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Kathryn Mueller
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Book Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
This book is such a fun, wild ride. It starts off with a dystopia narrative: evil leaders of a small secluded town keep control over their people by inventing an evil witch who demands their youngest baby to be left for her on the same day every year... but...

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Book Review: The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
It should not be surprising that The Inquisitor's Tale is about the Dark Ages, when the Inquisition rooted out and punished anything that the Pope determined was heresy. It is also not surprising that Gidwitz would employ a style of storytelling reminiscent...

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Sylvia's First Birthday
Sylvia, Extreme.      Sylvia's birthday was relatively uneventful. Kate was grateful for that. For one day to outshine a year of change, growth and transition would be overwhelming to the extreme. But Sylvia's birthday was uneventful also because of the dow...

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The Beach
The Beach (Aug, 2015)     Even before moving, Kate and Mister had agreed that one good way to try to learn about New Jersey and New York City would be to have weekly outings--either into the city or some other notable excursion. Before they left on their tr...

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Kate and Crew 37: Early Arrival
37. Early Arrival (Aug 29-30, 2014)       Kate drained the water from a huge pot of boiled potatoes. It was 9:30 at night. The kids were in bed, Mister was at the men's retreat, and Kate's mother had just gone into the basement to get ready for bed. Surely,...

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Kate and Crew 36: Waiting
36. Waiting (Aug 2014)     The first couple weeks of August, Kate frantically tried to finish everything on her many lists. One day, after spending Teddy's entire nap time cropping pictures and slapping them in a scrapbook, she declared to Mister, "I've got...

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Adam Smith...and moving...and eternity. 

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Trinkets
Almost daily, I look around our house and think to myself, "Is that a trinket of frivolous utility?"  Being married to an economist (and an Adam Smith scholar to boot) does come with some advantages, one of which is a fountain of fantastic and useful phrase...

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