Book Bytes–Bel Canto

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 "He had not left, he had barely started to turn away from the house when Roxane Coss closed her eyes and opened her mouth. In retrospect, it was a risky thing to do, both from the perspective of General Alfrado, who might have seen it as an act of insurrection, and from the care of the instrument of the voice itself. She had not sung in two weeks, nor did she go through a single scale to warm up. Roxane Coss, wearing Mrs. Iglesias's slacks and a white dress shirt belonging to the Vice … [Read more...]

The Mommy Blogger’s Dilemma

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 The author's beloved, yet all too often, ignored, family *** At a recent party, I was introduced as a mommy blogger which prompted one attendee to relate the story of a mommy blogger of her acquaintance. This blogger, apparently had ten children and was a real posting dynamo, never missing a day. "Of course, in her last post, she mentioned that while she was writing her last post, one son broke his leg and one sustained serious burns while trying to cook some mac and cheese." Ah, the … [Read more...]

Love Changes Everything

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“You may be exhausted with work, you may even kill yourself, but unless your work is interwoven with love, it is useless.  To work without love is slavery.” ~Mother Teresa (One of my favorite pictures...my dear friend, Mary, loving on Coop. She is constant grace in my life. Check our her blog here!) … [Read more...]

Book Byte–A Year in Provence

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"It is at a time like this, when crisis threatens the stomach, that the French display the most sympathetic side of their nature. Tell them stories of physical injury or financial ruin and they will either laugh or commiserate politely. But tell them you are facing gastronomic hardship, and they will move heaven and earth and even restaurant tables to help you." ~Peter Mayle, A Year in Provence (A raspberry-and-cream treat that tasted as good as it looks. Vive le puff pastry!) … [Read more...]

When Your Soul is Parched

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If you’re considering fulfilling your lifelong dream of visiting Kansas, this isn’t the month to do it. So far we’ve had over thirty days of triple digit temps, making residents wonder if we’re up for another summer like year where we had more than sixty days over 100 degrees and broke every weather record in Kansas books. It’s hot, folks. Even the dogs won’t go outside. Droughts don’t just happen in Kansas, though. They also happen in souls (as I wrote about here). Having suffered through a cou … [Read more...]

Soul Drought

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When it's as dry and miserable outside as it's been lately, the temptation is to close the curtains, stay inside, and drink more. The same temptation hits when the dryness and misery are on the inside.Hurting people, those I know anyway, don't usually fling open the shutters of their pain so that passersby can get a good look and perhaps drop in for a long chat and a cold Coke. More likely, the wounded hammer boards across their windows, in hopes no one will even attempt to knock.It's … [Read more...]


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