Old Dog, New Tricks

I’ve been nostalgic for my book blog for a few months now and am brining it out of retirement.  The last few years have been filled with many adventures, most time consuming of them all was a return to college.  Syllabi, professors, papers, presentations, and research have consumed my days, nights, and weekends for the last year.  I never really felt my age until walking back into a college classroom with my backpack and pencil case 21 years after graduating the first time. Looking out on a sea of bright young faces not much older than the students I used to teach was a bit jarring, but they have all proven themselves to be fun, smart, and honest!  Returning to college as an adult, I am more mindful of my readings, homework and the opportunities the college provides for students. I recently completed a training course to become a crisis counselor in the event of an emergency here in New Jersey and have been working part-time as a graduate research assistant for the chair of my department.  The workload is intense when coupled with my full-time job, but I am energized and really love the courses.

It’s been difficult to find time to read anything more than my textbooks, but I am looking forward to a relaxing summer filled with some good books, reviews, and blog posts!  The landscape of book blogging has changed a bit over the years, but I hope to meet up with some old friends and make some new ones.  My nightstand is cluttered with stacks of counseling books, research, and half-written papers and blogging might be just the outlet I need!  Here’s to a revival of sorts here at Book Line and Sinker!  I’m looking forward to the next chapter.


  • At 2017.05.14 15:42, Dishy said:

    You have made this old dog very happy indeed. WELCOME BACK TO THE BLOG-O-SPHERE, BABY!
    Dishy´s last blog post ..Three Things I Love About My House.

    • At 2017.05.16 21:34, Natalie said:

      Thanks, pal. It’s nice to be back in the saddle again. xox

    • At 2017.05.14 21:22, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

      It’s so good to see you back! Congratulations on going back to school – it sounds like it was a great move for you.

      • At 2017.05.16 21:35, Natalie said:

        Hi, Kathy! I am so happy you are still blogging away–you always were such a solid and steady presence in the book blogging community. Thanks so much for the warm welcome! 🙂

      • At 2017.05.17 06:16, Care said:

        Hi! Great to “see” you! ????
        Care´s last blog post ..Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie

        • At 2017.05.20 12:29, Natalie said:

          You, too! I miss everyone and this blog so here I am. 🙂

        • At 2017.05.18 18:35, g said:

          OMG you’re back! I’ve missed this window into your life. College? What??! FILL. ME. IN. (You know all I do is have babies.)

          • At 2017.05.20 12:30, Natalie said:

            Hello, my dearest old friend. I miss you too and am happy to see you here. Maybe you can move your tribe back to the East Coast? It’s not the same without you. xoxo

          • At 2017.06.07 06:10, Beth F said:

            So excited to hear from you! See how behind the times I am? It took until today for me to see what my friends have been doing the last couple of weeks.
            Beth F´s last blog post ..Wordless Wednesday 449

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