Book Review: Marcelo in the Real World

I am totally smitten with this book. First, I have to tell the story of how I came to read it. The book and its author, Francisco X. Stork, were in no way on my radar, until someone suggested I read Cheryl Klein’s The Magic Words, which is a how-to on writing middle grade and …

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Close to Home

I guess that title could also refer to our renewed search for a permanent dwelling place (prayers for that, please!)… but this poem hit close to home, considering what we’ve been through during the last six months.  So I thought I’d share it.  Thanks to and their poem-a-day project for bringing it to my attention. …

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A Poem for Mother’s Day

The Lanyard – by Billy Collins “The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard. …

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A bookworm is born

The book, by the way, is Who’s on First.

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Resonance. Yes.

“It’s been crazy but also strangely wonderful to have the arrival of my daughter and the release of this book coincide. I’ve spent the last few months in this wintry baby cave—spending all hours of day and night with this tiny creature, learning the exquisite rhythms of her being, her milk breath and shuddering sighs …

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The Family: School of Mercy

  “The family is the hospital closest to us: when someone is sick, they are cared for there, where possible.  The family is the first school for children, it is the unwavering reference point for the young, it is the best home for the elderly.  It is the first school of mercy, because it is …

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Review: Coraline

Coraline by Neil Gaiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I put off reading this book for years. YEARS. I don’t particularly like scary books, so I thought it wasn’t for me. I’m ready to read it again tomorrow. Gaiman is a master story-teller, of course. I love that just when you think everything is …

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Trying to Say God – Reading List

It’s been quite a weekend.  I have had the privilege of visiting the University of Notre Dame (also known as “my old stomping grounds”) for three days.  By myself.  It was great.   So before I gush about how excited I am to hug my kids again, you might want to know what on earth …

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Summer Plans

I fear this blog is digressing into writing conference memoranda and book reviews.   I guess it could be worse. On that note, my summer plans include a visit to South Bend for a Catholic Writer’s Conference: Trying to Say God So it turns out that I’m not just lacking in talent for finding Catholic …

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Review: Kristin Lavransdatter

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset My rating: 5 of 5 stars I feel silly trying to review this book. Maybe not silly, maybe more like out of my league. This was my second time through (and if you haven’t read it, look at the page count and be impressed). It was good to read it …

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