The worth of battered books, and us (plus a sneak peek into Book 8)

I woke up dreaming of a battered book. I’d been thumbing through it and wincing that poor-quality sticky notes had left yellow squares on pages, along with what I suspected was coffee or soda splotches. And that brown smear? Oh, I hoped it was chocolate. I sighed in frustration. Not that long ago the book … Continue reading The worth of battered books, and us (plus a sneak peek into Book 8)

Book 7 teaser–Are you being forced or are you allowed to choose?

I've discovered the easiest way to decide what's "right" and what's "wrong": by asking, "Am I being forced to accept this?" If someone lays out the facts, then takes a step back to let me ponder and evaluate, then I'm much more inclined to accept their position. But if someone tries to force their ideas … Continue reading Book 7 teaser–Are you being forced or are you allowed to choose?

Book 7 Teaser–Does “the dogma live loudly within you”?

Last week Senator Diane Feinstein tried to shame a judicial nominee, Amy Barrett, law a professor at Notre Dame and a Catholic mother of seven children, for her religiosity. Feinstein said, “the dogma lives loudly within you.” It was meant as an accusation for Barrett's devotion to her religion. But I can’t imagine great praise … Continue reading Book 7 Teaser–Does “the dogma live loudly within you”?

Book 7 teaser–He still had a foundation, and something new could be built for him

I go walking a few times each week, and yesterday went exploring a quiet, tracked lane by myself. It's not hard to lure me into the woods, and I was surprised to soon find myself on a peninsula with untouched fields of wild blueberries and black berries. And I also found boulders! I felt like … Continue reading Book 7 teaser–He still had a foundation, and something new could be built for him

Book 7 Teaser: Tell God what you want!

“Your problem is that you haven’t told God that you need a miracle. Tell him! Demand a miracle!” That was the advice my friend gave me when, seventeen years ago, we were drowning. I was pregnant with my 6th, my husband had lost his job and the part-time job he had in the meantime wasn't … Continue reading Book 7 Teaser: Tell God what you want!

Move from Utah to Maine, Day 4–Welcome to the east, Kirtland, and our 29th anniversary

(Current location, Batavia, NY, a town in upstate New York which has at least four different ways to pronounce it and we're probably still not saying it correctly.) Something strange happened as I stepped out of our hotel this morning into the heavy, warm, humid air of Ohio. Memories rushed me, and it was as … Continue reading Move from Utah to Maine, Day 4–Welcome to the east, Kirtland, and our 29th anniversary

Move from Utah to Maine, Day 2–Siri lies, “Housebuilder” joins us, and Nebraska is as long as Wyoming

Our 9.5 hour drive took 14+ hours, and I still don't know why. But we made it to Indianoloa, Iowa, and while I hoped to be more coherent this evening, that ain't gonna happen, so let's not even pretend. But I did find a way to download my photos! Here's my view of my husband's … Continue reading Move from Utah to Maine, Day 2–Siri lies, “Housebuilder” joins us, and Nebraska is as long as Wyoming

What if we just quit bothering with the world? The easiness of essentialism.

What if, instead of worrying about the world and its expectations, we focused on only a couple of key items and let the rest of world just . . . go on its way? Think about that: maybe there’s only a handful of things we really need to worry about, and as for the millions … Continue reading What if we just quit bothering with the world? The easiness of essentialism.

The Internet Civility Award (TICA): Who will you award it to?

The other day something astonishing happened on my Facebook page. Friend #1 posted his feelings about government spending, and Friend #2 chimed in with an opposing viewpoint. Friend #1 presented more evidence. Friend #2 countered and began to escalate. This is the astonishing part: Friend #1 explained his beliefs, then APOLOGIZED if he stepped on … Continue reading The Internet Civility Award (TICA): Who will you award it to?

The Best Spot in the world may not be where you think it is

There isn’t One Best Place in the world. That came to me Tuesday as perfectly clear blue skies tempted me outside, despite 19 degree temperatures. My winter brain desperately needed the sunshine. Besides, I got the impression that Maine was trying very hard to win me over during my last hours. (Which was a smart … Continue reading The Best Spot in the world may not be where you think it is