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The Next Step

Sometimes, no matter how hard we work, no matter how well we plan, the day can get away from us and the to-do list remains mostly undone.

Obviously, this is a glass half-full situation. We can focus on what we’ve done and be proud, or what we’ve not done and feel like a failure. What’s less obvious is that no matter which of those two options we choose, we’ve got to take the next step.

We might have a shorter list but one of those remaining tasks now takes priority. Our next step is to focus on it so that we can complete it to the best of our ability. Thinking about whether we did, or did not, tick off all the items from before is a waste of energy.

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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