Quick Look: “My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking” by John Besh

My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking by John Besh My rating: 3 of 5 stars I requested this from the library after hearing The Catholic Foodie talk about it with great enthusiasm. To be sure, Jeff Young is generally enthusiastic, but I’m always up for a book that encourages people to cook [Read More...]

I could watch this man read all day long.

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Clark Gable reads, via the consistently entertaining Awesome People Reading. [Read more...]

The Con is On: Reviewing “White Cat” by Holly Black

Found this via SFFaudio, as a free audio book from Random House. Here’s the review that I wrote for them. I wake up barefoot, standing on cold slate tiles. Looking dizzily down. I suck in a breath of icy air. Above me are stars. Below me, the bronze statue of Colonel Wallingford makes me realize [Read More...]

Night of the Confessor: Objective, Subjective, and God

Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty by Tomas Halik My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a dense book … so much so, as far as I can tell, that even the back cover blurb forces the reader to slow down, absorb it, and think. Night of the Confessor [Read More...]

In which Number Ten Ox and Master Li encounter a tiger, a dragon, and a ghost.

Bridge of Birds is back at Forgotten Classics. Get it while it’s hot! [Read more...]

It’s a Little Nuts Around Here

BTW, gonna be scarce for a few days. Our parish’s Beyond Cana marriage enrichment retreat lost their spiritual directors (work conflict) for the retreat this weekend and Tom and I are the only back ups. So it’s a little nuts around here right now since it begins tomorrow and we’ve got to get free of [Read More...]

Julie bought a life-size Johnny Depp doll, and Scott got a little uncomfortable …

… Luckily, they had a movie called Lars and the Real Girl to talk about. At A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more...]

Lord, Open My Heart: Daily Scriptural Reflections for Lent by Julie Davis

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I know it is too early to be talking about Lent, really. I’m so excited by this booklet though that I just had to mention it now. I thought I was ghostwriting this for Creative Communications for the Parish. Now I see that they have my name on the cover. Woohoo! These are brief day-by-day [Read More...]

Art to Read By

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Comfy painted by Karin Jurick [Read more...]

2012 Personal Reading Challenge Book Report: The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature by Elizabeth Kantor My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is two, two, two books in one. There is the enthusiastic author who loves classic literature, understands the context and wants us to read it. And we do want to read it after she discusses it [Read More...]


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