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Poetry as a spiritual wake-up call

What is it about poetry that has the ability to connect us to those things we sense beyond language? The realm of the spirit, the metaphysical, close-to-the-jagged edge, raw nerve, depth of the heart, holy, sacred places--- those spaces seem more suited for the suggested music in poetry, the dance of language, the construction of that which makes and does not make sense all at once. Yet poetry (when it is working well) is not vaulted, special, incomprehensible. When the art form is in the hands of a true artist, it is very comprehensible, even if it communicates something very profound. ...more

His Book of Hours is intensely spiritual and helped me through a really dark time in ...more

Book Recommendations: Help A BlogHer

Everyone needs a little help from time to time. This is a thread where we can discuss what we want or need and our fellow BlogHers can chime in with their recommendations. Maybe we have a pile of books from the library and we just can't decide which to read. Maybe we're in a slump and need something that will knock our socks off. Or maybe it's been a little while since we picked up a book and just don't know where to start. Or maybe there's a book that we just all need to read and someone is just bursting to tell us about it. ...more

The descriptions of a place you know being wrong would definitely make it hard to like!! I ...more

Book Recommendations: Help A BlogHer

Everyone needs a little help from time to time. This is a thread where we can discuss what we want or need and our fellow BlogHers can chime in with their recommendations. Maybe we have a pile of books from the library and we just can't decide which to read. Maybe we're in a slump and need something that will knock our socks off. Or maybe it's been a little while since we picked up a book and just don't know where to start. Or maybe there's a book that we just all need to read and someone is just bursting to tell us about it. ...more

why you hated The Mermaid Chair? I don't know that I loved it, but I found it extremely ...more

Road Trip Season is Here!

We're in the middle of our inaugural spring road trip, rambling around central Oregon. It's farm stands and small towns, the grass fields making my nose itch, the diner food making -- well, it's making me fat, but I can't resist the fries or the onion rings, they taste like the open road. Last night we roamed the broad avenues of Salem, Oregon's capital, the day before we took the back roads through little towns with fancy brick facades along main streets. ...more

In about two weeks, my husband and I are starting the drive from where we live in BC all the ...more

Are You Sleeping With Bed Bugs?

If you're eating, you may want to pass on reading this post until a little later. If you're easily sicked-out by bugs, you may want to pass on this one altogether. It seems that infestations of bed bugs are on the rise, so much so that the EPA held a Bed Bug Summit this week. The purpose of the summit was to address the problem and work towards finding a solution. ...more

I wrote this back in October after the worse stress of moving a whole hallway out of the ...more

My Evolving Thoughts on Infidelity and Forgiveness

It was simple when I was younger. Infidelity was unforgivable. The only appropriate reaction to infidelity, under absolutely any circumstances, was to walk away from the relationship. Clearly. And particularly if one had children. Because I knew that people stayed in marriages "for the children," and I thought that made no sense at all. Better to be an example by standing up for how people should treat each other. Better to dissolve the marriage rather than risk teaching a child to cheat or be cheated on. Then, the first two ripples came to my thinking. ...more

This is a really thoughtful post! I've thought my way along a similar path and one thing that ...more

Are You Sleeping With Bed Bugs?

If you're eating, you may want to pass on reading this post until a little later. If you're easily sicked-out by bugs, you may want to pass on this one altogether. It seems that infestations of bed bugs are on the rise, so much so that the EPA held a Bed Bug Summit this week. The purpose of the summit was to address the problem and work towards finding a solution. ...more

I'm a resident director at a university and unfortunately, one of the hallways in my building ...more

Welcome...

Picture a room with comfortable couches, armchair and lounges. There are tall windows that let in the sun in on sunny days and have heavy drapes that can be pulled on rainy, windy ones. The lighting is always perfect for reading - it's never too dim or glaring. There is, of course, a fireplace. A cedar chest houses blankets to cuddle under and pillows are perfectly plumped for maximum lounging. There's a cupboard that hides our snacks and beverages from which no one has ever eaten the last of your favourite. ...more

I got my first one from Source for Christmas this year, most of the rest I have from Arrow ...more

Must. Read. Entire. Series. (Or maybe not?)

I've been obsessively checking my library website to try and reserve the audio version and the large print version of the next installment of the Ladies #1 Detective Agency series, Tea Time for Traditionally Built Women. Today I hit paydirt! ...more

because they don't necessarily follow the same characters but are set in the same fantasty ...more

Welcome...

Picture a room with comfortable couches, armchair and lounges. There are tall windows that let in the sun in on sunny days and have heavy drapes that can be pulled on rainy, windy ones. The lighting is always perfect for reading - it's never too dim or glaring. There is, of course, a fireplace. A cedar chest houses blankets to cuddle under and pillows are perfectly plumped for maximum lounging. There's a cupboard that hides our snacks and beverages from which no one has ever eaten the last of your favourite. ...more

I think the first one I read was Powder and Patch and I was hooked. I love curling up with a ...more