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Marfa, oh how I love you


pretty things…hand ground coffee beans


books I’ve read since May

• Churched, Matthew Paul Turner
• One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp
• Fall Into Grace, Jay Bakker
• Bossypants, Tina Fey
• Sacred Romance, Brent Curtis & John Eldredge
• Find Your Way Home, Becca Stevens
• Enneagram Made Easy, Renee’ Baron & Elizabeth Wagene
• House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Way Home, Mark Richard
• Reluctant Pilgrim, Enuma Okoro
• The Beauty of Different, Karen Walrond
• Making Sense of Scripture, David Lose
• Jesus, My Father, The CIA and Me, Ian Cron
• It’s All About God, Samir Semalovic
• Discover What You’re Best At, Linda Gale
• Expressive Photography, Tracey Clark
• I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee, Charles J. Shields
• Juztapoz Photo, Diane Weber
• The Help, Katherine Stockett
• Quitter, Jon Acuff
• The Promise of Despair, Andrew Root
• Begin Again, Believe Again, Sharon Hersh
• Four-Word Self-Help (Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives), Patti Digh
• Where Women Create – Book of Inspiration, Jo Packiam and Jenny Doh
• All is Grace, Brennan Manning
• Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design, Christine Lemieux
• The Long Goodbye, Meghan O’Rourke
• Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore, Rachael Brownell
• My So-Called Freelance Life, Michelle Goodman
• Handling Difficult Holidays: The Gracious Path to Overcoming Painful Times, Jane N. Geiger
• Zarella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness: The Science, Design and Engineering of Contagious Ideas, Dan Zarella
• Divine Therapy and Addiction: Centering Prayer and the Twelve Steps, Thomas Keating
• The Care and Keeping of Creative Souls: A Manual, Jen Lee
• So, You’re a Creative Genius, Now What? Carl King
• There Are Two Marriages: A Manifesto on Marriage, Tony Jones
• Parched, Heather King


favorite albums of 2011

You know you listen to a lot of music when you have trouble narrowing down your favorite albums to 10. Or even 15 or 20. Here are my favorites from 2011:

  • The Belle Brigade – The Belle Brigade
  • The Black Keys – El Camino
  • Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  • Dawes – Nothing is Wrong
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys
  • Decemberists – The King is Dead
  • Over the Rhine – The Long Surrender
  • Markéta Irglová – Anar
  • Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
  • Wilco – The Whole Love

Honorable Mention: 

  • St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  • Drive-By Truckers – GoGo Boots
  • Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  • Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest
  • Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Also worth checking out: 

  • Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing
  • Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  • Lucinda Williams – Blessed
  • Guy Clark – Songs and Stories
  • Sigur Rós – Inni(live)