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Sometimes… The Grand Canyon on a tightrope in the wind would be easier to crawl across than the six feet we sit apart staring at separate screens. His work after work has his left-hand scribbling data from a graph into a notebook, his workday slacks still working, his dress shirt still alert. And yet his […]

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Ender’s Game

It has been ten years since I held my heart. Held it like it might surge out of my chest if I didn’t. Held it with one hand in calm silence while I stood before them and watched. Already it was different for them. Different because a book can do that–make a difference. Different because each […]

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The Power of Reading Aloud

I don’t know if teachers still read aloud to kids in elementary school. Or if the higher-ups have deemed there’s no time for that anymore. But I can still remember Mrs. Berry reading Charlotte’s Web aloud to us in the second grade. After lunch. A chapter at a time. It was the afternoon Mrs. Berry’s […]

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The Heart Response

Beside her, the book lay closed, front cover in the carpet and a single finger still holding her spot on the last page. She’d read it. Read it all. And… And she wasn’t the same. Instinctively she turned her head to the wall, her hair hiding the rest of her face. And she sobbed. Quiet, […]

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Jesus Calling

It was my sister who texted, “you need a copy of Jesus Calling.” At which time I penciled on my brain ‘Jesus Calling.’  Whatever that meant. The next time we spoke she asked, “did you get it?” And my mind went frantic.  “Get what?” “Jesus Calling,” she said.  She breathed out like I’d let her […]

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Water Balloon

Water Balloon.  It’s a book. For middle schoolers–mostly. And had it not been resting in display mode on the library shelf, I might have missed it forever. I motioned to my daughter that I was ready to leave.  She motioned back–just three more pages.  Which was when I shrugged and picked up Water Balloon and started […]

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Because of a Bunch of Books

There was a time after my son was born that I didn’t read a book.  For like a year.  I don’t think I slept then either.  Or left the house.  Or wore anything without a stain. But it was the invitation to a friend’s book club that gave me a sense of purpose.  Even as […]

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I don’t know what kind of person voluntarily writes a book review…or what that says about me now that I’m going to give it a go. But I love reading.  Good books, that is.  And I think I’m finally at the age or the okay-ed-ness where I can begin a book and not finish it if it doesn’t sit […]

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