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Catching Days is a blog about writing, reading, and life–how they meld, clash, and astonish. It takes its name from this passage in Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life:

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.

This is a gathering place. Words from the notebook I keep in my purse linked to a favorite passage or book… Looking up from a passage and attaching it to a moment… This blog is a net for catching days.

—Catching Days is one of Powell’s Books  “Lit Blogs We Love”—

My Book Review Policy:

  • My challenge to myself is to find the good thing in every book I read.
  • I write on this blog as if I were sharing with friends. As Toni Morrison writes, “It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.”
  • I read mostly literary fiction and books on the craft of writing. Please take a look at my Reading List for more details.
  • On this blog, I don’t generally do book reviews in the traditional sense. I write about what strikes me—either from a reading perspective or a writing perspective or both. Little sparks.
  • When I read, I underline like crazy, and I enjoy sharing lines I love—hence the inordinate number of quotes.
  • I accept requests, but I never guarantee that I’ll write a review. And because one thing often leads to another, I can’t promise a specific time frame.
  • If you’ve written a review of a book that I mention, I hope you’ll post a comment with the link to your review.
  • Finally, Catching Days is about more than just book reviews.

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11 thoughts on “about blog

  1. Well I must be the worst of neighbors to be the last to know you are an author!! Congratulations and I’m looking forward to reading your book(s)
    Love the books you’ve been reading…have read some but not all.

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  2. I appreciate the introspective flavor of your language. Albeit, IMHO you may need to be a bit more direct as to your blog’s purpose.

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    • Donald, I completely agree that it would be helpful if I could state the purpose of the blog more clearly, and I’m working on it. (BTW, I’ll gladly accept any suggestions as to what its purpose is!)

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  3. I have the book “Light Between Oceans” for you and will leave it in your mailbox this weekend! I bought “May We Be Forgiven.” Chris

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  4. I always give a gander to the Freshly Pressed choices and today I saw yours – and the teeny picture of you caught my eye and I thought, “Do I know her?” I really thought I did. I don’t but now I will – following my instincts that you’re someone who could be a friend. Congrats on FP and I’m glad to have discovered you.

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  5. I also found you by reading the Freshly Pressed choices–and, your reviews are wonderful to read, and just as you indicate, it is as if I am with a friend, discussing intimately a book. Thank you for this, and please keep writing! I will follow every word!–Sal

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