Book Review: The Grace of Enough

I’ve been wanting to read this book for months. It had been recommended to me by some lovely friends, who thought it’d be a lovely little book of inspiration in my life. The book was pretty disappointing. It was kind of crushing in a way, to read and walk away frustrated and uninspired. I’d hoped…

Books & Papers: Shadow Play

I’m reading Clare Asquith’s Shadow Play – a book about the beliefs and politics that may be expressed in Shakespeare’s plays. It’s fascinating, especially since a recent commission of my husband’s has brought our minds back to the Elizabethan persecution of Catholics. The icon commissioned was St. Nicholas Owen, a man I’d never heard of…

Renewal

How was your 2018? Full of challenges and struggles? Full of unrealized dreams? Yeah, me too. 2018 was a rough year for a lot of us. For some, most of the struggles were frustrating and exhausting. They forced us to reach out, ask for help, and accept the generosity of friends and family. Last year…

Baiting-Cakes and Books for Rainy Days

It’s a rainy, cooling sort of day after another long week of heat. Thunder-storms are expected later this afternoon, but the gray drizzle we have going right now is as cozy as can be. I’m making lists of books we’ll need (‘want’ is probably a better word) for the fall – not only for the…

Exploring Natural Make-up

I don’t really like natural, hippie makeup. At least, not on me. I like lots of blacks and greys and a bit of intensity. Not too much..I’m sort of ‘yurt-goth’, I guess. kinda… like all aspects of my life, I like to classify my make-up under the term Cyganeria¬†– a sort of artistic bohemia that…

My Whole 30 Experience

I did it! I completed a Whole 30 two days before jumping into Lent! And wow. It was a pretty incredible experience. I loved Whole 30. I loved it so much, I’m already planning a May or June repeat…and possibly September. It was a great experience! So what exactly did I love about it? I…

Bookish Thoughts: The Quotidian Mysteries

It’s no secret that I adore the writing of Kathleen Norris. I found The Cloister Walk¬†to be such a rich work of poetic reflections and gentle spiritual imagery. Dakota is an equally compelling look at rural life, and in The Quotidian Mysteries, the blend of lectio divina; a deep, quiet feminism; and joyful domesticity earns…