Should You Celebrate When You Don’t Feel Like Celebrating?

This week, a close friend of mine had a birthday. They hate to celebrate their birthday, which I've always felt sad about. But it's not for the reasons that you might think. When they were growing up, birthdays were kind of a challenging time rather than a fun celebration of their life. This friend of …

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What I Learned From Watching Dolly Parton Movies All Month.

As some of you know, I also have a movie blog, and I recently finished a month of watching Dolly Parton movies. This kind of came about after having a really rough time in my personal life over Christmas. I felt like I wanted to watch things that were a little more uplifting and fun, …

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The Easy Way To Enlightenment by Leigh Ann Kittell

When Leigh Ann Kittell emailed me and asked me to read her book and review it, I was pretty intrigued by the title. Spirituality and spiritual practice often seem hard to adopt into every day life and enlightenment seems like something that only spiritual masters can ever attain. But what if that's not true? What …

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The Art Of Being A Woman by Patricia Volk

In this book, Patricia Volk writes about her mother and about what she taught her about being a woman. But Patricia felt liberated when she read a biography about Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and the way she approached womanhood, feeling like she was being opened up to another way of being. It's partly a …

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Survival Lessons with writer Alice Hoffman

As you probably know, this year I've been reading all Alice Hoffman's books, which has been a lovely experience, and I'm quite sad that I've nearly read them all. Thankfully she's still writing more, with another coming out soon. Hoffman often writes about small town, suburban America, with magic realism often a  theme. Her books …

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