reorientation

I am taking my cue from the Joshua Tree. I have heard that when transplanting a Joshua Tree you must face it in the same direction it was originally facing in order for it to survive. I don’t know if this is an urban myth (I’ll just keep believing it to be true), but I…

Mom’ish

I’m not even sure anymore what, indeed, is a ‘traditional mother’. I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking I was too untraditional as a parent of two. School letters lay in a towering pile, unopened, until dust made itself comfortable. Sage wisdom and encouraging words came to me always too late for the needed…

PLACEMAKER by Christie Purifoy

I am currently reading this beautiful book by Christie Purifoy, Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty and Peace. The book releases in mid-March 2019 and will be a soothing balm for our overly-stressed, multi-tasking souls. Placemakers is for the home lover. The outdoor admirer. The family gatherer. The story collector. For the past decade I…

Handwritten Recipes

I recently found some favored childhood recipes in my mother’s old recipe box. My mother died in 2010 and I have used her wooden recipe boxes as decorative reminders in my home. But flipping through her handwritten recipes – and many from her 4 other sisters – is like sitting down with her at the…

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, by Amor Towles

A very entertaining, albeit somewhat long-winded, novel. I’ve seen the buzz about this book all over my instagram. I ordered it months ago from Book of the Month, but only recently sat down to give it my full attention. SYNOPSIS: In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is accused of being an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik…

January reads…

I had a lot of fun in 2018 – the Year of Reading. I read a variety of genres and soared through books each month. But this year – I’m taking it easy. I’m simply reading when I have an opening for it. People who read 200 books a year… I don’t know how they do…

BECOMING by Michelle Obama

“No matter your political beliefs…” is a phrase I have come to loathe. It invariably is followed by a veiled political view. That said, politics can be pushed aside when reading Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming. The book gives a strong foundation from Michelle’s childhood to the breadth of work she did before ever entering the…

Ex O Ex O

This cross-stitch piece is a few decades old. I’ve never framed it but recently ran across it while unpacking yet another moving box, and decided it needed to come out for awhile. I used a vintage hanger and hooked it on the edge of a hallway mirror. But I didn’t make this cross-stitch piece. My…

mundane joy

“We all need the reminder that the next generation is watching and waiting to be inspired by the love story of ordinary life lived out faithfully.”⠀ It really doesn’t matter your age – there are always younger-than-us beings who are watching your face. Checking to see when your eyes get panicky or your brow wrinkles…

POET X

“The pages of my notebook swell from all the words I’ve pressed on to them. It almost feels like the more I bruise the page, the quicker something inside me heals.”⠀ Without question, Poet X will be in my top five favorite books I’ve read this year. ⠀ I am such a fan of the…

A FINE ROMANCE by Candice Bergen

The original Murphy Brown TV show came out when I was in the throws of motherhood. I loved watching her show (from an old thing called a VCR -ha!) The writing was funny and her persona helped me feel more secure in womanhood. All things were possible. My mistake, however, was subconsciously assuming Murphy Brown was,…

THE GOOD NEIGHBOR by Maxwell King

I finished listening to the audio version of The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers. It was an in-depth look into his life and built a good foundation as to why Mr. Rogers became the man he was. How fastidious he was behind the scenes with the information he so gently passed…