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90 Days

Creating a new habit takes at least 90 days. Today is the 90th day for this daily blog but it isn’t yet a habit. Writing a post every day isn’t as challenging as it was when I started, but it isn’t yet automatic. Habits, you’ll remember, are the things we do without thinking. They’re our autopilot.

Since daily blogging isn’t yet automatic, the clock starts again. Another 90 days.

What habits have you changed in the past? How long did it take? How does it feel now that the new habit is firmly in place?

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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