveled - Rachel Held Evans

The No Asshole Rule - Robert Sutton*

Confessions of a Community College Administrator - Matthew Reed

The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee*

Strategic Market Research - Anne Beall

Why Good People Can't Get Jobs - Peter Cappelli

The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin

In the Body of the World - Eve Ensler

Hebrews for Everyone - Tom Wright

Canadian Ways - Harris & Harris*

Paying for the Party - Elizabeth Armstrong & Laura Hamilton*

Leading Thinkers: Digital Media & Learning - Elizabeth Babcock et al*

Digital Divide - MacArthur Foundation

(mini books - Learning with Big Data, Mobile Learning)

* highly recommended

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