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Blog Challenge: Day 14


The challenge for Day 14 is to share what you collect and why.  I’m not much of a collector–at least not in the knick-knack kind of way.  But there are two things I do collect.

I am a passionate collector of books.  Now, I don’t mean I’m a high-brow, rare first edition type of collector.  Although that would be great, and I do have some pretty old books.  But I love reading, and so I am constantly buying books–hardbacks, paperbacks, e-versions–doesn’t matter.  I can never have too many books.

I also collect nativity sets from around the world.  I love how unique they are and how they are such a beautiful visual expression of a culture and a people’s understanding of God.  Unfortunately I didn’t start collecting them until after I had already traveled to about 13 countries.  That was really unfortunate timing.  So, although I don’t have a ton of nativities from other countries, I’m always looking to add to my collection.

What about you?  What do you collect?

The “C” Word


It’s time to talk about it.  Commitment.  When it comes to writing, I have some serious commitment issues.

I was speaking with someone the other day about starting a writer’s group.  Mostly because I need some accountability.  My amazing friend Karissa just finished the first draft of her book.  She got up at 4:30am every day to write.  4 freakin 30.  The only time I see that time of day is when I haven’t gone to bed yet.  She also has a full-time job and a family.   But she made time, she set goals, and she is getting stuff done.  She is superwoman.

This is Karissa and I, with our awesome friend Susan, back-in-the-day.  So far back my hair’s not even red.  Karissa is the one with the shortest hair.  She looks even more beautiful today, despite the fact that she’s had two kids.  Did I mention that she’s superwoman?


Then there’s Tripp.  Tripp is a college professor-speaker-actor-animal wrangler-musician-skateboarder-pacifist.  Oh yeah.  And an author.  He’s written/contributed to 13 books.  THIRTEEN.  How does he do that?  I don’t know, but that guy cranks out books like it’s nobody’s business.  He is both ten degrees of brilliant and the coolest guy ever.  If you met him in real life you might be deceived by his slacker-like t-shirt collection.  But don’t be fooled.  Anyone who has written 13 books before they’ve turned 40 doesn’t have a slacker bone in their body.


Here are Tripp and I with the cast of “The King Stag” back in college.  He’s the one with the weird horn on his head.  I’m the one wearing the neon yellow dress made out of a curtain.  (I was totally allergic.  That’s a whole other story for Murphy to tell.)  Too bad I can’t seem to find the photo of me carrying him up the stairs.  That one is awesome.

Anyway . . . back to the point.  I need some accountability.  And although I have amazing writer-friends, they all live far away.  Hence the idea for a writers group.  Anyone in the Central New York area interested?


Your mission, should you choose to accept it . . .


I feel it’s one of my missions in life to spread the love of reading to kids. Reading probably saved me as a kid/teen who faced a lot of drama. Reading allowed me to escape to another place, a magical place of excitement, adventure, fantasy, honor, and love. So its natural that I want to share this love with others.

And so tomorrow night I’m heading out to an awesome book sale with my friend Scott, where I am planning on stocking up! I can’t wait to fill shelves with books for my future foster kids! I’m sure I’ll end up getting some treasures for my adorable niece as well!

If you were going to stock up on kids books, would be on your must-list?

Life After Harry Potter



One of the awesome things I get to do is tutor a fourth grade student each week.  I am helping her develop her reading skills and right now she’s reading Harry Potter.  She loves it.  In about a month we will wrap up our tutoring for the year and I’d like to give her a book to start her summer reading.  I’m looking for recommendations.  While she is currently reading the fourth book, her family owns all the HP books, so I’d like to get her something else.  She loves mystery, adventure, humor, and historical fiction about American slavery.  She’s at a Lexicon level of 890.  Any suggestions?