The November Book Talk and Why I Think Gratitude Is Like a Bouquet

Gratitude Bouquet

This month I have been making a practice of noticing all the regular, ordinary parts of my life that inspire gratitude. If we’re friends on Instagram, maybe you’ve seen that I’ve been posting a gratitude journal (almost) daily in my stories, but I haven’t been calling it a gratitude journal. I’ve been calling it a… Continue reading The November Book Talk and Why I Think Gratitude Is Like a Bouquet

The October Book Talk Where We Are Celebrating Abundance!

October Book Talk

My joyful sunflowers have bowed their heads in the garden, waiting for the long winter to begin, but I have picked my last tomatoes and green beans, dug up the beets with my grandkids, and all the pumpkins and squash can sit on the deck for a bit longer while we wait for the first… Continue reading The October Book Talk Where We Are Celebrating Abundance!

The September Book Talk Plus a FREE Printable to Guide You Into Scripture Meditation

Who would imagine that biblical lists could be a rich source of spiritual insight? It's really tempting to just skip over them, but lately, I've come upon a better plan. Rather than skipping over the lists as if they were somehow “extra,” what if we viewed them as a string of beads to finger and… Continue reading The September Book Talk Plus a FREE Printable to Guide You Into Scripture Meditation

The August Book Talk Where We Are Committed to Being Not Even a Little Bit Superstitious

On Friday, August 13th, my cousin reminded me of how superstitious our grandmother had been. The conversation took place on social media, so pretty soon my sister had chimed in and added to the list of things that drove poor Nana to hysteria: seven years of bad luck with a broken mirror, death in the… Continue reading The August Book Talk Where We Are Committed to Being Not Even a Little Bit Superstitious

The July Book Talk Where We Want to Know, “What Are You Looking Forward To?”

What Are You Looking Forward To?

Our family has been looking forward to July ever since Joel's and Emilee's engagement in December. Here on the hill, weddings mean family gatherings, lots of laughter and (of course) food. Then, there's also the bittersweet reality that while we rejoice and welcome a new daughter, we say goodbye to a much-loved son and go… Continue reading The July Book Talk Where We Want to Know, “What Are You Looking Forward To?”

The June Book Talk Where We Welcome Summer with Reading Friends

Morning by morning manna

The gardening challenge here on the hill every summer for the past twenty-seven years could be summarized in four words: Big Garden, Small Well. Watering the garden has always taken a back seat to laundry and showers, but this year, with our nest officially empty on the date of our son's July wedding, I have… Continue reading The June Book Talk Where We Welcome Summer with Reading Friends

The May Book Talk with Thoughts on Marriage, Perseverance, and 3 Books I Recommend

Marriage and Perseverance

Last Wednesday my good husband and I celebrated thirty-one years together. Would it be unromantic to say that a good marriage requires perseverance? Of course, it's pleasant work, and the rewards are great, but here are three small ways that I've noticed us persevering in our years together: Persevere in Believing We've come through some… Continue reading The May Book Talk with Thoughts on Marriage, Perseverance, and 3 Books I Recommend

The April Book Talk Where We Read and Rejoice in the Light

Proclaim the excellencies of him who called you...

https://videopress.com/v/gvlodYv6?preloadContent=metadata “Spring is a promise in the closed fist of a long winter,” wrote Luci Shaw. Listen along with me to the sound of winter, unclenching! Of course, the day after I shot this video brought snow flurries. Even so, we are celebrating the season of widening light here in the Northeast! The end of… Continue reading The April Book Talk Where We Read and Rejoice in the Light

The March Book Talk Where Smart People Read While We Wait for Spring

"From the best bliss that earth imparts, we turn unfilled to thee again."

I am working my way through a hymnal at the rate of one per day, reading the lyrics, trying to hear them over the roar of familiarity that dulls all meaning. I'm making note of the most vivid words in my journal, and am continually astonished at the treasures I am uncovering: "From the best… Continue reading The March Book Talk Where Smart People Read While We Wait for Spring

The February Book Talk Where Friends Come in from the Cold

Since the Lord in his infinite wisdom has ordained that, here in Mid-Coast Maine, snow and cold should always be followed immediately by rain and warm temperatures, it's unusual for the ground to be covered with white for weeks at a time. https://videopress.com/v/ewIVqeKl?preloadContent=metadata Here's what snow sounds like underfoot at zero degrees Fahrenheit, and my… Continue reading The February Book Talk Where Friends Come in from the Cold