My oldest son left for college this month. It has been a huge change for our family, and even as we’re all adjusting well, my own coping strategy has been to read Robert Crais novels the way I stress-eat carbs: by the fistful, late at night, one after another. Robert Crais writes a series of books about…… Continue reading How reading is an emotional thermometer
Wendel Berry’s novel Hannah Coulter, published in 2004, came to me recommended by my friend Beth. I’d had it on my TBR pile for a long time. I’m not sure why I finally picked it up last month, but I’m so glad I did. Hannah tells her own story without nostalgia, focusing more on the…… Continue reading A few thoughts on Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Last week I took my oldest son to look at colleges. To my joy, my alma mater is high on his list. We began the day looking at artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia. I did not remember all the detail in the beards and jewelry on the friezes. (Somehow bracelets weren’t high on my list of must-sees…… Continue reading Once a King or Queen of Narnia…
Last the weekend I had a chance to hear Sherry Thomas (author of the Lady Sherlock series, which is high on my to-be-read pile) and Diana Gabaldon (author of the Outlander series) speak at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s Colorado Gold conference. They both gave great talks. Dr. Gabaldon gave several writing workshops as well as…… Continue reading Art requires sacrifice
I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter lately about work-life balance. The image in my head for “balance” is my standing on a fence post, spinning plates on tall poles. If I let one area of my life get too big, everyone goes crashing to the ground in a pile of porcelain shards. I’d like…… Continue reading Work-Life Balance: What’s that?