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What I’m reading: (Click on the book titles to learn more about each one.)
My fascination with animals started when I was a little girl and my parents introduced me to Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on Sunday nights in the early 60s. I daydreamed about being able to understand be understood by wild animals. Move over Snow White! (Okay – I dreamed about being her too and talking to woodland animals and little guys with a jewel mine!)
Then I read The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery (this is an amazing book! If you only click on one link in this post, let it be this one!
Ravens fascinate me too.
This line from the preface, written by the Grand Dame of Mystery, caught me by the heart and I cannot get enough of her story.
“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly despairing, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
Me too, Ms. Christie!
Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble I do love a good mystery/suspense book.
Writer’s Doubt by Bryan Hucthinson
I have a term for my first attempts at any writing projects – they are so raw, they are my sushi drafts. All the experts I’ve ever read teach that all first drafts are crap. This has always bothered me so imagine my surprise when Bryan Hutchinson wrote, “Your first draft is not crap no matter how far from perfect it might be.” He also shared this quote from Michael Lee: “The first draft reveals the art, revision reveals the artist.”
Lessons From a Sheep Dog by Philip Keller
Lass is a dog considered worthless because she was determined to be untrainable. When the author took her into his care, she became a magnificent sheep dog (the author’s words). This story is connecting me tenderly to my Savior. Again.
What I’ve read recently:
The Bottom of the Pool by Andy Andrews Here’s a quote that challenged me in a good way: “Be careful about what you think you know. Because you can’t always believe everything you think.”
Two Lives by Reeve Lindbergh This is from the beginning of this book: “I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in living two lives. I think most people do this to some degree.”
Fault Lines by Voddie Baucham, Jr. brings clarity out of the chaos being screamed at us today. The author digs deep into today’s most dividing issue. He reveals facts the media and others haven’t told. He did all the hard homework. He writes with respect about those who have hidden the truth behind headlines. A quick FYI: Fault Lines is not the first book I’ve read on this topic. It is, however, the best I’ve read.
And That . . .
A few of my online favorites:
Andy Andrews The Professional Noticer.
The Write Conversation – an award-winning blog for writers.
I visit this wildlife photography site often. Suzie Eszterhas.
And now, a little something from me . . .
Book 1 in The Mississippi Queens series:
I hope you found something you like!
Until Next Time,