Gifts for Readers

2020 has been a reading year for me–more great books than I could possibly share. But I thought, since it’s gift-giving season, I’d share six of the books that have really stuck with me from my reading this year. How To Walk Away (Katherine Center) is a gorgeous, hope-filled, uplifting story that follows a woman…

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In Which Writing and Reading Makes Me Appreciate My Marriage

I’ve been outlining a new novel lately–no, outlining is too glamorous a word. I’ve been brainstorming a character and a scenario to try to make them unique and interesting enough to be marketable. At the same time, I’ve been reading a lot: epic fantasy, nonfiction, women’s fiction. Reading is different now than it once was.…

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Cookie Monster

The house smells like gingerbread this morning, which I suppose makes the seven hours spent in the kitchen yesterday worthwhile: 1 ½-batch of gingerbread, double batch of sugar cookies, single batches of chocolate cutouts and peanut butter ball filling…three loaves of bread…and a chicken and rice casserole. We were cookie monsters yesterday. Nicholas spent a…

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I have a new hero

I have a new hero: John Lithgow. He is an inspiration to a creative jack-of-all-trades. Until recently, I knew John Lithgow for two things: Third Rock from the Sun and Harry and the Hendersons. But a while back, we discovered “The Remarkable Farkle McBride,” which is a truly great children’s book—a tour of the orchestra…

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Rethinking A Classic

Right now, Alex and I are reading Little House on the Prairie. I haven’t read it since I was a kid myself, and I’m surprised by the depth in it. They are children’s books—yet Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t just write down her memories for children’s entertainment. Little House on the Prairie is a lesson in…

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Alex, meet Dr. Seuss

Lately, I’ve developed a new appreciation for “Green Eggs and Ham.” Have you ever done something so many times that you end up having a physical reaction to it? As if somewhere deep in your chest, your body has actually dug its heels into the ground and said, “I will not read it, Sam I…

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The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

At the National Down Syndrome Congress convention in Kansas City at the beginning of August, we had the opportunity to hear Kim Edwards speak about and read from her book, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. Afterward, she signed books, and we bought a copy and had her inscribe it to Julianna. Christian read the book the…

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