If you’re anything like me, a nightstand devoid of reading material is enough to drive fear into your heart. From novels to nonfiction, short stories to poetry, young adult literature to graphic novels, having a good book at the ready can be everything. Since I’m always scouting around for new great books, I wanted to…… Continue reading 19 New Books You Should Read in 2019
Today’s the big day!
Because sometimes less is more.
Ever feel buried by your stuff? Run ragged by your schedule? Constantly distracted by your digital devices?
Help is here.
[Plus, read the first chapter of Uncluttered for free!]
So… over the past couple of years I wrote a book. Last March I submitted the manuscript for Uncluttered. Later that spring I revised, hunted down citations, and worked with a fabulous team of editors who alternately served as exhorters, critics, and cheerleaders, depending on what each paragraph needed most. I got a first peek…… Continue reading So… I Wrote a Book
For anyone dreaming a creative dream you fear will never come true, keep at it.
Early in my high school years, I broke my ankle at soccer practice. I’d just started getting playing time, and even scored a goal in a game (my first) the day before. Then Lindsay Vetter and I went for the ball at the same second in a drill (she won), and I came down hard…… Continue reading Embracing Limits (Soul Space Thursday)
There’s a great short story by Herman Melville about a notary with a rotten boss who suddenly decides he’s had enough. After years of drudgery, serving as a legal scribe without adequate compensation or respect, one day when Bartleby’s boss asks him to examine a paper, he hesitates. “Bartleby,” writes Melville, “in a singularly mild,…… Continue reading Knowing No (Soul Space Thursdays)
When I was eleven months pregnant with our second child (okay, okay, it was only eight-and-a-half, but it felt like eleven), I picked up our three-year-old at preschool only to have his teacher stop me at the door. “You know,” she said, reaching behind her for a clipboard, “Lincoln hasn’t taken the bird home this…… Continue reading A Laser Yes (Soul Space Thursday)
Daryl sometimes jokes that I’m a crock pot. Apparently when you go 10 days overdue with one baby and then five days overdue with the next, you get labeled a slow cooker. The thing is though, I am in love with my crock pot, so I don’t care. One of the easiest ways to simplify…… Continue reading Cook Slowly (Soul Space Thursdays)