Blessed Are You Among Women

I thought that being big and pregnant this year would give me a new perspective on Mary. A new point of view, maybe, on that young girl, carrying the saviour of the world. And while I'm more sympathetic than ever for her ride to Bethlehem on a donkey and sleeping in a stable (I can't… Continue reading Blessed Are You Among Women

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In Conclusion: My Autumn 2014 Reading List

At the beginning of the season, I set myself a goal of 18 books I hoped to read in the coming fall. (You can read that post here.) I didn't cross off everything on the list but I did read a lot of great books. Here's how I did. 1. Shotgun Lovesongs by Nicholas Butler… Continue reading In Conclusion: My Autumn 2014 Reading List

Christmas Comes to Halfmoon Bay

It's feeling festive around here. Last Saturday, this was my view while eating breakfast: That's right - the first snow of the season! (Hey, that's a West Coast winter for you.) It lingered briefly and is now not much more but a distant memory. Maybe we'll get some more one day. It was a slightly… Continue reading Christmas Comes to Halfmoon Bay

Book Review – Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir

Butterflies in November (Black Cat, 2014) is an Icelandic novel first published in 2004 but only recently translated into English. What is this book about? A woman's husband announces his desire to divorce him. She cooks a goose. She goes on a road trip with her friend's child (for some reason). She meets some men.… Continue reading Book Review – Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir