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19 New Books You Should Read in 2019

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

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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

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Taking Some Soul Space (Soul Space Thursday)

Things are about to ramp up around here. Thanksgiving plans are underway; Advent is just around the corner; Christmas is coming. Church is about to get busy. School is about to get busy. Home is about to get busy. I can see the busy on the horizon like a storm front rolling in. It’s a…… Continue reading Taking Some Soul Space (Soul Space Thursday)

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5 Things to Avoid in Your Blog Bio

Often I learn things the hard way. Example 1: I learned not to wash the preschooler’s red Iron Man shirt with light-colored clothing. Duh. (On the plus side, we now have lots of pink socks.) Example 2: I learned to avoid telling someone recently diagnosed with Celiac disease, “It’s okay, it’s actually way easier than being diabetic!” because it turns…… Continue reading 5 Things to Avoid in Your Blog Bio