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Introducing…The Big Lebowski


…Or Dude for short… Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions! I suspect Winston Churchill would have been flattered to know that his name is so cat worthy. But I couldn’t resist the Big Lebowski. It’s perfect!! Have a wonderful weekend!! I’m busy working on my new blog template…hope to launch next week!

Penguin Classics (Red) Editions


So, here’s my latest obsession: UK Penguin’s (Red) Editions….I love the text snippets on the covers. It makes the classics seem so current and, well, sexy. You can see the entire set on the UK Penguin website. It’s for a good cause: a portion of the money raised from the sale of the books goes […]

Electronic Books or Hardcovers?

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Help Name This Cat…


Hello Everyone,I would like for you to meet the newest member of our family….A very large, sweet cat…He was abandoned by his owner about six months ago and left to wander the streets. When my daughter and I saw him on Friday, he wasn’t looking so good. We put him in the car and took […]

Damn Dan Brown


The literary blogosphere continues to buzz with angst and dismay as thousands — or maybe even millions — of people learned the shocking news this week that they write like …Dan Brown. The growing outrage — sparked by a computerized prose analysis on a obscure website called “I Write Like” — could be the biggest […]

Postcards and Souvenirs


I’m a predictable flea market shopper. I always end up on a treasure hunt for things I can bring home without much ado… …Like postcards… ….Old matchbooks… …Fifty-year-old bottles of “My Sin” and pink nylon slips… You know, the stuff that’s easy to carry to the car in 105 degree heat. But someday I’m going […]

I write like…Kurt Vonnegut??

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My friend Carolyn Kellogg at the LA Times’ fantastic Jacket Copy book blog had the most clever post today. She found a website — called I Write Like — where you can enter a few paragraphs of your prose to find out if you write like Hemingway, Chuck Palahniuk or even Bram Stoker. (There are […]

My Terrace Garden: Progress so far…


Pink azaleas and hydrangeasA white rugosa rose…New Dawn on the railing…More photos to follow!

The future of the English Muse


Hello my dears,I’m working on a revamp of the English Muse and I was wondering if you would be willing to take a little poll about the topics you’re most interested in reading about here. I’m thinking seriously about making the English Muse into a very visually oriented books blog. What do you think? Quizzes […]

Terrace Garden


One of the hardest things about moving out of our house into our new flat was giving up our garden, complete with picket fence and roses. But, as my sister-in-law advised me at the time, roses also grow in pots. So I’m excited get started on designing my terrace garden. I’ve been turning to several […]

A Wish…

I’ve got the Airplanes song by B.o.B. (featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore) stuck in my head! It’s been popular on the radio stations here since my dad died in May. And, I guess, I could relate to the words because I’ve been making a lot of wishes these days. The words of the song go […]

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