Category: Books

Miscellany

1. Yesterday, some unexplained forces turned our normally kind, sweet, and funny five-year-old into a moody, eye-rolling, sarcastic teenager with occasional 2-year-old tendencies. It was really fun. Could we just have one age at a time, please? 2.While fixing dinner, I looked down to find Jonathan lying on his stomach on the kitchen floor, smearing […]

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A Card of Her Own

I am, generally, a very responsible person. I follow rules. I’ve never gotten a speeding ticket. I like deadlines and most of the time, meet them. With one glaring exception: I cannot, for the life of me, return books to the library on time. While I don’t particularly mind supporting the library through these unintended […]

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A Beautiful Change

Two significant things happened the second week of July, 2009. The first was that I shared a cab with Katherine Willis Pershey on the way to a writing retreat in Collegeville, Minnesota. Katherine and I had never met, but we’d been instructed to meet up at the tiny St. Cloud airport, where a ride would […]

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Books

I’ve been doing more reading than writing lately. I seem to go in phases like that; right now, I need to absorb words more than I need to generate them. I stayed up late last night finishing The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass. It was exactly what I’d been needing in a novel: it was […]

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Good Books I Don’t Want to Read

End-of-the-year book lists are all over the place lately, with editors, authors, and even movie stars pontificating about their favorite titles of 2010. I found myself unreasonably jealous of an NPR correspondent today, as she ticked off a list of at least 15 books that were her favorites of the year; I was imagining (wrongly, […]

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Reframing Hope: Book Review

I’d been carrying around Carol Howard Merritt’s new book, Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation´╗┐, for several weeks before finally settling down with it on the clergywomen retreat I went on last last month. It rained most of the time we were there, so I spent my afternoons tucked into a corner of […]

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Words

There was an article in the most recent issue of Poets and Writers magazine in which Rachel Kadish gives what she calls a “pep-talk” to writers who write in trying times like these, when the publishing world is changing so rapidly and nothing is certain. It is lunacy, she says, to keep writing – but […]

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