Archive for April 2017

Confidence in Character

Confidence in Character
If you were a character in a novel, what adjectives would proceed your introduction? My blogging group’s monthly “Write for writing’s sake and do it an hour” prompt asked us to describe the role confidence, or lack thereof, has played in our lives. The challenge here is two-fold. First, I needed to decide if I... Read more »

A Boy Made of Blocks: An Autism Fiction Fantasy Camp

A Boy Made of Blocks: An Autism Fiction Fantasy Camp
With April as Autism Awareness Month, I thought now was as good as time as any to pick up Keith Stuart’s “A Boy Made of Blocks.” It’s been on the bucket list a while, and I’d even checked it at least once before this latest endeavor. And while this particular story, about a man named... Read more »

Motherprayer: Can I get a do over?

Motherprayer: Can I get a do over?
I’ve been Facebook friendly with North Shore Chicago’s Barbara Mahany since her first book, Slowing Time, was released a few years back. I was asked to interview her for a magazine article and was immediately drawn into her orbit. Mahany is one of those contemplative souls that, when you spend time with them, you are... Read more »
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Fake It Til You Make It: Parenting in a Perfect Little World

Fake It Til You Make It: Parenting in a Perfect Little World
When it comes to parenting, is there such a thing as “perfect?” Ever? Of course not — but that doesn’t mean we don’t try our best, for better or worse. And in Kevin Wilson’s “Perfect Little World,” Dr. Preston Grind sets out to right as many wrongs he can’t possibly right when he creates The... Read more »

Getting Hygge With It: How Down with the Danes are You?

Getting Hygge With It: How Down with the Danes are You?
I keep trying to pronounce it “hoo-ga” but I can’t help but say “higgy.” Either way, I think I might need to move to Denmark. The concept of “hygge” is not necessarily new, but Meil Wiking’s “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living” is — and it’s a tidy read for anyone... Read more »