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Better Food for a Better World by Erin McGraw

How do you change the world for the better? In Erin McGraw's latest novel, Better Food for a Better World, three offbeat young couples believe the answer lies in ice cream—at least in part. These ice cream shop co-owners also put great stock in vocational gifts and artful entertainment, from classical concerts to circus contortionist acts.… Continue reading Better Food for a Better World by Erin McGraw

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A Blessed Time

"I could have married again while I was still young. A congregation likes to have a married minister, and I was introduced to every niece and sister-in-law in a hundred miles. In retrospect, I'm very grateful for whatever reluctance it was that kept me alone until your mother came. Now that I look back, it… Continue reading A Blessed Time

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A Book Worth its Salt

This week I took a break from a novel-on-the-go to revisit Bohumil Hrabal's marvelous tragicomic novella Too Loud a Solitude. It is a bizarre, haunting, and beautiful little read about Hanta, a trash compactor who spends his days destroying books banned by a totalitarian regime—and savouring them along the way. I also recently discovered a short stop… Continue reading A Book Worth its Salt

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The matchless Mary Oliver

Still need a gift for a poetry lover on your Christmas list? Here's my recommendation, via The Banner: For almost 50 years, American poet Mary Oliver has been celebrated for her graceful inquisitions into the rhythms of the natural world. Her latest collection, A Thousand Mornings, continues in this same tradition, inviting readers to explore the creatures and… Continue reading The matchless Mary Oliver

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Rereading Dillard’s Holy the Firm

“We sleep to time's hurdy-gurdy; we wake, if ever we wake, to the silence of God. And then, when we wake to the deep shores of time uncreated, then when the dazzling dark breaks over the far slopes of time, then it's time to toss things, like our reason, and our will; then it's time to break our necks for home. There are no events but thoughts and the heart's hard turning, the heart's slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times.

― Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm

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On being an introvert and a writer

Author Adam McHugh kindly invited me to contribute a guest post to his website today. My post, a reflection on being an introvert and a writer, is part of Adam's "Introvert Saturday" series, which features posts by introverts from all areas of life. I encourage you to check out the posts from the rest of the… Continue reading On being an introvert and a writer