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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

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Working on a Building


Someone scolded me the other day for not posting much lately. I don't mind; it's nice to be missed. But I don't feel guilty about it either, since the things I'm working on behind this scene are going to more than make up for the downtime. I'm busy planning the new website, and it's as much fun as when we moved into our new house (well, fun for ME, since in both cases I get to just point to Patrick and say "Move this! No, wait! Move it back!").

And just as I did with that move, I'm taking time to really think about what each space is for, and who spends time in it, and what they enjoy.

With that in mind, I have question for all of you, who come and go from this space. If I were preparing a cozy guest room for you, and set out a welcome basket on the bedside table, name one blog and one book I could tuck in it that would make you feel at home.



Blogger DonW said...

Dear Kyran: I don't know in which order I visited them, but the last two blogs which I check pretty much every day, either before or after yours, are:

Ruthe Reichl (the former editor of Gourmet Magazine):

and "One Hell of An Eye"—The Official Blog of Mike Salisbury
Mr. Salisbury is a major force in the design world, so your Patrick likely has heard of him. His current article is about Trigger—yes, Roy's horse.

Bonus round: my favourite recently-read book would be one of Ms. Reichl's first memoirs, Tender at the Bone.

—Don Wilkes, Victoria, B.C.

P.S. If you can get it at a local newsstand, grab a copy of the Globe & Mail; they've totally redesigned it, and in a good way.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Kyran said...

Thanks, Don! You caught me before I tweaked the questions, but this is super helpful!

10:08 AM  
Blogger DonW said...

Oh, well—if you'd like me to name a book that would make me feel at home, then that would be Fowler's Modern English Usage! For a language junkie, it's an endless source of enlightenment and entertainment. It can be both hectoring and slyly permissive, much like Mr. Chipping of Goodbye, Mr. Chipps.


11:32 AM  
Blogger Cathy, Amy and Kristina said...

Came here from Dig This Chick. Am heading over to Toddler Planet next. As for a book, loved The Thirteenth Room. Can't wait to see the new digs!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Cathy, Amy and Kristina said...

Oops. The above comment was left by Arkie Mama (aka Cathy Frye). Used the wrong sign-in.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Savannah B said...

Sarabeth Jones' thedramatic, any-nonfic-thing by Anne Lamotte

2:23 PM  
Blogger Neil said...

I think my answers will surprise you.

Any novel by Henry James.

And for a blog -- Breed 'em and Weep by Jenn Mattern.

And I hope this cozy guest room isn't going to have such bright yellow walls?

And exciting to see you on Amazon.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...

This is great, you guys! I've discovered two blogs that are brand new to me, and have started a RSS folder for "reader favorites." Keep it coming.

3:06 PM  
Blogger RoKeSc said...


Stuart McLean's "Vinyl Café Notebook"

5:47 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Anything David Sedaris.

And you might want to give a tip of the hat to the Arkansas Times blog, living here and all. (Also, Finslippy. Just because.)

6:04 PM  
Blogger Spacebooke said... and runnersworld magazine...

7:03 PM  
Blogger RW said...


Have to get back to you on the book.
Looking forward to seeing the new site.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

I like to click on to:

At the moment I'm reading Maggie O'Farrell. Love her!

1:05 PM  
Blogger Mariellen said...

blog seth godibn - even when iqw as not in corporte UK/usa. what he said made sense on a personal level as well ...

Book - any issue of Quiltmania magazine ...

7:51 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

The Plum Series by Janet Evanavitch.

Domestic Reflections

10:37 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I second breedemandweep and add Herebehippogriffs (

For a book...(only one??? That's tough) I think I'll go with Walking on Water by Madeline L'Engle.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Becky said...


Book: Any by Angela Hunt

10:58 AM  
Blogger Kate The Great said...

To make me feel at home? Hm. That's an interesting question, because I notice you don't ask "what're your favorite blogs and books?"

The things that make me feel comfortable are thus:

one of my best friend's blogs: http;; The association with Google makes me uncomfortable, since Google is a Big Name, and I like Little Local Names. But once I get there, the familiarity shy rings, even if she doesn't post very often, makes me smile.

I'm actually going to list two books, because I love books so: The Complete Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton. It's taken me maybe two years to get through it because it's a bunch of newspaper-article-length stories that are, as the cover puts it "quietly sensational". Just enough detective fiction to keep me interested, but because the writing style is so... has often put me to sleep. But the stories are so short that it's okay; it's also okay that it's taken me this long to get through the whole book.

And Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall. Because if you were to walk into my home and look at my library and ask for a recommendation, that's what I would let you borrow.

6:55 PM  

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