Ornaments

We have had our tree up for a few weeks now. My daughters did the decorating. They enjoy pulling out the ornaments from past years and asking me about them. It was fun to see some of the ones I had forgotten about. It was also nice to remember the person who had given me... Continue Reading →

Books for My Daughter(s)

When my oldest daughter was a baby, and I was bored being at home all of the time, we used to go to the thrift store and look at books to pass the time. And we'd buy them. Who am I kidding? I wasn’t just looking. I was buying. I'd put my little daughter in a shopping... Continue Reading →

Reading Lately

I have read quite a few books lately, but I haven't posted about them in detail. There's literally no time, given the work I'm doing on my dissertation, the academic jobs I've been applying for, the classes I've been teaching, and the mothering I do. My blog has slowed down, as I'm sure some of... Continue Reading →

On My Bookshelf, No. 15

To see previous posts in this series, click here. This is my bookshelf. Here is a snippet of what’s on it. They Knew Mr. Knight (1934) by Dorothy Whipple Frost in May (1933) by Antonia White Greenbanks (1932) by Dorothy Whipple Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (1938) by Winifred Watson The Hundred Secret Senses... Continue Reading →

People in My Neighborhood

In every community, there is a hierarchy. There are always people who seem “cooler” (or who think they are cooler) and make it known. These people often congratulate each other publicly and get a lot of community recognition. My neighborhood is a community, where most of us meet together regularly to worship. A few of... Continue Reading →

Rest in Peace, Madge

Last week on September 16, my paternal grandmother, Madge Lorene Carmack Thompson, died in a hospital in Missouri, surrounded by her sons. She was 78 years old and had been battling cancer. I had the opportunity to attend her memorial service in Missouri on Sunday. As I perused the display my father had set up... Continue Reading →

On My Bookshelf, No. 14

To see previous posts in this series, click here. This is my bookshelf. Here is a snippet of what’s on it, ten at a time. Breathing Lessons (1988) by Anne Tyler The Amateur Marriage (2004) by Anne Tyler All the King's Men (1946) by Robert Penn Warren Ethan Frome (1911) by Edith Wharton Madame de... Continue Reading →

On My Bookshelf, No. 13

To see previous posts in this series, click here. This is my bookshelf. Here is a snippet of what’s on it, ten at a time.   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) by Betty Smith All the Little Live Things (1967) by Wallace Stegner Angle of Repose (1971) by Wallace Stegner Crossing to Safety (1987)... Continue Reading →

Magic Tidying

There are two ways I could go in reviewing The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (2015) by Marie Kondo. I could rave about what great ideas this book contains for organizing and tidying and how when reading it I felt motivated to clean my house and let go... Continue Reading →

A Trip to Ireland

Last week, my husband and I were in Ireland. We visited because I had been accepted at an academic conference in Limerick. In fact, the paper I submitted with my colleague Breeanne ended up winning the Hayhoe Fellow Award, or the award for the best graduate student paper. We spent a day in Dublin. We... Continue Reading →

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