Favorite Finds

Favorite Finds from ejfalke

Just popping in with a few great things I recently found on Pinterest.  We recently enjoyed some great family time at Yosemite National Park (which is only about 80 miles away now) viewing fall colors and filling up the nature bucket in my soul.

  • I swear, if I were in this library, I might curl up with a few good books and never leave.  Look at that view!  Especially if one of these rocking cushy chairs were in there.
  • And if I were in one of those chairs in that library, I might pick up some books by Alice Munro, this year’s Nobel laureate for literature.
  • Or maybe something more introspective. This list from Awesomely Awake has some books that I really want to check out.  If these look good to you, also check out Replenish by Lisa Grace Byrne (book review coming soon).
  • And more introspective can be found here with some fun autumn-inspired writing prompts to sink a little deeper into this wonderful season (which I know is a favorite for so many people).
  • And please, someone make me a grilled cheese sandwich with a waffle iron.

Let’s all go out for pumpkins and hot chocolate, no matter what the weather is like!  I hope everyone is having a great week!

P.S. Did any of you catch my first post on The Library Adventure when I reviewed The Folk Keeper?  What did you think?


Autumn Renewal

Autumn is here!  And big things have changed for my family.  Last week we moved down to the middle of the San Joaquin Valley of central California after three years in the North State.  It is a good change for us, but, as moving usually is, it has also brought a measure of upheaval that is finally settling down.  One thing that has settled into place is more dedicated writing time for me.  This is important because I have a couple new writing adventures going on.  The first is that I am now a regular contributor to a new blog, The Library Adventure (Facebook page)!  This is a really fun resource for book reviews for all ages, themed book lists, activities based on children’s books, and other information on using the library.  It’s a fantastic source and I am excited to be part of the team.  I’ll be reviewing books for middle school kids each month.  Go check it out!

Speaking of books, here’s what I’ve been reading over the last few months.  It’s not a lot because things have been a little crazy.

  • You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins: Good encouragement for anyone who fancies writing but is intimidated by, well, being a writer.
  • Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer (her teenage daughter!): Super fun YA fractured fairytale.  I love that it was Picoult’s daughter’s idea and they wrote it together.
  • True Christian Motherhood by June Fuentes: Simple e-book with Biblical motherhood encouragement.
  • Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum: Gut-wrenching Holocaust-era/present-day novel.  Terribly sad.  Terribly, terribly sad.
  • When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke: Re-reading a feel-good fave.  Young teacher moves out to the Canadian frontier, falls in love with a Mountie, what’s not to love?
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: Fascinating story combining magic and it’s effect on real-world pain.

Happy Fall, y’all!


Starting over — again (for the last time) {hopefully}

I’ve had many a blog in my day.  EmDoug, Ramblings and Rainstorms, Memoirs of Motherhood, Happiness Begins with Me, and even another one that I started and never even posted to.

Am I the only one who’s done this?  Please tell me no.

Well.  This is the last blog I am starting.  I hope.  I’ve picked ejfalke because that’s my online moniker and should therefore include all aspects of myself that I would want to post about.    I don’t know how often I’ll post or if it will be worth reading.

“Why bother?” you ask?  I decided to forego blogging at all some time ago.  But I missed it.  And then I thought the things I did want to post would be “off-topic” so I couldn’t post them.  I’m not going to be a professional blogger.  I’m not going to niche-blog.  I just want a little web-home to be all about…me.  And whatever I want.  So here we go.  Again.