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Devotion

Recently, I read Dani Shapiro’s memoir Devotion, in which she’d come to a crisis point in her life, where her son was asking her what she believed, and she didn’t know what to tell him.  Devotion is Shapiro’s quest for that answer (or should I say answers?). On so many levels, I was wrung out […]

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Writing Poems

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? Are you someone who appreciates a lovely turn of phrase or a particularly vivid description?  Have you always dreamed of trying your hand at it?  Whatever the case, did you know you can be involved?  If you’d like to get a daily gift in your email inbox […]

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Just Let Me Lie Down

Before I review this book, I must preface it with a couple of personal stories, one of which happened this past Saturday.  I was away for the afternoon, signing books in a quaint small town in rural Minnesota, so my husband and daughter spent the afternoon gallivanting around town doing errands.  They stopped for sushi.  […]

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Being Super Mom

Hello, hello, sleepyheads.  Wake up, wake up!  Another day awaits! Drum roll, please. We have two lovely winners for Karen Maezen Miller’s signed copies of Hand Wash Cold. [May I take a little detour here, first, to thank all of you for your beautiful descriptions of spring.  I wish I could shower every single one […]

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Morning

“Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me….We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep.  I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man […]

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