Sunday Salon: A Sweet Day

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I skipped church this morning because the women’s triathlon was using our street, and our Riverwalk, for the event; there was no way I wanted to beg and plead the police to let us through their barricades like last year.

So, I made ginger cookies instead. Dozens and dozens of them rolled in coarsely ground raw sugar, which I shared with my mother and my husband, and made into little packages for my team tomorrow. We begin PARCC testing tomorrow, for the whole week, a laughable situation in which now only eight states are participating. How do you get a common core curriculum with less than 20% of the nation involved? But I digress…

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I also read Harlan Coben’s The Stranger, which was the perfect thing for me after the heavy diet of Man Booker International Prize nominees. Don’t get me wrong, I will always love translated (and classic) literature the most. But sometimes, I just need something fast and utterly engaging, which wraps itself up neatly as American novels are apt to do. No questions, no hidden meanings, just a rapidly paced plot beautifully laid out for the devouring.

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And now I look forward to his latest release, Fool Me Once, which was also sent to me by Dutton. It, too, promises to be an exceptional thriller, and is billed as “arguably his most genius example of his skill as the master of the double-twist.”

I almost wish I didn’t have Common Core testing tomorrow.

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24 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: A Sweet Day”

    1. I’m not sure it can go very wrong, with only seven states in the US participating. 😉 Our Assistant Principal said not one source, parent or other, has ever asked for a child’s PARCC score. So, they can’t be very important. Thanks for your good thoughts, though.

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    1. I’m looking forward to his latest; the publishers say it’s his best! I’ve only read two, but they both were excellent. Well written, taut plot with no arbitrary surprises like Gillian Flynn is prone to do. 🙂 I do recommend this one, and I’ll let you know about Fool Me Once.

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    1. They are one of my favorite cookie recipes ever, and they don’t even have chocolate in them! I’ve heard good things about Fool Me Once, too. I even saw it at Costco! 😉

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  1. Sometimes the teaching job can be so dangerously tiring… here they change something in the chaotic world of schools every two years and more often than not, it is not for the better… anyway, I am sure the cookies will make the day better 🙂

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    1. The more we discuss education, and our teaching career, the more similar I feel we are. I just heard that a town in Illinois accepted a 10 year contract for a 4% raise each year. Who gets that?! I’m not thinking that’s entirely just for taxpayers. Anyway, I took the cookies to my team, and left “mine” at home. I know I’d just eat them. Wish I could share some with you!

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  2. I tend to turn to crime novels after a run of heavy reads – maybe one of Simenon’s Maigret mysteries or a vintage hard-boiled novel. We all need a change of pace every now and again. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who turns to crime/thrillers after a heavy load of novels. Somehow, they just give me a much needed “break”. You have a good suggestion to turn to Simenon’s Maigret. I’ve only read one, but I didn’t love it, and as everyone else does. I clearly need to give him another try or two.

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  3. Your need for a change of pace reminded me of the days after I finished my literature degree. I simply couldn’t face reading anything other than crime for a few months. But then the satisfaction wore off and I began hankering for something more substantial again.

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    1. Oh, I would dearly love a degree in literature! Mine are only in Psychology and Elementary Education, but literature would have been one of my choices had I the time or the money. Maybe someday. Anyway, I can see how finishing that degree would require a break! I think I’d pick up cross-stitching. 🙂

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  4. I like to read the odd book like Coben, in my case it is often Lee Child, I have a unreasoned fondness for his character Jack Reacher, the sociopathic, partially psychotic Ex military policeman & his adventures fighting “the wrongdoers” not sure why except that there is no though process you just go along for the ride.

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    1. I like Lee Child, too. He has created a very charismatic character in Jack Reacher. The only “problem” for me is that sometimes his novels are gory, at least that’s my recollection, and I cannot do something like Silence of The Lambs. You are clearly braver than I.

      Love your poetic reference to going along for the ride. That is exactly how I see you, my friend, pacing everyone on your bicycle (and books)!

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  5. Ginger cookies sound delicious! I can definitely dig needing to read something lighter compared to all the Man Booker titles. I always call those types of reads my palate cleansers. Enjoy the newest Coben!

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  6. Oh, my. Those cookies sound delicious! It’s been ages since I’ve baked cookies. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to retirement. I love to cook and bake, but just don’t take the time to do more than simple dinners these days.

    I’m eager to read some of Coben’s later works. I loved his Myron Bolitar series, but haven’t read anything by him in years. I’m planning to listen to his latest on audio.

    What is that beautiful blue flower in the vase on your table. I think I see some Viburnum, which smells so lovely, doesn’t it? My neighbor has a huge bush that smells heavenly.

    Back to those cookies. I think I’d love the recipe, if you’re willing to share. 🙂

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