"We're all just walking each other home." - - Ram Dass

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Wrap Up of Some of My Favorite Things {And Dreamcatcher Book Winner Announced}

Hi lovelies.  Fall is starting to unfurl around us, so I've been busy following this little lady and mama around blocks and neighborhoods, learning the world all over again.

And while there is no 'link' to click on this one... Fall is one of my most favorite things {sweatpants, reading, and fall go super nicely together}.  Perhaps it was because it surrounded my birthday and a new school year, fall has always been my fresh start.  And I welcome her in all her embers of beauty.

On the subjects of beauty.... one of the most beautiful faces and a soul that makes everyone who encounters it feel understood and valued, my soul sister Adriel Denae who can most often be heard singing with my brother is working on her own solo project, and YOU.GUYS. you should make sure to keep up with her bone chilling, wonderful music.  I love every single thing I've heard.  Here's a clip of Adriel with Norah Jones this summer in my hometown.  Loved sitting there letting these amazing female artists fill a chapel.  goose bumps.

Shockingly enough, I have more books to recommend to you.  Can you believe it??  From the girl who got 10 books for her birthday, and a giftcard to buy many more?  Anyway. These books had me gripped, or caused me to see things in new and exciting ways. 

Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell SmithClaire is just fourteen years old when both of her parents are diagnosed with cancer, and Claire's journey through grief and coming of age at the same time.  Love, Love, Love this one.

Storycatcher by Christina Baldwin:  This book made me change the way I related to writing and the concept of 'Story'.  Through the pages, I learned that I don't have a passion for just writing, I have a much larger passion for Story.  This book gave me language and affirmation for my life's purpose that I didn't yet have words for.  So grateful.

And the final book and then I'll stop, for now, The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.  I love anything by Kate, great skilled and enjoyable writer, but I don't know... this one gripped me and found me  

Before leaving the book topic all together, I should admit that I am forming a Goodreads addiction rivaling the amount of time that can get sucked up by Pinterest, but something I will ACTUALLY probably do or use, not like the pinned art projects and recipes that the closest they come to reality is if my computer is sitting open on my kitchen counter.  If you are on there, find me!

Circle Street Stationary makes cards, paper, as well as some extremely cute other paper items all hand-sewn and to die for. Seriously, another thing to go and look around in, I would highly doubt not falling in love with something in the shop!  She even has little pretend tea bags for imaginary tea parties... sigh. just too much.  

And last, but certainly not least... I want to introduce you to another beautiful soul out here that I cannot get enough of. Meet my friend, Angela.

This girl sings the deep places, having walked roads marked with wear and soul baring intensity, but still she finds and {re}defines herself in hopeful and inspiring ways.  She is another sister of the heart.  You should read her words, I bet you will want to stay awhile and let her teach you wise and breathless beauty.

I've had so much fun pulling these things together, maybe something I'll do more frequently because I love sharing all the devastatingly wonderful things that are out there, because who doesn't need more of that in their life?  Thank you so much for the birthday love and wishes....  The winner of the copy of DREAMCATCHER is....  Christine Organ!  {Another great writer and heart out there.  I've met some good ones along the way, what can I say?!?}  Congratulations Christine, and thanks to everyone who played along!


  1. loved this. absolutely loved Rules of Inheritance. Did I learn of that from you? Miss our morning chats!

  2. ha. yup. No shame in my loving and sharing things game. :) Miss them too!

  3. I can't wait to read "Dreamcatcher." And thanks for the other good book recommendations - I will have to check those out as well. Hope you had a truly FAB birthday!

  4. What is writing without the story?! Love it! Putting your books on my list:) Wishing you a Happy Happy Birthday!

  5. Eee gads! Darlin', you done stunned and slayed me with this one. I love you to the moon and back. I'm a better person for having met you. I know it in my bones. Can't wait to check into these things you love. If you love 'em, by golly, I'm pretty guaranteed to love 'em too.

  6. Tara,

    I'm, making mental memories of some of these book ideas. Thank you.

    Happy belated birthday! The 30s are great. I turn 40 in April and that feels odd, I admit. :) Official, somehow.

    Jennifer Dougan

  7. I love reading too. And like you said, it goes well with the fall. Although summer reads at the beach are equally attractive. Thanks on your books' recommendations.

    Glad to find your blog through SITS comment marathon!

  8. We live among piles of books here. The Rules of Inheritance sounds like a really heart-touching book.

  9. It's always fun to see what other people like to read Coming by from #SITSblogging.