books I’ve read in 2008

December
Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale, Ian Morgan Cron
Stitch ‘n Bitch, The Knitter’s Handbook, Debbie Stoller
Love is a Mix tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, Rob Sheffield
Fancy Nancy, Jane O’Connor

November
Take This Bread, Sara Miles
What Should I Do With My Life?, Po Bronson
The Pocket Muse: ideas and inspirations for writing, Monica Wood

October
Beyond Smells & Bells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy, Mark Galli
The Divine Hours, Pocket Edition, Phyllis Tickle
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, Patrick Lenconi

September
Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television, Nadia Bolz-Weber
Discover Your Soul Potential : Using the Enneagram to Awaken Spiritual Vitality, Kathy Hurley & Theodorre Donson
God is at Eye Level: Photography as a Healing Art, Jan Phillips

August
Though War Break Out, Brad Davis
The Yellow Leaves: A Miscellany, Frederick Buechner
The Little Book of Contemplative Photography, Howard J. Zehr
Love Life, complied by Kobi Yamda
Trailer Trashed: My Dubious Attempts at Upward Mobility, Hollis Gillespie

July
Sensual Orthodoxy, Debbie Blue
The Creative Call: an Artist’s Response to the Way of the Spirit, Janice Elsheimer
Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialities: An Entertaining Life [with Recipes], Julia Reed

June
When You are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris
Rock On: An Office Power Ballad, Dan Kennedy
The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn
Confessions of a Recovering Slut: And Other Love Stories, Hollis Gillespie

May
Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators, Patrick Lencioni
Looking for God, Nancy Ortberg
Due South: Dispatches from Down Home, R. Scott Bruner

April
The Last Addiction, Sharon Hersh
Nurture, Lisa Bevere
Walking With God, John Eldredge
The Blue Star, Tony Earley
Crazy Sista Cooking: Cuisine & Conversation With Lucy Buffett, Lucy Buffett

March
Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni

February
The Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs
The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
God’s Silence, Franz Wright

January
Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, Warren St. John
Creole Thrift: Premium Southern Living Without Spending a Mint, Angela Parlange
Simplicity, Kim Thomas


New Music I Loved in 2008

What follows is a totally random list of the six* new albums I most enjoyed in 2008. I seem to have discovered less new music this year, and that makes me kinda sad. Hopefully 2009 will bring on some new tunes.

In no particular order:
Sigur Ros, Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Lucinda Williams, Little Honey
Kate Campbell, Save the Day
Sugarland, Love on the Inside
Coldplay, Viva la Vida
Emmylou Harris, All I Intended to Be

Looking forward to:
Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
She & Him, Volume One
Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
Son Kil Moon, April
The Frames, The Cost

(*) edited to include Emmylou. Couldn’t sleep tonight if I left her out.


a parable about cheese

Check out this post over at God’s Politics by my friend, Nadia. Best parable you’ll read all day.


three sheets to the wind


where did november go?

where did the month of november go? I knew I had not posted in a while, but didn’t realize I posted only once in November. I look at the brunch photos a couple of entries back and that seems like just the other day.


granted, I’m just back from a fabulous vacation, but the whole month didn’t escape while I was swinging thru the jungles of Costa Rica. I’ll post more photos once soon.


so, now, december. waiting. yesterday was the first sunday of advent. for me, it is challenging to slow down, to wait. today I found myself hurrying thru my day, looking expectantly to a bit of calm once i left the office. wonder what it would be like to experience that in the midst of the everyday? i have no clue.


books I’ve read in 2008

November
Take This Bread, Sara Miles
What Should I Do With My Life?, Po Bronson
The Pocket Muse: ideas and inspirations for writing, Monica Wood

October
Beyond Smells & Bells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy, Mark Galli
The Divine Hours, Pocket Edition, Phyllis Tickle
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, Patrick Lenconi

September
Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television, Nadia Bolz-Weber
Discover Your Soul Potential : Using the Enneagram to Awaken Spiritual Vitality, Kathy Hurley & Theodorre Donson
God is at Eye Level: Photography as a Healing Art, Jan Phillips

August
Though War Break Out, Brad Davis
The Yellow Leaves: A Miscellany, Frederick Buechner
The Little Book of Contemplative Photography, Howard J. Zehr
Love Life, complied by Kobi Yamda
Trailer Trashed: My Dubious Attempts at Upward Mobility, Hollis Gillespie

July
Sensual Orthodoxy, Debbie Blue
The Creative Call: an Artist’s Response to the Way of the Spirit, Janice Elsheimer
Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialities: An Entertaining Life [with Recipes], Julia Reed

June
When You are Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris
Rock On: An Office Power Ballad, Dan Kennedy
The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn
Confessions of a Recovering Slut: And Other Love Stories, Hollis Gillespie

May
Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators, Patrick Lencioni
Looking for God, Nancy Ortberg
Due South: Dispatches from Down Home, R. Scott Bruner

April
The Last Addiction, Sharon Hersh
Nurture, Lisa Bevere
Walking With God, John Eldredge
The Blue Star, Tony Earley
Crazy Sista Cooking: Cuisine & Conversation With Lucy Buffett, Lucy Buffett

March
Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni

February
The Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs
The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
God’s Silence, Franz Wright

January
Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, Warren St. John
Creole Thrift: Premium Southern Living Without Spending a Mint, Angela Parlange
Simplicity, Kim Thomas