5 best-ever books

I love these books. images of their covers are banked in my memory, and they each engaged me so deeply that I lost myself in their stories. I cried, I wanted to meet their characters and converse with them. or just be in their presence. I am so grateful to each of...

5 illuminative books about how to be

like millions of other humans, I am curious about how to be in this world. how to balance my wants/needs/desires with those of the greater community, how to find my own “happy place,” how to accept things I don’t really wish to accept.  over the...

5 engrossing non-fiction books

I love to learn, but I, alas, need a bit of entertainment along the way. diatribe, argument, and philosophical discussion can quickly drown me, whereas metaphor, a titch of light-heartedness, allegory, and surprises work to keep me engaged and sometimes even...

5 books that changed me

everything I encounter changes me in some way ~ from hummingbirds pausing to sip at my feeder, to a daughter’s tight hug, to that first stimulating cup of coffee each morning ~ but these five books changed me in deep, provocative ways, and though I first read...

if I were a painter

When we make something with our hands, it changes the way we feel, which changes the way we think, which changes the way we act. ~ Carl Wilkens   I am surrounded, here, by art—natural, and human-made, and human-created collections of the natural. To my left,...

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