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Going home

I’m back in the land of golden hills studded with dark green oaks.  The days are hot with bright blue skies, and the nights are deliciously cool.  Here’s the view from my sister’s kitchen window. Yesterday we laid my mom to rest in the family plot in a country cemetery.  We sat in the shade in the morning heat with…

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Leaving on a jet plane…

  I’m about to leave for California, after I’ve tied up a few loose ends here.  Before I got word of my mom’s death, I had my first e-newsletter nearly ready to send. It will go out in a few days. It includes some fun stuff like questions from readers, a nugget from G.K. Chesterton, and a few thoughts about…

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K. Dawn Byrd and Mistaken Identity

Prolific novelist K. Dawn Byrd joins us today for a short, fun interview about her latest release, a young adult novel.  Alas, I’m not a young adult anymore, but some of my all-time favorite reads are YA novels. Let’s not be snooty, now.  Come on, admit it:  Young adult novels can contain deep themes (To Kill a Mockingbird) and unforgettable…

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Precious in the eyes of the Lord

When my brother-in-law emailed the photos yesterday, this file name caught my eye: “Mom on roof playing rake flute.” Say what? I opened the file and started laughing–and crying.  There was my middle-aged mom, Crystal, on the roof with a rake.  Instead of raking leaves out of the gutter, she hammed it up for the camera.  I’m sure her crystal-blue…

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The reading woman

From Dorothy L. Sayers:  “Books . . . are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with ‘em, then we grow out of ‘em and leave ‘em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.” I found this too-true quote in a book-calendar called “The Reading Woman.”  It features classic paintings of women with books, and below each picture is…

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No child is an island

A quote from John Dos Passos from an interview in the New York Times Book Review, November 23, 1941: “Naturally, when I write of a childhood, that is autobiography to a large extent. There’s no getting away from it.  You can be a part of many other adults, but you’ve only yourself to remember when you write of a child.”…

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Reviews and radio, oh my!

If I seem to have multiple personalities as a blogger, it’s because . . . well, I just do. I’m torn between assorted obsessions. I would like to blog about the latest firestorm on the theology blogs, the next romance novel I intend to read, Hopewell’s review of Frank Schaeffer’s latest nonfiction, and the latest beautiful mishmash of faith and…

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Radio interviews

This photo is from a few weeks ago, just after I bought a digital camera. Mr. Cat appointed himself the guardian of the box that the camera came in. My living room floor is often this messy, especially in warm weather when my office upstairs gets too hot. I’ll bring a pile of papers downstairs, and pretty soon they’ve multiplied…

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Monday miscellany

It’s no surprise that the world didn’t end on May 21, but on Sunday it ended with a tornado for well over a hundred people in Joplin.  The survivors’ lives will never be the same.  Please keep them in your prayers. * * * If you’ve never read the Mockingbird blog, please don’t cheat yourself any longer.  It’s food for…

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If only I could be as lazy as my cat

Alas, it’s not my lot in life to lie around and watch the world go by.  Things are a little crazy right now. I apologize to those of you who have tried to email me via mywebsite.  The link is working again, and I would love to hear from you.  Also on the website, there’s a form on the home…

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