books

The Magical Land of Writing a Book

Jane Smiley used to ride at the same barn where I took a few lessons in my youth. You know, Pulitzer prize winner Jane Smiley, author of a dozen NY Times bestsellers? That Jane Smiley. I groupie-stalked her from afar. She looked so… normal. I’d never read one of her books–I still haven’t, to be honest–but I was…… Continue reading The Magical Land of Writing a Book

Christian reflections

Like a Turtle on a Fencepost * 10 Minute Devotional

Alex Haley, author or Roots, kept a photo in his office of a turtle on a fencepost. When asked about this odd conversation piece, he’d respond: Any time I start to think, ‘Look how good I am,’ I look at the turtle—me—and realize I did not get here by myself. Sometimes Daryl and I talk about…… Continue reading Like a Turtle on a Fencepost * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections

Courage, Dear Heart * 10 Minute Devotional

I’ve never chosen a “word of the year” before. My blogger friends all seemed to have one: faith, unity, joy, presence. One word for the whole year ahead. Yet it felt odd to me, somehow, to choose a word for the next 365 days. How could I put them into a one-word box so early…… Continue reading Courage, Dear Heart * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections · Family life

11 Things No One Told Me About Marriage

As of this Saturday, Daryl and I will have been married for eleven years. 132 months. 4015 days. 96,360 minutes. (Anyone else getting “Seasons of Love” stuck in their heads right about now?) It’s been an incredible ride. I could write out all the clichés that are somehow true (I love him more today than…… Continue reading 11 Things No One Told Me About Marriage