I don't read nearly as much these days. Or maybe not as much as I'd prefer in some idealistic (unreal) world where I get to spend a few hours a day soaking up good literature.
Mostly, I'm reading Goodnight, Gorilla, There's a Rumble in the Jungle or Fancy Nancy. (Let's be honest. I actually like children's literature.) And at bedtime, Anna has fallen in love with (routine?) my narration of homegrown stories. (In case you're wondering, I'm a terrible storyteller. I wish I were that dad whose stories inspire her to one day look back and marvel at the whimsical, imaginative stories I cooked up at bedtime, but alas, probably not. I'm learning slowly, though, at least about what kind of story she will likely enjoy.)
But in the margins of here and there, I have found time for a sampling of books in 2016. Here are some memorable ones:
More of Less, Joshua Becker
A helpful guide on minimizing excess (possessions) so you can focus on what's most important…
Pilgrims Looking for the Sun This weekend
across America, our transportation and information highways will glut with millions
of eclipse-chasers travelling from the far corners of the globe order to find an
unobstructed view along the “total eclipse” zone spanning the United States
from Oregon to South Carolina. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment for many. A
total eclipse of this nature hasn’t spanned this country for a century, though,
century holds many such eclipses in store. I myself will be joining the
ranks of eclipse-chasers, making a relatively brief journey south to my parent’s
property in Sparta, IL, which is comfortably within the totality zone. I’m a latecomer
in educating myself about this rare event. Only after watching two videos (by Smarter Every Day and Vox)
and discussing the astronomically phenomenal event with my friend, Kacey, did
my eyes begin to open in wonder and amazement at the unique phenomena of a
total eclipse. Previously, I thought, oh, I’ll be…
It's the most wonderful time of the year. For me, at least, it typically is.
I truly enjoy this Christmas season full of festive cheer: hanging lights on the fir tree, unpacking the ornaments and memories from a dusty Christmas bin, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, making snow angels, sipping egg nog, watching Home Alone, wrapping gifts. Christmas!
As I grow older, though, my eyes are obtaining new lenses to see the gorge that often lies between Christmas and Advent.
Though the wider culture doesn't use the term "Christmas" any more, in view of the diverse beliefs represented in Western culture, Christmas still stands a monolithic tree whose branches reach wide in the culture. We've built an entire consumer mindset as well as a strong dose of nostalgia from this festive season of giving, having transgressed a two-thousand millennia wide boundary water from the banks of Bethlehem's stable. For many, Christmas - or "the holidays" - is a wonderfull…