Angela Amman

Angela

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

  Witches hold a strange sort of power in stories. I can remember playing The Wizard of Oz with my friends when we were kids, taking turns being Glinda, because she had the prettiest costume. Abbey's Halloween costume this year was the Wicked Witch, but she was more interested in the oversized shoulder pads and [...]

The Interestings – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

For a brief period in college, I obsessively looked at applications to be a counselor at a sleep away camp. After having a rollicking good time for two summers as a day camp counselor, I wanted to take the job up a notch. Deterred by bugs and logistics, I took a job at The Gap [...]

After I Do – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

Who knew extra-curricular decisions for six and four year olds could be complicated? (Well, fine, all parents of older children who have warned me about it, but… ) The circular thoughts about over-scheduling and what we think they should do versus what they've shown an interest in doing and what about when they've shown an [...]

Boundaries and spaces

– Posted in: challenges

The polar vortex came to visit Tuesday, at least I think that's what all of the weather people mean. All I know is I'm wearing a sweater right now; the blast of cold air when I left the gym this morning cooled me down and woke me up more than my run. The air doesn't [...]

Saturdays

– Posted in: Favorites, Joy

Mopping wasn't in my plans, but a storm of home improvement dust coated the surface of the tiles. A bucket and mop would take the place of whatever I'd expected to be doing for the next thirty minutes. Unplanned for cleaning left me a bit grumpy, but I paused. Steam intensified the scent in the [...]

Take a seat – LTYM videos are here!

– Posted in: Joy, Writing & Blogging

Bedtime was already ticking past its expiration. Three rousing games of Zingo — red card, then green card, then red again — and a patience-straining room pick up meant the sun was beginning to dip toward the horizon. Still, we read. Stories are a balm in our days. They soothe our bad moods and calm [...]

Suzanne Davis Gets a Life – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

Abbey has determined that when she becomes an adult she will be a veterinarian. Also, she wants to add ballerina, artist, writer, pediatrician, and lifeguard to that list, depending on her mood when you ask her. Though that seems like a lot, it might be more manageable with her proposed living arrangement, which is to [...]

A Good Year for the Roses – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

Molly Taylor curses in her head — rather frequently, in fact. Often, those exasperated sighs are directed at a bit of ridiculous imagined by one or more of her three sons, particularly once the four of them take up residence with her eccentric Uncle Bertie. Uncle Bertie is a retired Admiral in the British Navy [...]

A sneak peek – My Other Ex

– Posted in: Writing & Blogging

My kids chose the ringtones for my new phone. I still startle at some of them. The chirping and beeping are so unlike the sounds I'd become accustomed to with my previous phone, but I know the text message tone. I can ignore the email one a lot of the time — I get notifications [...]

Hannah, Delivered – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

Neither of my deliveries went the way I planned. I've written about them, cried about them, reflected on them, and in the end I find myself in a place of gratitude for how each of them ended. I know, though, not all women feel the same way after falling down the rabbit hole of hospital [...]