This is a bittersweet post. Unfortunately, our resident reader Tara has asked to bow out of the blog. She can't devote the time to it she'd like, and doesn't want the blog to suffer for it, which is hard to admit and admirable to do.
Here at Across the Board we came together as strangers, but over time I've started to think of my fellow bloggers as family. And it's always hard to separate from family members, but sometimes, as with kids leaving for college, it's a necessary part of life.
So, it's sad to see Tara go but it's not like she won't still be around to cheer us on and, of course, we'll never lose the good time we spent with her. So, with that in mind, I'm going to share some of my favorite posts from Tara. (And if, like me, you're feeling maudlin, you can play some Sarah McLachlan music as you remember the good times.)
Tara's first post
Tara's predictions for summer 2015 (she was sure right about THE MARTIAN, huh?)
Tara's guide to scary books for wimps
Tara's look at Banned Book Week
Tara's suggestions for the holidays
Tara's look at our favorite classic characters
Best of luck, Tara! You'll be missed!