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Musings of a mom of 3, freelance copyeditor, voracious reader, and enthusiastic cook.

Updated: 2017-04-28T10:13:11-04:00


News from the Comma Mines


Last month was the annual American Copy Editors Society conference, this time in St. Petersburg, Florida. (I am not a big fan of Florida, but at least it was an easy flight and no time change!) Every year I get...

It's Verbatim's Bar Mitzvah Year!


You guys, it's my blogiversary! On this date 13 YEARS AGO I posted my first entry in this blog. Steph was 7, Pete was about to turn 5, and Julie was a wee 2-year-old. (I've been 39 this entire time,...

LaLaLaLa I'm Not Listening!


I can't tell you how many posts I've started and then deleted since that last one. I definitely do not want this to become an all-politics blog, as I'm already spending far too much time, energy, brain real estate, and...

Hey 2016, Don't Let the Door Hit You on Your Way Out!


Look who's still here, alive and (sort of) kicking! I pretty much shut down after the election. And no, it wasn't a "Boo hoo, poor me, my candidate lost" thing. I've been there before and come out fine(ish) on the...

What Was for Dinner


Here's a Rachael Ray recipe I clipped many years ago but never got around to making—until last night. It was a bit of work but came out great. And I even remembered to take a photo! Cordon Croquettes 1 pound...

Not Much, You?


I just finished reading The Rocks by Peter Nichols. When I first picked it up, I thought I'd already read it, because the cover looks so similar to Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (reviewed here): But instead of the Italian...

What's Cooking in Editor-Land


Hmm ... I think I'm overdue with an update on what books I've edited recently, so I'll just try to remember the highlights. The first one is a self-help book about being in a relationship with an addict, with a...

Erev 15


Today is the last day that Julie will be 14! I'm posting this now rather than on her actual birthday, which happens to fall on Yom Kippur. The most recent photo I have of her is from last June's middle...

Editors Take Over Manhattan!


As I mentioned the other day, I was recently in New York City! Yes, really—I took the train and stayed in a hotel all by myself like a real grown-up! I was there for a conference, but not the one...

Not Your Usual Labor Day


If you've read this blog for the last, what, 12 years? or known me personally since the mid-eighties, you know that every single Labor Day weekend we go up to the White Mountains for the Lancaster County Fair. Every. Single....