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Michelle’s Favorite Books in 2017

favorite books, 2017, Martin Luther, A Gentleman in Moscow, Hillbilly Elegy, Wonder, A Conspiracy of Breath, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, Many Sparrows

What are a biographer/novelist’s favorite books in 2017? Here’s a list. For the first time, I participated in the Goodreads Challenge and  read more than twice as many books as my goal. If you’d like to follow me on Goodreads and see the whole list, click here. Meanwhile, here’s what I enjoyed the most. Family-related […]

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Kid Books for Christmas 2017

kid books, Christmas 2017, STEM books, preschool favorites, Andrea Beaty, Wonder, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Rosie Revere, Engineer

I’ve been buying kid books for Christmas this year. (Actually, I buy kid books every year for Christmas.) Since none of the recipients read this blog (indeed, several can’t read), I feel safe talking about them here. Besides, I’m not going to tell you who is getting what. Preschool boy He’s a rough and tumbling […]

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What Does Home Mean to You?

Home, survivor guilt, Sonoma County fires, Santa Rosa fires, evacuation, talking to friends who have lost their home, what makes a house a home.

“I just want to go home,” I said on day nine of our evacuation from the Sonoma County Fires. Tired of the chaos, uncertainty and confusion, all I could think of was the bliss of sitting in the blue recliner with my feet up. I’m not that much of a homebody, but after nine uncertain […]

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The Importance of the Arts in Crisis

arts in crisis, the importance of arts in crisis, Santa Rosa fires, children, dancing, singing, drawing, coloring, Mad Libs

My family has learned the importance of the arts in crisis. We’ve just come through the Sonoma County fires and the arts helped. How? When you have six adults, five children, three cats and a dog evacuated from home for a week, you need anything you can get to ease the tension. The children, in […]

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Widowhood Resiliency and Mrs. Oswald Chambers (Part II)

resiliency, widowhood, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, Biddy Chambers, WWI, Oswald Chambers, Zeitoun, Egypt, YMCA, mourning, poverty, skills

Widowhood resiliency is a skill I hope to never need. I don’t think any woman wants to learn it. For Mrs. Oswald Chambers, widowhood came young–she was thirty-four years old when Oswald Chambers died in Egypt on November 15, 1917. One hundred years ago this week. Left without a pension in the middle of the […]

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