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I'm thinking Lunch.com is a pretty smart way to get recommendations -- and trying it out.  I'm a writer, blogger, mom (3 kids, 3 dogs, 2 cats) who basically has a lot of fun and approaches life with a slightly raised eyebrow.  My tastes in music are eclectic (L'il Wayne to Shawn Colvin to Gorillaz to Bach Piano Concertos or Beatles or … more

reviewed To Kill a Mockingbird (book). January 31, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird
I almost feel silly reviewing To Kill a Mockingbird; has anyone not read it?      When Harper Lee was asked about To Kill a Mockingbird in 1964, she denied that it was autobiographical, …
reviewed The Philadelphia Story. January 31, 2009
The Philadelphia Story is one of those movies where it's hard to decide which element is best: the stars themselves (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart -- who won Best Actor Oscar); the writing …
reviewed A Layoff in the Smith Family Ripples .... January 29, 2009
The Wall Street Journal is famous for its "keyhole approach" -- letting a small, personal perspective open the door to a broader story.  In this remarkable, simple piece, writer Ben Casselman chronicles …
reviewed Earth Friendly Products' Stain and Od.... January 28, 2009
Earth Friendly Products' Stain and Odor Remover
On election day recently, my 15 y/o was volunteering, going door-to-door.  A puppy followed him, limping slightly, for almost a mile.  Long story short, he brought the puppy home -- and though …
reviewed D'Corazon Mexican Restaurant. January 17, 2009
D'Corazon Mexican Restaurant
Sure, there are times when you want culinary adventure: fusion.  Reductions.  Something served three ways.  For those times, you should go someplaces besides D'Corazon.  Because while …
reviewed The Chess Garden. January 17, 2009
Brooks Hansen Chess Garden
This book exists in layers of story and levels of meaning like nearly no other book I have read. It has been compared to Nabokov, Poe, Arthurian legend, and Calvino - draw your own conclusions -- but …
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January 08, 2010
Hi Merredith, it's been a long time since we've seen you on Lunch and I'd like to update you on some of the new features Lunch offers now!  We've added Micro Reviews which are 100 characters or less and something called lists.  For a more extensive look at what's been going on, take a look at our press page!  2010 will be a new and exciting year for Lunch and we hope to share that with you! 
January 28, 2009
Hi Rachel, I totally did play your Discovery Channel games, thank you very much. And I have to admit, I laughed when they popped up on my screen. VERY clever, and a great idea for discovering similarities. I'd love to tell you tha I wrote for Discovery Channel in its "While You Were Out" period -- or its "cool period," as we call it. But no. I wrote for Discovery before it was cool. I wrote for Discovery when it was geeky. I wrote for three shows, all of them tangentially about education or technology -- Best Seat in the Class (which would have been interesting, but its host was a teeny bit wooden); Champions & Challenges; Urban Education in America. I know -- I'm positive you watched them, didn't everyone? Some were actually inspiring -- in fact, my favorite school in the entire country is in South Central L.A. -- called Foshay Urban Learning Academy. I wish it were more exciting -- but it's the truth. :)
January 18, 2009
Heya Meredith! I read your "About me" and was laughing to myself.. I had a roommate in London who was from Colorado and when I complained it was too cold, he would also tell me "that's because you've only ever experienced two seasons in California!" SO TRUE (It's been about 70-75 lately here!) I can't wait to see more of your reviews. Let me know if you need help with anything around the site!
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