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Book Review: When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh

When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh My rating: 3 of 5 stars Two years and six days later, after at least 2 restarts, I’ve finished. It isn’t that I didn’t want to read it, or that I wasn’t enjoying it, rather it wasn’t a priority and I wasn’t entirely engaged. It would fall down below…

Hide and Seek
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Hide and Seek

When we first started walking in the late winter, all was brown – except when it was white with snow.  Variation on the theme of brown was cause for notice and celebration. When the harbinger of spring and ramps were out and noticeable, they were noticeable specifically because all else was sameness.  But as the…

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Review: Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle My rating: 5 of 5 stars Twenty years ago when I first read this book, I loved it. Admittedly I loved the feel, the atmosphere of it, but struggled more with the ideas and ideals. I didn’t have the relational background for many of…

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Review: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury My rating: 5 of 5 stars The irony that I listened to this through shell-shaped ear buds is not lost on me. Nor is the fact that I listened mostly while walking in the out of doors (and some while cleaning). Nor that Tim Robbin’s soothing tone could be compared…

Making trail friends
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Making trail friends

We’ve been taking three walks each day just out the front door and around our neighborhood. The dog is a fan.   When Jason came home, we sort of fell into a walk before work, a walk with the kids at lunchtime, and a lunch after work. He no longer has an hour and a half…

Man’s first occupation
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Man’s first occupation

Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19 (emphasis mine) God set Adam into the…

Seeing, we see
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Seeing, we see

When we walk into the woods it takes a minute.  We start on the trail and it takes a bit to get acclimatized. I would say until you can’t hear road noise anymore, but it doesn’t usually take quite that long. It’s surprising, though, how far in before we begin to see. We notice, of…

In which an indoorsy mom begins hiking
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In which an indoorsy mom begins hiking

I don’t really like “outside.” Oh, I know I’m supposed to and do feel a twinge of guilt about it, but I don’t like dirt or bugs or wide variances in temperature. I’m not, however, philosophically opposed to “outside” … actually, I’m rather philosophically a fan of outside – especially for my kids. And I…

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Review: An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this. It’s not an over the top superlative enjoyment nor a disdain at over-writing. It was a pleasant, empowering read. It helps to think of food a little differently, to think of the beauty and…

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Review: My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart

My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart My rating: 3 of 5 stars Mary Stewart is fun. She takes a little work for fun, sometimes it takes a month or 9 to build up momentum. I started this in September and didn’t accomplish much until Friday when I read it in two days. As romances go,…