books, family life

2 books that cozy up to fall

"He packs wool sheared in April, honey in combs, linen, leather tanned from deerhide, and vinegar in a barrel hooped by hand at the forge’s fire." American poet Donald Hall, Ox-Cart Man This book has a permanent place in our collection. There are a handful of books that have a permanent presence in my life.… Continue reading 2 books that cozy up to fall

books, writing

Learning an author by heart

“I do not know everything; still many things I understand.” Madeleine L'Engle, "A Wrinkle in Time" These three Madeleine L'Engle books are among several that feature the Austin family. They were written over nearly 40 years, although the characters age only four years or so. The way L'Engle fit the same characters into the day… Continue reading Learning an author by heart

books, outdoors

5 reads that pack sunny glow

"Maggie saw the sunset before she saw the cottage. It stretched across Lake Michigan in a broad sweep of orange and a glowing pink not unlike the colors of her borrowed skirt. Beach clothes, indeed." Nora Edinger, Dune Girl Looking paler than oatmeal? Wearing so many layers you cannot bend your elbows? Watching commercials for… Continue reading 5 reads that pack sunny glow

books

Top 5 Christmas reads

"The only other sound's a sweep of easy wind and downy flake." Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" Are there certain books you make time for, no matter how busy the holiday season? I know I have a handful that I come back to time after time. So, if you're looking for… Continue reading Top 5 Christmas reads