They know me TOO well

A house full of teenagers is a house that goes to bed later and later, and our mornings were starting later and later.

So this week, I declared that all teens should be in bed by 10 pm, with a book or kindle, no phones  Last night, from my bed, I heard doors opening and closing and footsteps in the hallway.  Glancing at the clock, I saw that it was 10:20 pm.

Ah-ha, I thought, climbing out of bed and heading toward the kids’ rooms.  Seeing a light under the girls’ bedroom door, I knocked and entered with my most terrifying frown.  Prairie takes one look at me and rushes, “Mama, you would be proud of us.  Rachel and I were downstairs having lots of liberal conversation with the boys until 10 pm.”

My girls having liberal conversation with their brothers?  Well, okay then.

I blew the girls kisses and told them goodnight.  In bed, I relayed our kids shenanigans to Sid.  “They’ve got your number,” he said.


Brain and Heart Food

I began reading a lot of books and watching quite a few shows that I did not bother finishing.  I kept reading these and felt they were worth my time.

*Books absolutely worth owning and giving space on my bookshelf.



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon

Gods in Alabama, Joshilyn Jackson

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, Diana Gabaldon

*At Home in Mitford, Jan Karon, a comfort re-read

The Curse of Crow Hollow, Billy Coffey




*The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson

Bossypants (audiotape), Tina Fey

The Artist’s Way Julia Cameron

*Heretic!: An LGBTQ-Affirming, Divine Violence-Denying, Christian Universalist’s Responses to Some of Evangelical Christianity’s Most Pressing Concerns,by Matthew J DiStefano and Michelle Collins

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, Austin Kleon

*The Gospel of According to Mark, various translations



*Maya Angelou (Poetry for Young People)

*Mary Oliver Poetry —  Why I Wake Early:  New Poems



Hidden Figures

A Man Called Ove

Foyle’s War (rewatching with the girls)

The Good Place