Angela Amman

Angela

The 24th Letter – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

Though he prefers his hot dogs without the trappings of a Coney, Dylan would happily eat at Coney Island restaurants at least once a week. Growing up in Michigan, he will learn that there's some version of a Coney Island every couple of miles, and when he's old enough to drink it, he will likely [...]

Bits and pieces

– Posted in: challenges, Favorites

I coax them out of bed now, but only on school days. They mind autumn's darkness those mornings, as sleepy voices come to life and make choices about breakfasts and snacks for school. Some evenings I pull things together before I tumble into bed, but most nights I run out of time before "make lunches [...]

Painting between the slats

– Posted in: challenges

Ryan has never liked them. Several of the closets in our house are festooned with slatted closet doors. They reek of the 1970s, slick almond paint and ornate handles that hoard their dust and the memories of the lives lived here before ours. During lazy summer days, with an overhead fan whirring, I read piles [...]

Juliet’s Nurse – A Review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

We giggled a little when our teacher explained the bawdier lines in Romeo and Juliet, our junior high selves shocked that someone as hallowed as Shakespeare used dirtier jokes than we did. Those lines come to life when read by people other than ninth graders stumbling over iambic pentameter for the first time, and I [...]

Sisterland – A Review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

  "Mommy?" she asked, exasperated, "Why didn't you just have two girls?" I teased her a bit that a little sister might not be nearly as accommodating as her brother. I don't doubt how much she adores him, but there is a part of me that understands that desire to experience sisterhood. But as Pinkalicious [...]

Martinis and Interviews

– Posted in: Writing & Blogging

Word association questions always make me feel like I'm in the scene at the beginning of Ghostbusters, where Dr. Peter Venkman is testing people for their paranormal aptitude. Obviously, I love such questions, because who doesn't want to be in an imaginary movie scene with Bill Murray? Also, while looking for the correct spelling of [...]

Get the Behavior You Want… – A Review

– Posted in: Book Reviews, Book Tours

I spent the afternoon volunteering at my daughter's school, a fundraiser that focuses on outdoor activity. I spent my hours with one eye on Dylan becoming the dirtiest preschooler in the world in the sandbox and the other on the obstacle course. I cheered and clapped, reminded kids about what to do at each station [...]

Sparks

– Posted in: Parenting, Writing & Blogging

I've listened to friends brainstorm ideas to keep them organized. Pinterest boards have suggestions, from the utilitarian to the adorably creative, to keep the tiny, colorful blocks from becoming an obstacle course of pain on the playroom floor. Still, until lately, our LEGO collection fit into a single plastic container, tucked on our playroom shelves. (I guess [...]

Falling out of friendship – Buy My Other Ex today

– Posted in: Writing & Blogging

Still deep in the trenches of child-rearing, my current conversations with friends happen in a few different ways. The flying-fingers text exchanges Interrupted conversations that intersperse adult-talk with corrections to child behavior Marathon chats that happen when the stars align and everyone's schedules part for a rare night together Conversations with my friends didn't always [...]

When quiet is loud

– Posted in: Joy

My sweet boy, You wore your backpack for almost forty minutes before we had to leave, and even with photos on the porch and double-checked car seat buckles, we were early. Earlier, you shrugged off the shirt I chose and pulled on an old favorite in your beloved green, and I let you wear it [...]