Friday, February 18, 2011

The Tragic Existence of Spike

Spike doesn’t get along with the other animals in the neighborhood. The dogs won’t play with him; they tease him about his size and claim he’s too rough. He supposes the cats are afraid of him, although none have ever come close enough to ask. He heaves a sigh and lumbers down the street toward home, trying to ignore the shouts and growls from the dogs he passes. Maybe Dr. Frank will want to play when he gets home, but he will probably just work on his new project.  Sighing again, Spike laments his existence as a designer mini-stegosaurus rex.

This story is dedicated to my son, who would probably love a pet Spike.

*tap, tap* Does this thing still work?

Um, hi. I haven't forgotten about this blog, honest. However, it turns out that growing a person saps creative energy about like a really cute leech. Or maybe a non-sparkly vampire. I'm making an effort to at least post some 100-word stories, maybe some other stuff, too, starting today, on a weekly basis. I'll probably post some book reviews from books I've been reading. Anyway, there will be a 100-word story posted just after this, so there you go! There's another one in the works, too!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Book Review "The Irrsistible Henry House" by Lisa Grunwald

The Irresistible Henry HouseThe Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a really, really sad story. It basically begins in a "practice house" where young women in the 20s-60s learned to be housewives and cook, clean, and care for babies. The psychological damage done to these babies by never being allowed to form any constant attachment for the first 2 years of life is really quite sad. The main character still goes on to lead an interesting life, and the author does a brilliant job of discussing a boy's/man's perspective in the world where he's missing the ability to truly love anyone. I think it's a fascinating part of 20th century history that is rarely even mentioned, so I'm glad I read this book, but it was really very disheartening to think of all the children brought up in these houses and then adopted out.

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