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What we’ve been up to

In  my usual scattershot approach to blogging, here are a few quick updates.

What I’ve been reading lately:

Faithful Place by Tana French. A big, messy Irish family has a 22-year-old mystery on their hands. I figured out whodunnit halfway through, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying the story.  French’s characters are wonderful and she’s a master of dialogue.

J. Mark Bertrand’s Nothing to Hide.  Another very good novel from JMB.  I love his cop, Roland March, and I love the way big issues like the problem of evil undergird the story without getting religious.

In nonfiction, I’m reading Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story, a gift from my awesome editor.  I’ve already got it thoroughly highlighted and dog-eared.

Also in nonfiction, I just read Life without Limits by Nick Vujicic (pronounced Voy-a-chich).  A book about life without arms and legs might be depressing…but it’s not.  It’s inspiring and often funny.

What I’ve been listening to:

Jonny Lang. Just do a search on Youtube and enjoy.  My favorite is his early version of “Lie to Me.” Such talent!

Karen Campbell’s podcast series on the Family Integrated Church movement.  It sounds wholesome, doesn’t it?  Yeah, right…

Emili Sande’s gorgeous rendition of “Abide with Me,” a part of the Olympic opening ceremonies that NBC stupidly chose to cut from the broadcast.  The only online videos that include choreographer Akram Kahn’s wonderful tribute to the 7/7 terrorist victims are pirated and have terrible sound, but Emili Sande’s studio version of the song is beautiful.

What else I’ve been up to:

Coaxing two elderly kitties to eat.  Welcoming younger son home from Australia.  Celebrating older son’s engagement.  Seeing younger son off to Australia again. Missing my granddaughters and their mommy and daddy, who were visiting the other set of grandparents in Texas.  Working on new plot ideas.  Discussing next year’s raised-bed garden plans with hubby while carefully avoiding actual work.

Last but not least, stomping on many large spiders who seem to have moved in with us.  It’s always something.

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