Books Quotable

Oh, Puddleglum

“Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things – trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of …

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Life

Settling Down

I just moved for the fourth time in four years. Four crossing state lines kind of moves. This latest move is different because I don’t know when the next move will happen. The next big move, that is. In about a year we’ll do an in-town move when we buy a house, and that’s part …

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Books

My Childhood in Books

First and Second Grade: My mom started reading Little House in the Big Woods to my brother and me, and then she stopped reading it. I don’t know why…busyness, I suppose, but I wasn’t happy with being left hanging in the middle of the book. I wanted to know more about Laura. One day I …

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Writing

The Evolution of a Novel

As seen through the lens of Google searches: searched: “the symmetry of snow” I read this phrase in an article, and it struck me as beautiful and mysterious, and with the phrase came an image of a girl walking in the woods. It was snowing and she was mesmerized by the snow. I watched her …

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Books

Fearsome Toothy Cows, Oh My!

A review of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson On the Outside: They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s on the cover that I often find a reason to read a book. On this book’s cover, the name Andrew Peterson was reason enough for …

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Life

Staggering Generosity

In the last couple of years my husband and I have been the recipients of overwhelming generosity. It’s a beautiful and humbling, and sometimes even embarrassing, thing to be the recipient of generosity. After all, what did we do to deserve these gifts, other than go to seminary? And what are we supposed to do …

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