Monday, November 24, 2008

HOME by Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson won the Pulitzer for her book GILEAD. I still haven't read GILEAD but I was anxious to read her follow-up, HOME, after reading several glowing reviews. HOME is a prodigal son story. It revisits several of the characters from GILEAD but it is not necessary to read GILEAD in order to understand the plot.

Prodigal Jack Boughton returns home after an extended absence to visit his ailing father and sister and tries to find some sort of redemption. The story is a quiet one that is very character-driven. For readers that crave fast-moving plots and lots of action, this would be a very difficult book to get through. However, it offers a great deal of reflection on religion and family and whether people can truly change. Extremely thoughtful if sometimes a bit slow.

I'm looking forward to reading GILEAD for a different perspective and viewpoint on this tale.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I went to the doctor today and she offered some good suggestions and ideas for me so I think things will improve soon. As for my SuperBaby, he is as healthy as a horse and in the 99% for height and the 50% for weight. A long tall drink of water indeed. I'll post a six month photo soon.

I am all about comfort and nesting right now and I just saw this bed jacket in the Company Store catalog and decided it is just what I need to stay warm while I snuggle down and read during the winter months. I decided to splurge. Don't tell my mom though...I'm getting one for her too!

I may not post again before Thanksgiving so I just wanted to say how thankful I am for so many things in my life: healthy baby, family, home, job, personal health....and YOU!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

One Foot in Front of the Other

Hello Friends.
Thank you for all your support and well wishes. They are needed and appreciated. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and hopefully she can help me figure things out. In the meantime, I am trying to rest (unsuccessfully) and read (fairly successfully). I just finished HOME by Marilynne Robinson and will post a review soon. I am also close to finishing the FIRE by Katherine Neville.

I hope you are all preparing for a special Thanksgiving this year. I know I have lots of things to be thankful for. Such as blogging friends like you!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


I can hardly believe it. I haven't felt like this since 1992. Could this really be change that we can believe in? I'd like to think so. I think Sen. McCain's speech was very moving and gracious. And Obama's speech blew me away. I can hardly wait for the inauguration. We now have the chance to come together as a country and effect some real change. What a wonderful opportunity!!!

I am very sad that California passed Proposition 8. I hope that someday, we will look back on this time and think, "How could we have ever denied rights to our fellow citizens?!" Whatever your stance on gay marriage, I would like to think that people would realize that it is very wrong to deny rights to our fellow Americans. Just as it was wrong to deny women and African-Americans the vote for so long. Sometimes I think we take two steps forward and one step back. Still, progress is being made. I'm just a little impatient.

Rumored to be posted at Obama Campaign HQ:

"Rosa Sat So Martin Could Walk
Martin Walked So Obama Could Run
Obama Ran So Our Children Can Fly"

Monday, November 03, 2008

McCain Supporter Denies Candy to Children

This is so disgusting but it seems to be par for the course these days.