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Carol Lynn Pearson and Me

As a child, I had no idea why Carol Lynn Pearson was important to my mom.  I knew that my mom owned many books of Carol Lynn Pearson’s poetry, and I have a… Continue reading

John Irving, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Alex (My Former Boss)

I had never heard of John Irving until my boss Alex told me about him.  I was 21 years old at the time and working as a secretary after graduating from college.  (Yes,… Continue reading

The Bible as Art, Music, and Literature

Once in a graduate class, a fellow student stormed out when the teacher asked us to think about how Christianity connects to and informs the contemporary American literature we were reading.  The student… Continue reading

Julia Child and Paris

I envy Julia Child’s years of living abroad, especially her time in France.  Almost four years ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Paris with my dad, his partner, and… Continue reading

Jane Eyre, Twilight, and Christianity

When I confessed to never having read Jane Eyre (#3 on the BBC book list) a few years ago, my good friend Cyndi could not believe it.  Her astonishment was so genuine and… Continue reading

Little House on the Prairie and Family History

My college roommates once came home to find me weeping during an episode of Little House on the Prairie.  I don’t remember the specifics of the show, but I do remember my embarrassment. … Continue reading

Charles Dickens, Spy Novelist

Reading Dickens pleases my husband.  He has no idea that the first lines of A Tale of Two Cities are, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” yet… Continue reading

A Room of My Own

We are finishing the last part of our basement, which consists of three bedrooms and a hallway.  I have already staked my claim for one of those bedrooms.  It is the smallest room… Continue reading

The Not-So-Beautiful Picture of Dorian Gray

One of my favorite novels is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.  Last year, I tried to force a young women group in my church to read it with me.  The… Continue reading

Do You Leap Out of Bed in the Morning?

I recently watched the adorable movie Julie and Julia with the incomparable Meryl Streep and the impossibly cute Amy Adams.  Yes, the movie is about blogging (and cooking), but that’s not my point. … Continue reading