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Moving On

To all of Randa’s Fans – it’s time to move on. But I’m not going far: if you enjoy this blog and want to continue receiving updates about what I’m reading, writing, and thinking about (e.g. books, writing, cats, DC … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

The Challenge: “Layers. Layers can reveal, conceal, and make something more complex. They can vary in size, texture, color, or functionality. Each layer can have its own story, meaning, or purpose. They can overlap, blend, or be distinctly separate. A layer … Continue reading

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Free Book Friday: Wolf Hall

I like to support independent booksellers when I travel. For the past few years I’ve been fortunate to spend a good deal of time at my friend’s inn up in Woodstock, VT, and there are two great little book shops … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

This may not seem like the most obvious choice for a photograph representing habit, but I will explain. This week’s challenge asks that we show “something that’s a HABIT. It could be your daily walk to the bus stop, or … Continue reading

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Gray Kitty Gillis

The week Watkins came to live with me I took him to the vet for his shots. He was eight weeks old. As I filled out the forms I left the Name field blank, because I had not decided what … Continue reading

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The Wedding: Highlight Reel

— Chris & Tabitha, October 26, 2013, Owen Farm, Chapmansboro, TN —

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The Toast

— Chris & Tabitha, October 25, 2013, Owen Farm, Chapmansboro, TN — [Text of toast that I gave with my gal pal, Courtney, the Magnificent Matron of Honor] Bill: In trying to figure out what to say today, I asked … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning

There are many versions of a good morning. Today, for instance, sleeping a little later, then propping up on pillows in the bed to drink coffee and read – ever steadily toward the end of Wolf Hall, which I will … Continue reading

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Free Book Friday: Beautiful Ruins

It’s the first Free Book Friday here at Randa’s Fans! It won’t happen every Friday, but when I have a book in good condition that I no longer need or want to keep for whatever reason, I have decided to … Continue reading

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Standing Desk: A Month of Standing

When I moved to France I was homesick and overwhelmed by the language and I remember thinking, if only I’d been here a month already. I was twenty-two. A month seemed like forever. Now they fly by. It’s already been … Continue reading

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