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best book(s) of 2016

picture of best books of 2016

December Reflections day 5. These are my most favorite books I've read this year- I am in love with each of them, seriously. But especially both of Mark Nepo's books. And Martha Beck's. And Poemcrazy- I love it! And last month, I'd planned to write a blog post all about discovering the book The Renaissance Soul, but I never got around to figuring out exactly what I wanted to say. Here's the story, in a nutshell. I have piles of books in my living room so high they've toppled over more than once this year. I feel a...

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what makes me happy today

I had an idea for a longer post about a new discovery about myself that I've made, but I think that will have to wait for tomorrow (and hopefully it will actually happen tomorrow. I was just looking in my drafts folder and I have blog posts from ages ago that I never tidied up enough to actually post. And the original bubbles of excitement that prompted the posts have all dissipated by now, so they will probably never see the light of day.) And on that cheery note, here is what makes me happy...

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what self-care looked like this weekend

[caption id="attachment_1072" align="alignnone" width="600"] a bicycle ride along the Iowa River[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1073" align="alignnone" width="600"] For the last several years, it has been my intention to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird but with so many new books always vying for my attention, I never managed to get to it. Last January, I promised myself that I would read it before the year was out. I finally picked it up today.[/caption] Hoping you have found some time for self-care this weekend too, in all its varied and glorious forms. ~angela...

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breathe

[caption id="attachment_882" align="alignnone" width="926"] This morning, inspiration rushed through me with such speed, my pen couldn't keep up with my thoughts. As much as I love these moments, so wild and unpredictable, I also have to remind myself to breathe and to trust that whatever ideas I don't manage to catch will come back again, or make their way to someone else.[/caption]...

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I’m reading…

[caption id="attachment_789" align="alignnone" width="3024"] One of the strangest things about following your joy is ending up with so many books, all in the process of being read. In the past I was linear, reading one book from cover to cover before beginning a new one. Today I have books scattered through my home, all in the process of being read as the spirit moves me.[/caption]...

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