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Laundry Room Before & After

After receiving my most-recent rejection letter, I’ve decided it’s time to shelf the novel.  Don’t worry.  The tears have been shed and I’m trying (so far unsuccessfully) to comfort myself with Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena and all the statistics… Continue Reading →

Bookshelf Before & After

I got a bookshelf from our local Buy Nothing group and the plan was to use it, as is, as a Lego display for the boys’ growing collection.  Every windowsill and ledge in the house was lined with Lego creations and we thought maybe… Continue Reading →

When Breath Becomes Air

Completed: April 26, 2016 I feel trepidatious writing about this book.  The author, Paul Kalanithi, died just one year ago and there is the sensation of walking on still broken earth; a sort of holiness still hovering around his story.  It… Continue Reading →

What’s NOT on My List

I’m currently awash in the rejections that are freely flowing my direction from literary agents.   I thought I was prepared for it.  I was steeling myself.  But yeah, it’s not awesome.  In fact, it feels pretty terrible, truth be told…. Continue Reading →

Quote of the Week

Brought to you by… Fr. Richard Rohr via The Liturgists podcast I finally found my jam My husband is really into podcasts.  He’s got all his go-to favorites for when he’s out jogging, driving in the car, gardening, you name it…. Continue Reading →

Family Dinner or Dante’s Inferno?

#tbt — from April 2014 Family Dinner. What does that phrase bring to mind? Maybe something like this? Or this? Think again, people.  ‘Cause family dinner at our house this past week has been more like the 9 circles of hell than any Brady Bunch… Continue Reading →

We Need New Names

Completed April 9, 2016 A novel by NoViolet Bulawayo that starts with 10-year-old Darling in Zimbabwe and follows her journey as she moves to America to live with an aunt.  It’s a fast and interesting read and a few days after I… Continue Reading →

Isaiah: 6

At this exact moment six years ago I was listening to my doctor say in a totally annoying serene voice, “Ok, Nancy, I need you to keep pushing, can you give me one more push?”  Oh, I’ll give you one more… Continue Reading →

Far From Blind: Faith Like a Child

A couple weeks ago at church I heard someone say, “I just love working with kids.  Their blind faith is so inspiring.  I learn so much from them.  We all need blind faith like that, you know?”   All the… Continue Reading →

3 Fun Finds – Workout Edition

Remember when I did a triathlon?   This week is when I started training for it 2 years ago and looking back, I’ve come a long way.  Mainly because I stopped drinking milk but that’s a different story for a different… Continue Reading →

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