My Favorite Fiction from 2016

Fiction: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart - Middle grade novel of excellent intrigue and espionage. You'll devour it and then want to pass it on to all your nieces and nephews. :) The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh - breathtaking story of belonging, growing up in the foster system, and the … Continue reading My Favorite Fiction from 2016

My Favorite Memoirs from 2016

Yesterday I shared my favorite non-fiction and since I have such a penchant for non-fiction I divided out the memoirs. Here are my top four! Memoir: Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark by Addie Zierman - This one got me. Addie Zierman jumps in her mini-van with her two very young kids … Continue reading My Favorite Memoirs from 2016

My Favorite Non-fiction from 2016

I read a lot this year. I had planned to read about 60 books again, but somehow managed to read 100. oops. I think it was related to being more intentional about being online less, having kind of a stressful year (so reading for escape more), and specifically going out to read more fiction. It … Continue reading My Favorite Non-fiction from 2016

Whenever-ing it.

After a long hiatus, blogging finally sounds fun again. And maybe helpful. And maybe like I've lived the during enough to be able to write during again. 2016 was a long year that felt very unkind in a variety of ways. Maybe sometime I'll catch you up or maybe it'll be something that just lives … Continue reading Whenever-ing it.

Idiosyncratic – Reality of Life and Goals (6)

This might be the kind of 31 days series that happens in 3 months. I'm sorry to say. But I'm also interested in the possibilities of considering the topic for longer. Because sometime no matter how much you want something or how hard you chase it, now just isn't the right time and maybe putting … Continue reading Idiosyncratic – Reality of Life and Goals (6)

Showing Up (Day 5)

This is the day where the struggle went down. I almost want to quit already. But it's only day 5 and I can't let myself because this is something I want.  I want to write.  It's important to me. It'd be easier to say it doesn't matter and let it go by the wayside of … Continue reading Showing Up (Day 5)

The Adaptable Nature of Words (Day 4) 

​I have high expectations for words. I've always been more of a word person then anything else. I prefer written instructions, read eons of books, and have a distinct need to know my own life in a verbal fashion, as much as possible. I even learned an extra language. It's just what I do.  I … Continue reading The Adaptable Nature of Words (Day 4) 

The Real Role of Feelings (Day 3)

With three kids and life besides, the emotional input in this house are constantly at high levels. As much as I would like to tune it out or make them all be happy and volume-controlled, I can't. It doesn't work. The only person I can control is myself. And even that goes awry at times (I'm … Continue reading The Real Role of Feelings (Day 3)

A Constant Remixing (Day 2)

I had some doubt choosing to keep this word as the primary connector of my thoughts this month because sometimes adaptable can take on an overly negative or positive.  For example: it's good to be adaptable when making life changes or simply growing up, but it can be an irksome trait if you simply adapt … Continue reading A Constant Remixing (Day 2)

31 Days: Adaptable 

I've chosen a topic and posted every day for the last four Octobers. These yearly forays into writing more and topics hit the perfect sweet spot between requirement and creativity. Each year has been an adventure.  This year will be the first I've not chosen the topic weeks in advance and done some writing ahead … Continue reading 31 Days: Adaptable