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Friday Felicities

Becky wrote about Nattie here.
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The Shadow of Your Smile

Welcome to the LitFuse sponsored blog tour of Susan May Warren's The Shadow of Your Smile.

About the book: The Shadow of Your Smile
A beautiful blanket of snow may cover the quaint town of Deep Haven each winter, but it can’t quite hide the wreckage of Noelle and Eli Hueston’s marriage.


After twenty-five years, they’re contemplating divorce . . . just as soon as their youngest son graduates from high school. But then an accident erases part of Noelle's memory. Though her other injuries are minor, she doesn’t remember Eli, their children, or the tragedy that has ripped their family apart. What’s more, Noelle is shocked that her life has turned out nothing like she dreamed it would. As she tries to regain her memory and slowly steps into her role as a wife and mother, Eli helps her readjust to daily life with sometimes-hilarious, sometimes-heartwarming results. But can she fall in love again with a man she can’t remember?
Will their secrets destroy them . . . or has erasing the pas…

Cards Galore!

I entered a contest on this post at (in)Courage, and wow, guess what? I won!!! The FedEx truck just pulled away from my street a few moments ago in the darkness...leaving this on my porch:

I will be blogging about sending cards later this month.

Listening...for joy

Just a few of the Joy Dare items from my journal:

Three lines I overheard that were graces:

"I thought you would have some partial paralysis in your face after surgery."


"I love you."


"I prayed for you."

Listening and Challenging

Melanie from "Only a Breath" designed this for me:

I found her blog on Twitter, from a link that linked to this post: One Word

What a gift, to be given something (from someone I do not know) that is so lovely that I could never, ever make on my own. This is so special to my heart.

Thank you so much, Melanie!!!!

Just as a quick check-in, I'm doing pretty well, physically and with my listening. It's hard when you're as active and as healthy as I've always been, to force yourself to rest. To relax, to take it easy, to conserve energy. Especially when the simple act of conversation takes a lot more concentrated effort than it used to!

I haven't really done a formal declaration of a Proverbs 31 challenge this year, because I have some other challenges going on (take a look at my January posts and you'll see what I mean). But since I was given the incredible gift of reading my friend Sara's manuscript for My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife (and subs…

Artist's Way Journey 2012

This is the year I am going to do what I have wanted to do for several years: Go through all of  The Artist's Way series of books by Julia Cameron.
For a long time, The Artist's Way has been THE go-to book for creativity recovery. Countless writers have gone through this workshop-in-a-book, waxed poetic about the discipline of morning pages, refilled their creative wells with art and music and poetry and photography, and praised the virtues of Cameron's writing exercises.
I went through The Artist's Way in 2006 with an online writer's group, and while I found it helpful, I did not get the breakthrough in my writing vision, dreams, or career that I had hoped to find. In the meantime, I requested the remaining workbooks Cameron had written since TAW on my Paperback Swap wishlist, and over the next four years I received every single one of them. They are: The Vein of Gold, Walking in this World, and Finding Water. I did discover that she has yet another book coming ou…

Joy Dare 2012

Ann Voskamp's challenge: Dare to Count the Joys, capture the gifts of 2012, and in so doing, increase the gratitude revolution and the grace and eucharisteo.

I realized in the midst of all of my busy preparations to jump headlong back into regular life after my ear surgery that I had not yet pulled down my gratitude journal from the shelf where I stashed it before our trip.

So today, that changes. I may or may not record them all on my blog, but I will use the guided monthly prompts and begin the list in my old sketchbook with #1 again for 2012.

Are you with us? Let's join the gratitude revolution. Let's join God where He is, appreciate all He does for us, and always, always give Him the glory.


TBR Reading Challenge 2012

Note: On 31 Dec 2012 I sit here staring at this list and thinking, "Wow, I didn't get very far!" But 2013 is a new year, with new books to read.


I've been doing this TBR challenge since 2007. Last year, I sooooo failed...this year, linking in with my personal goals for 2012 I should do much better! I've made it a habit of reading over 100 books a year the past several years, so it's not for lack of trying that I don't succeed in a reading challenge. No, that would be my lack of "stick-to-it-ive-ness" that is my problem!
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
The Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron
Walking in this World by Julia Cameron
Finding Water by Julia Cameron
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
Note to Self by Samara O'Shea
Sweater Quest by Adrienne Martini **moving to Year-Long Memoir Challenge for 2013**
Northern Lights by Nora …

Goals for 2012

Just a random list of goals for the new year. Subject to change, with or without notice, as needed. Void where prohibited by law ;)

Read Anne Lamott's spiritual essay trilogy (Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith; Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith ; Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith).Go through Julia Cameron's four books about creativity (The Artist's Way; The Vein of Gold; Walking in this World; Finding Water).Work on streamlining the process and systems I use for teaching composition and rhetoric.Listen.Be more intentional with living a life of gratitude and giving thanks.Be intentional about journaling (not sure if this will translate into blogging yet or not...that month I blogged every day was good, but not sure I can make that commitment all the time!).