Living With Joy

Just one person trying to live their life with Joy

Give Thanks

A good friend reminded me the other day that when the big pieces of your life hold a lot of uncertainty or bad things are happening, it’s important to focus … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Bookstore

It seems like a book set in a quirky New York second hand bookstore can’t lose, right?  Deborah Meyler manages to create a cocoon both in the life of the … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

That Sky

Who knew a sunset over the ocean could be so spectacular?  Even with my best camera I couldn’t come close to capturing the whole world around the boat being this … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Eleanor & Park

Can a book really live up to the kind of hype that Eleanor & Park has? When I started the book I certainly didn’t think so.  I had read Fangirl, … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Working on the projects

Can’t say too much online, but I’m currently working on several of my projects at once.  Back soon with more finished projects… I hope!

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nantucket Sunset

Yes, I did arrange my trip around photographing the sunset.

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment


I’m not exactly sure how I motivated myself to go see a movie that I understood was largely about torture.  Not exactly Saturday night fun! However, walking in to the … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment


November 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Brant Point Lighthouse

I waited a long time to finally see the Brant Point Lighthouse.  It was worth the wait and the long walk.

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Remembrance Day

From Vimy Ridge, France The trench where the Canadian troops waited the night before ‘going over the top’ at the beginning of the battle of Vimy Ridge. In Flanders fields … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Books I’ve Read This Year

Fiction (41)

news from heaven - Jennifer Haigh (3 1/2)

The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer (4 1/2)*

The Amateur Marriage - Anne Tyler (4)*

419 - Will Ferguson (5)*

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion (4)*

Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon (4)

The English Girl - Daniel Silva (4)

The World to Come - Dara Horn (4)*

Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah (4)

Longbourn - Jo Baker (3 1/2)

Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick (4)

The Best Laid Plans - Terry Fallis (4 1/2)*

Abide With Me - Elizabeth Strout (3 1/2)

American Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld (3)

Caught - Lisa Moore (4)*

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Shaffer & Barrows (4)*

Home - Marilynne Robinson (4)

Moon Shell Beach - Nancy Thayer (4)

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (4)

Cambridge - Susanna Kaysen (3)

The High Road - Terry Fallis (4 1/2)*

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell (4)*

Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese (4 1/2)*

The Radiance of Tomorrow - Ishmael Beah (4)

The House at Riverton (4)*

The Orenda - Joseph Boyden (5)*

Beachcombers - Nancy Thayer (3 1/2)

A Special Relationship - Douglas Kennedy (2 1/2)

The Matchmaker - Elin Hilderbrand (4)*

Sweet Tooth - Ian McEwan (4)

Some Assembly Required - Lynn Kiele Bonasia (3 1/2)

That Old Cape Magic - Richard Russo (3)

The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka (4 1/2)*

Snow Island - Katherine Towler (4)

The View From Penthouse B (3)

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell (5)*

Let The Great World Spin - Colum McCan (3 1/2)

Beautiful Day - Elin Hilderbrand (3 1/2)

Staying At Daisy's - Jill Mansell (3 1/2)

Where We Belong - Emily Giffin (4)

The Bookstore - Deborah Meyler (4)*

Non-Fiction (27)

A Nation Worth Ranting About - Rick Mercer*

Help Thanks Wow - Anne Lamott

The Signal and the Noise - Nate Silver*

Don't Get Too Comfortable - David Rakoff

Wild - Cheryl Strayed

Lucky Man - Michael J. Fox

Stuff Christians Like - Jon Acuff

Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand*

Right Side Up - Paul Wells

Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman*

Paris in Love - Eloisa James*

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Jane Austen - Carol Shields*

Giving It Up - Maggie Dawn*

Faith Unraveled - Rachel Held Evans

The No Asshole Rule - Robert Sutton*

Confessions of a Community College Administrator - Matthew Reed

The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee*

Strategic Market Research - Anne Beall

Why Good People Can't Get Jobs - Peter Cappelli

The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin

In the Body of the World - Eve Ensler

Hebrews for Everyone - Tom Wright

Canadian Ways - Harris & Harris*

Paying for the Party - Elizabeth Armstrong & Laura Hamilton*

Leading Thinkers: Digital Media & Learning - Elizabeth Babcock et al*

Digital Divide - MacArthur Foundation

* highly recommended


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