Author Archives: Tanya B

About Tanya B

A working mother, engaged in the good work of protecting public education for all mothers' children

Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline My rating: 4 of 5 stars While this book was fantastic, I don’t think I’m its ideal reader. I’m the right age, but maybe not the right gender and definitely not the right pop … Continue reading

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Learning to Tell Tales

My favorite place in the world is my great-grandparents’ trailer. I rally to spend as much time as possible there, especially in the summer. Located on a spit of land between the truck route 172 and the Union River, the … Continue reading

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Evermore Thanks #Nerdlution #50

Since its been far more than 50 days, some of us may forget that the idea here was 50 blog posts in 50 days, taken up from many of my #NWP and #nerdybookclub friends and colleagues who issued the challenge: … Continue reading

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The Flamethrowers, a Book Review #Nerdlution #49

Who doesn’t love a book set in 1975 with a female protagonist who rides a Moto Valera across the Bonneville Salt Flats? This intellectually stimulating novel moves across physical space from Reno to New York, to Rome, across time from … Continue reading

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Crossing the Finish Line #Nerdlution #48

My friend Tammy is my friend from the playground and the race course. She is raising two lovely daughters, one the same age as SWIF and one a couple of years younger. Over the last year her younger daughter has … Continue reading

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For My Friend, Jim #Nerdlution #47

I should begin by saying thank you, Jim. You’ve been one of the silent readers, quietly signaling, now and then, that you are following this blog project, giving me a little push, checking in once in a while. As in … Continue reading

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F-You, Greenpeace #Nerdlution #46

(with apologies to all of my kinder, gentler readers)  So yesterday I’m walking home from work, running the downtown Berkeley gauntlet of homeless people, drunken college students, and petition signature seekers between my office and Bart when I see him, … Continue reading

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Of Bakers, Balzers and Baseball: Postscript, Facing Forward #Nerdultion #45

I am from Maine. Deeply. I can trace roots in this place back to the Revolutionary War. And in case you don’t know this about Mainers, we tend to be a taciturn people. I don’t know how other quiet Mainers … Continue reading

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Of Bakers, Balzers and Baseball, game 3, The Giants!  (OR Bad Fan) #Nerdlution #44

Today we are in my so-far favorite Cactus League Stadium, Giants Stadium, in Scottsdale, Arizona, to watch my favorite team, The San Francisco Giants. We had hoped to catch two Giants games, but by the time I make up my … Continue reading

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Of Bakers, Balzers and Baseball, game 2, Lawn Seats #Nerdlution #43

On the second day of spring training extravaganza, we visit the new Cubs Stadium in Mesa. We do this because the Balzers are Cubs fans, because the stadium is the biggest and the newest in the valley, and because it … Continue reading

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