My daughter brought another new thing into my 2018, this one clay, strangely shaped, and lead-heavy. She’d haggled over it in a Moroccan market and lugged it around that country, to Spain, and then as a carry-on for the trip back home. If that’s not sacrificial love, what is?Read More
Last week, my family ventured north to an indoor water resort for a few days of pretending it’s not still the middle of winter. We splashed, caught some waves, and froze our hair into icy points while sitting in the outdoor hot tubs. I did just enough of these activities to earn “fun mom” status.
I also attempted some of the dry “fun” on my quest for gaining more points as a fun mom. The most memorable activity for me became the indoor high ropes course.Read More
In honor of my beloved silent sentinels that stand proud on nice wooden shelves, I journal the names of all books read. In 2017, 96 special books passed through my hands, heart, mind, and soul. The year championed Agatha Christie mysteries, returned to time and again for their ability to surprise, their championing of moral codes, their peek into English society of the 1940s-1960s, seen through the eyes of the dapper Hercule Poirot, the deceivingly complex Miss Marple. New York Times notables, blind dates arranged by friends, and a few strangers also made the cut.Read More
Even though I’ve completed a big fat ZERO books in December, I exceeded my reading goal for the year and let me tell you the fun I just had looking back over all the books I read. Not only do I record each book I read, but I give each a star rating. I’m so tempted to go back and change the ratings I gave certain books!
But I’m letting it lay where it is. According to my nerdish records, these are my most highly rated, five-star books from 2017.Read More
One of my favorite chapters in Stories from the Jesus House describes a man who has transformed himself into a drag queen. He shows up at the Jesus House in his tight and skimpy clothes, wearing full and thick face makeup while carrying a pink handbag which doubles as an offensive tool to make his point.Read More
A mother, father, sister, and brother lived in a one-story house in Texas. The Christmas season did not bring snow and freezing temperatures like it did when they moved Up North, but it did bring tamales and jalapeno corn and an advent calendarRead More
My reading life is all kinds of warm fuzzy when the person I am on page one of a book is different from the person finishing the book's final word.
Why do you read? Do you read to be entertained? To gain information? To become more empathetic?
To be transformed?Read More
Many years ago, an acquaintance friend offered to go running with me. It didn’t take long for him to realize he got less than he bargained for. After running down just a couple of blocks, he asked how it was possible for me to be running so slow.Read More