Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Reviewed by Elizabeth H. Cottrell My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was so impressed with this author’s book Everything I Never Told You and was anxious to read this one too. Some reviewers felt it was not as good as her first, but I found it even better. […]
NOTE:This is a post from 2014, updated with new information and sources, including the section below called “Trouble sleeping?” I am more convinced than ever that chronic fatigue from lack of sleep can cause a myriad of unwanted physical and psychological issues. If you’re not getting enough sleep, please read this. Sleep is more […]
Once asked what action he would recommend if a person were to feel a nervous breakdown coming on, famed American psychiatrist Karl Menninger (1893-1990) replied: “Lock up your house, go across the railroad tracks, and find someone in need and do something for him.” One more reason to write personal notes! Over time, I’ve shared […]
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder Written by Caroline Fraser Reviewed by Elizabeth H. Cottrell Published in 2017 and winner of 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Biography 4 stars When my daughter Sarah was a young girl, she and I both loved the Little House on the Prairie books, and while I […]
Writing is an important practice for self-examination, expression, and vocation or ministry for many of you, so I plan to start including occasional tips and resources that might improve your confidence and skill as a writer. Here’s a tool to add to your writing toolbox. Writers can overuse “empty words” One of the biggest revelations of using […]
[Updated February 2018] In light of yet another school shooting in Florida this month, I am so sad to contemplate the loss felt by victims’ families and the degree of despair the young shooter must have felt to seek relief in snuffing out the lives of others. Yet even the healthiest among us often find […]
I think you’ll enjoy and be edified by the short video about Lent below — put out by our Roman Catholic Friends at BustedHalo.com. Our Episcopal/Anglican traditions are closely related in many ways, and other than a couple of RC terms (e.g. “mass”), the overall themes conveyed here ring true for the way Episcopalians celebrate Lent.
Mysterious beginning It all began with a curious and tantalizing email from my friend Karen in North Dakota: “Could you send me a photo of your home? I’m working on a surprise.” Karen (Karen R. Sanderson, a.k.a. The Word Shark) is a writer, editor, author, artist, poet, super grandmother, and a friend I wouldn’t trade […]