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     -Thomas Jefferson to John Adams,  1815

Toes in the Sand - Thoughts & Musings


Our reading time is precious and there is so much out there vying for our attention.  One of the things I always tell my reading groups is to follow Nancy Pearl's 'Rule of 50' when choosing a book.  It goes like this:

"Time is short and the world of books is immense.  If you're 50 or younger, give every book about 50 pages.  If you're over 50, (which is when time gets even shorter), subtract your age from 100 -- the result is the number of pages you should read before deciding.  At 99, that first page would be all-important."
* First Lines to Remember
Nancy Pearl & Donna Diamond - Seattle

~  From:  BOOK LUST by Nancy Pearl
(Former Executive Director, Seattle Public Library and Prototype for the Librarian Action Figure Doll with shushing motion)

What Reading and Writing Mean to Me

10/31/2019 1:28:35 PM

When I was in elementary school many moons ago, reading was one of the subjects that were taught. Penmanship, now referred to as Cursive, if it is taught at all today, was also an important subject to learn. I was always so proud when the teacher, or a grown-up or a friend complimented me on my lovely flowing script, (The Palmer Method). Those two...

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Meet The Authors Article - Long Island Living Magazine!

11/19/2018 10:49:57 AM

“SOMETHING MAGICAL happens when a reader meets an author, says Donna Diamond, a local book discussion facilitator, consultant and a member of the Long Island Reads committee, an initiative sponsored by the library systems in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. "Reading and writing, solitary undertakings on their own, take on an...

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TECHNOLOGY/ SCHMECHNOLOGY – Bah Humbug!

10/30/2018 10:16:15 AM

I’m a techie DUH!  There, I’ve said it.  I’m not proud of it, but I’m not ashamed to say it either.

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Plandome Woman’s Club Enjoys Plandome Reads

1/24/2018 2:17:21 PM

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'Waiting'

10/1/2017 11:15:41 PM

Waiting can be excruciating...

Waiting for the mailman to deliver that elusive letter (of love, of acceptance, of loss) that seems to take forever to arrive.  As a child, I remember waiting endlessly for summer and for Christmas to come quickly.  I can recall waiting for a phone call from that special someone; waiting for the...

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Past Blog Posts

'Toes in the Sand'

7/4/2016 1:15:21 PM

My earliesrt recollection is going to the beach with my...

THE MURAL WRITER: The Unlikely Story of an Outcast Who...

7/21/2016 11:15:55 AM

THE MURAL WRITER: The Unlikely Story of an Outcast Who...

Ode to a Dear Book Club Friend

8/25/2016 11:10:04 AM

I lost another dear book club friend to cancer today...

YaYa's Umbrella

8/28/2016 5:08:43 PM

It isn't pretty. Heaven knows, it's tattered and...

Craig ~ Renaissance Man

8/28/2016 5:20:10 PM

When he was young, he listened to the music of KISS and...

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