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

Updated: 2017-11-01T12:03:11-04:00


We Went on Vacation!


As I mentioned not too long ago, Pete is spending this semester in Spain at the University of Salamanca. Last week was his mid-semester break, so Andy and I went to visit him! It was a great trip. We flew...

For a Sweet New Year (Belatedly)


I want to share a recipe with you, but first I realize I didn't mention this yet: Last month was a one-night-only screening of May It Last, the documentary that Judd Apatow made about the Avett Brothers. I had bought...

The Kinder


Steph is a junior at Wheelock and still loving her Early Childhood Education program. Some of you may have seen a news item that Wheelock is (likely) going to become part of Boston University! So Steph would graduate from BU's...

End of the Summer


Ha, you thought I wasn't going to blog in August, didn't you! This will be yet another of my famous catching-up posts. This has not been my favorite summer, as I didn't do a very good job with the work-life...

Books & Films


You guys, look at me posting twice in two days! I realize I never mentioned a few months ago that I had read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Although I had very much enjoyed Towles's previous novel, Rules...



Some of you may remember that our beloved 4-year-old kitty Violet got sick and died suddenly last fall. Then, this spring, our old-lady cat Grace died at age 16. That left only Luna, Violet's littermate. She has always been a...

Catching Up, Yet Again


Yikes, I guess "Write something—anything!—on the blog" never made it to my To-Do list in May. So here comes another mishmash of stuff I've been up to. Editing books, of course! You know I have edited a bunch of Michael...

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...