In Praise of Memorization - Addison L. Jones Blog - Blydyn Square Books

In Praise of Memorization

I love to memorize things. Ever since second grade, when my dad helped me learn all 50 state capitals, I’ve felt strangely powerful when I manage to master a new body of knowledge. Sure, maybe I’ll never use it, but there’s something about having all that information, tucked away in the filing cabinet of your…

The Salon - Addison L. Jones Blog - Blydyn Square Books

The Salon

For lots of women, the salon is a luxurious place—a safe haven away from the demands of the real world, where they can shuck off the need to be “Mom” or “wife” or “worker” and just pamper themselves with a blowout or a manicure and feel like a woman. To me? The salon is hell.…

On Mutts - Addison L. Jones Blog - Blydyn Square Books

On Mutts

My friend and fellow Blydyn Square Books author Everett De Morier has a theory when it comes to dogs. He says a purebred dog is carefully created to DO something—whether the job in question is retrieving or hunting or, in the case of the two pugs I had for 15 years, behaving like the Asian…

Lady With An Ermine - Addison L. Jones Blog - Blydyn Square Books

Lady with an Ermine

One of my favorite pieces of artwork has always been Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Lady with an Ermine. I’m not sure why I like it so much. Maybe it’s because I love da Vinci himself. Leonardo was the ultimate Renaissance Man—dabbling in everything from the art he’s best known for to scientific inventions to theater…

S.A.D. - Addison L. Jones Blog - Blydyn Square Books

S.A.D.

Lots of people get depressed during the cold winter months—so many, in fact, that there’s a name for it: seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Me? I’m the opposite. I thrive during the dark days of winter but slowly peter down to an inevitable depression every year as the days grown longer and hotter. Maybe it’s…

On "Spring" Cleaning - Addison L. Jones Blog - Blydyn Square Books

On “Spring” Cleaning

I was throwing out all my hoarded-up paper and assorted and sundry trash, trying to get myself organized, and vacuuming behind those tough-to-move pieces of furniture the other day when something occurred to me: Why do we do SPRING cleaning? I’m not saying we shouldn’t clean in the spring. Truth be told, I think we…