Monthly Archives: January 2010

Good things in January. 9

January was filled with books and organizing and exercising. I have to say, to be honest with you, 2009 kind of sucked in a lot of ways. But this was a good beginning to the new year. I know many of you also write “good things” posts, and I would love it if you would […]

If you really want to hear about it. 4

I feel compelled to write what is surely the obligatory J.D. Salinger post. (Not that that’s a bad thing.) I only read The Catcher in the Rye once. Just the one time, as a freshman in high school. My librarian gave it to me and said, “I think you would like this.” And I did. […]

Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom 0

I didn’t really care for Away by Amy Bloom, but I did like her writing. I don’t remember exactly what I didn’t like about the story, just that it was a long hard lot of work for something I didn’t care for. But I wanted to try her book of short stories. I have been […]

Grasping for truth. 1

On Sunday, we had our deacon ordination. Two new deacons were ordained, and I was officially relieved of my deaconate duties. At least for now. When the pastor was thanking those of us who rotated off, he mentioned the man who was the deacon chair my first year on the deaconate, our friend who passed […]

What they do is not art. 4

As part of my fall manifesto, I intended to sign up for an art class with several of my coworkers. It ended up not working out because of timing and scheduling, but a few of us have decided to take a pottery class this spring, starting in March. I am equal parts excited and frightened, […]

As to me I know of nothing else but miracles. 15

“Miracles” by Walt Whitman Why, who makes much of a miracle? As to me I know of nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky, Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water, […]

Interview with Iain Lawrence, author of The Giant-Slayer 2

We’ve been very bookish here this week, which is kind of unusual. Next week, I expect things to settle back into a more normal routine. Blame the ALA awards plus me having a day off to get reading done plus the fact that I have discovered that I can totally read on the elliptical when […]

Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love by Pat Mora 1

I think that picking up a book of poetry can be hard. I relate better to poems when they are in a different sort of context, when someone tells me why he or she likes a poem. This is why I often try to frame the poems I post here, so that people will know […]

La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith 1

Three things about this picture: 1. Our sunroom is very bright! I am always surprised when I see the pictures. 2. My actual mug that I always use has been missing since last Monday. I might have left it in a teacher’s classroom? No one can find it. I bought a new one yesterday afternoon, […]

ALA winners! 1

This morning the ALA awards came out. There has been much excitement at our house about them, and I have been placing books on hold all morning. I wanted to highlight a few of the winners that I read in the past year that I recommend as well. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: […]

Days, nights, stories. 13

We have been speaking of mix CDs here lately, and one reason they have been on my mind is that we’ve been hard at work on some for a few weeks. Before we went to New York this fall, Mike kept saying he’d like to make a New York playlist. But, with one thing and […]

Perspective. 3

I am sorry that I did not get the CD winners posted yesterday. You would think that the first week after a vacation would be the difficult one. But you would be wrong. Last week was fine. This week has sucked big-time. I mean, there have been some nice things, like eating Mexican food and […]

Quiet authenticity. 3

I enjoyed this post by Don Miller, which is sort of about what Pat Robertson said about Haiti but which is mostly about being thoughtful about your faith and thoughtful about what it means to respond to people who, it seems, are not being very thoughtful at all. This, for me, was the pertinent quote: […]

Guest post by Lauren Kate, author of Fallen. 1

Today’s post comes to you courtesy of Lauren Kate, the author of Fallen, which I reviewed here. It reminded me of a recent conversation I had about how good food, like good writing, takes both hard work and inspiration. — There was a time in my life when I was an aspiring novelist. In my […]

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr 4

I have mentioned Sara Zarr several times before – I was a huge fan of Story of a Girl, I liked her thoughts on Acedia and Me, and she was a contributor to Jesus Girls. Just to mention a few. I asked for her new book for Christmas, and I was excited to read it, […]

All shall love my bathroom and despair! 5

(With apologies to the Lady Galadriel.) I promised some new pictures. Are you ready? We are not quite ready to reveal our “standing in the shower” shot to match up with this one, but we are getting closer to that every day. Some highlights! Cabinet and countertop in the laundry room (will have a sink […]

The differences between us. 7

Scene: The Farmer’s Market, Saturday morning. At a booth of homemade crafts, Mike and Kari spot a snowman in a similar posture to the one on the left, scooping up snow with a shovel. MIKE: Aw! He’s making himself a family! KARI: Or cleaning up the scene of a murder. That . . . pretty […]

Beautiful and terrible things will happen. 1

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created […]

The Giant-Slayer by Iain Lawrence 1

We have a lot of books at school with covers like this, and they check out, but I have to admit that it’s not my favorite sort of cover art. In this case, the cover art is also a little bit misleading, because this is not just a book about a small boy who grows […]

Like the stars across the heavens flung. 6 / CC BY 2.0 When Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am,” he did us no favor, but further fragmented us, making us limit ourselves to the cognitive at the expense of the imaginative and the intuitive. But each time we read the gospels, we are offered anew this healing reconciliation and, if we […]