What I read: February 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Pre-Lenten Thoughts

For Catholics, we are about to begin the season of Lent, the 40-ish days leading up to Easter. This is traditionally a time that the Church encourages the faithful to focus on prayer, spiritual fasting, and charity. Since joining the Catholic Church nearly six years ago, Lent has actually become one of my favorite times of the year. Seriously. In my book, An Adult-ish Toolkit, I talk about the importance of recognizing and embracing different seasons and rhythms in your life,…

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What I read: January 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Washington, John Paul II, and Hope

Not too long ago, one of my best friends moved to Washington, DC. Thrilled that she was once again within a day’s drive (instead of halfway across the country), I’ve managed to find a couple of opportunities to go up for visits this past year, and have found myself enjoying DC much more than I anticipated. There is something about being in a big city like DC that has a certain kind of magic for me. It is far different from my…

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Fashion Challenge 2018

When I was in college, I worked for a while in the theater costume shop and it remains one of my most favorite experiences. Not just the atmosphere itself, though that was pretty great, but I loved the thought process that went in to the different looks we created for the characters and specific plays. It helped me to realize that our appearances can tell a story, whether we want them to or not, and this can be a powerful…

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Stories are my Center

I don’t know if you have ever seen the animated movie Rise of the Guardians, but it’s a sweet and fun movie that depicts Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman as the guardians of childhood, under the guidance of the Man in the Moon. When Pitch Black (the boogeyman) threatens the world, another guardian, Jack Frost, is brought into their ranks to protect the innocence of the children of the world. I was introduced to…

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Transitions

I seriously love the beginning of a new year. I love fresh starts, clean slates, and other such metaphors. I love that the holidays are over and that the sunlight is finally starting to lengthen every day once again. 2017 was actually a pretty good year for me: I published a new book, got chickens, made some long overdue road trips to visit with people that I love, read 50ish books total, even went on a couple dates (an unusual…

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