happy things to hold on to

Turning Monday night dinner into a breakfast picnic in our living room. Sure, our laundry is drying in the background and those flowers are clearly dead, but linen napkins and caramelized apples go far. A little plant we like to call Basil. (Yes, Peter and I name our plants. It may have been a mistake… Continue reading happy things to hold on to

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

There is a fragility and a terror that surrounds all childhood. Yet, at the same time, there is a security in the naivety of children. When you're a child, the only life you know is the one you live and so it can take years to realize the dangers you've been through. As trite as… Continue reading Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

Book Review – Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Little Brown & Co, 2012) is a fun book. But don't let that fool you. There's a lot to this novel. Maria Semple, who has been a writer for some TV shows that you've probably heard of *cough Arrested Development cough*, proves that she can delve into deep topics. Family, infidelity,… Continue reading Book Review – Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Spring Break 2014

Halfway through Spring Break and feeling thankful. I love lazy days at home with my best guy. I also love adventuring with him. For the first half of Spring Break, we took off to Vancouver Island to visit with friends and wander down memory lane. We made a road trip of it (complete with sound… Continue reading Spring Break 2014

Book Review – The Dinner by Herman Koch

It's summer. Our narrator is at a nice restaurant in Amsterdam - small portions, high prices, you know the kind - with his wife and his brother and his sister-in-law. It's one of those restaurants and his brother is one of those guys. The type of guy who can get a reservation at a moment's… Continue reading Book Review – The Dinner by Herman Koch

Book Review – Reaching for the Invisible God by Philip Yancey

"I am trying to remain open to new realities, not blaming God when my expectations go unmet but trusting Him to lead me through failures toward renewal and growth." What I appreciate most when it comes to Philip Yancey's writing is his honesty. I think he's a wise man but he never pretends to have… Continue reading Book Review – Reaching for the Invisible God by Philip Yancey