Author Archives: jzbrence

Triscuit Moment 2.0

This month marks the first anniversary of currentlyblog.net!  Some of you may remember that it all started when I had that Triscuit Moment in the snack aisle of the grocery store last year.  Inspiration tends to strike in the unlikeliest … Continue reading

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Don’t Judge A Book By Its Genre

One of my favorite blogs is The Book Jam.  I always look forward to getting the latest book recommendations from Lisa Christie and Lisa Cadow, friends and avid readers in Norwich, Vermont.  The Book Jam also features author interviews and … Continue reading

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Malala Wins Nobel Prize

I couldn’t let another day go by without saying how thrilled I was to hear that Malala Yousefzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  The Nobel Committee’s announcement on Friday was remarkable for many reasons, not the least of which … Continue reading

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So Good, It’s Scary

What’s the scariest part of Halloween?  If you’re like me, it’s not the goblins and ghosts.  It’s the candy corn.  Don’t act so surprised!  Those tricolor kernels may be tiny, but they hold enormous power over me.  The moment the … Continue reading

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Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (2014) In a world that’s full of talking, the things that go unsaid are often the most significant.  They may be deeply-held feelings that are mutually understood and don’t need to be … Continue reading

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Culture Clash

This summer, scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) made a disturbing discovery:  hundreds of vials of deadly pathogens, packed in cardboard boxes and stashed in a little-used storage room on the agency’s Bethesda campus.  Live samples of smallpox, … Continue reading

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Hollister 911

Ladies and gentlemen, the 911 transcript you are about to read is true.  The names have been changed to protect the innocent. (Actually, none of it is true and no names were used at all, but go ahead and read … Continue reading

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We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (2014) The bad news is that summer is coming to a close.  The good news is that there’s still time to squeeze in one more terrific summer read.  In fact, one quiet afternoon may … Continue reading

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Still Got It

Most of the time, I think of myself as a typical mom:  chronically tired, several seasons behind in fashion trends and forever wondering what to make for dinner.  But once in a while, something happens that makes me think maybe, … Continue reading

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Long Man

Long Man by Amy Greene (2014) It is the summer of 1936 and the town of Yuneetah, Tennessee is disappearing.  The Tennessee Valley Authority has dammed the river known as Long Man, which runs through this valley, and the water … Continue reading

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