Book Reviews

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Book Review: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce Harold Fry and his wife, Maureen, are retired, living a dry, dusty life so boring, empty of love, and uneventful it can’t hardly be called living. Then one day Harold gets a letter from an old friend (Queenie Hennessy) in Northern England, who tells… Continue reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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Book Reviews

Painting Kisses

Book Review – Painting Kisses, by Melanie Jacobson After her divorce, famous artist Lia Carswell throws away her brushes, paints, and canvases, and she flees from New York to the mountains of Utah. There she invents a simpler life by changing her name, waitressing in a small diner, and helping to care for her sweet… Continue reading Painting Kisses

Book Reviews, Personal updates

The Humming Room

Book Review: The Humming Room - by Ellen Potter When Roo Fanshaw’s parents are murdered, she is sent to live with her reclusive uncle on Cough Rock Island. She was raised without love, and she doesn’t expect any when she arrives at her isolated, forbidding new home, which was once a sanitarium for children with… Continue reading The Humming Room

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The Lilac Tree

Mum loved Spring:  the warming of the earth, how green crept over the land and daffodils nodded their cheerful heads in the chilly winds.  She was the first to point out the return of the robins, and she always had a garden with both flowers and vegetables.  Her yard always had a lilac tree growing… Continue reading The Lilac Tree

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On Gratitude

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” So Charles Dickens begins A Tale of Two Cities, published in 1859. As I look back on my life, I discover the same thing. Each phase is made up of both good and bad experiences, and what we take from both becomes our… Continue reading On Gratitude

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Puppy Update

I think I've been having puppy postpartum blues.  I admit my expectations were completely unrealistic.  When I dreamed of having a dog, I imagined this cute little dog who would curl up at my feet and keep me company while I wrote.  Instead I got Jaws with ADHD.  We've definitely had a 'rocky' beginning.  The… Continue reading Puppy Update

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Autumn Beauty

Yesterday I helped with another field trip out at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve.  As we stood on top of the Tower and looked out over the marsh, I was impressed with how much the wetlands have changed, and how each season brings its own beauty.  Just a few short weeks ago, the marsh… Continue reading Autumn Beauty

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Simple Gifts

Today a friend reminded me that amid the storms of life you have to stop and be grateful for the little things.  So I sat down and started to think back.  Immediately, vignettes burst into brilliant color in my memory.  On Sunday, I sat down with my class of Four-year-olds, and one little girl smiled… Continue reading Simple Gifts