My Husband Has No Olfactory Sensibility

Posted by Adriana on January 17, 2017 in Nonfiction, Personal Essays, Personal Notes, Writing |

Is there such a thing as the right day of the year to have all your rugs washed? Yes, there is. It’s when someone opens the backyard door for the dog to go out to do its first business of the day, and allows it back inside after being sprayed by a skunk. I must […]


Unexpected Parenting Books

Posted by Adriana on May 5, 2016 in Nonfiction, Parenting, Reading |

Unexpected Parenting Books by Adriana Gomes As Mother’s Day approaches I thought about the many parenting books I read in my over eighteen years on the job. Starting with the obvious “What to Expect When You Are Expecting” and many others after that. Books on dealing with tantrums, poor sleeping, picky eating, teenagers, I read […]


My Life in France and Valentine’s Day

Posted by Adriana on February 13, 2013 in Nonfiction |

As Valentine’s Day approaches I’m busy with red and pink related chores: – Helping my daughters make valentines for their teachers and school friends (check); – Decorating boxes to hold the charming notes they will certainly receive (check); – Planning our family dinner and purchasing one of the, tempting looking, heart shaped desserts from the […]

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The Swerve – How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

Posted by Adriana on June 25, 2012 in Nonfiction |

Review by Adriana Gomes In April Stephen Greenblatt was honored with The Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for “The Swerve – How the World Became Modern.” In its citation, the Pulitzer board described “The Swerve” as “a provocative book arguing that an obscure work of philosophy, discovered nearly 600 years ago, changed the course of […]

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