Living With Joy

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Year List #1: A Bouquet of Pencils for the Start of School

Every fall I have the sudden urge to buy school supplies.  Maybe it’s that line from You’re Got Mail about a bouquet of sharpened pencils.  I want pencils.  Beautiful pencils. … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Barnstable Salt Marsh

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Year Project: Bucket List

No, I’m not dying. For the last few years I’ve had a year project starting on my birthday.  I’ve had much more luck with this than I’ve ever had with … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cutting for Stone

I have no idea why it took me so long to read this book.  I picked it up at least a year ago and it has been sitting on my … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cape Cod – Best and Worst

As you can probably tell from the photos, I took a short trip to Cape Cod at the end of summer.  I love being by the ocean and have been … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bass Hole

My first sunset shoot was at Bass Hole/Gray’s Beach.  So lovely!

September 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

40 Bookstores

For the last few years I’ve started a project on my birthday.  Two years ago it was a photography project – 365 gallery quality photos in a year.  I failed. … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Cape

I’m back from my end of summer trip to Cape Cod.  Got some great photos I can’t wait to share.

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

In the Body of the World

I need to start out by admitting that I’m probably the only person in the world who hasn’t seen/read The Vagina Monologues.  I was vaguely aware of Eve Ensler, but … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment


No Canadian road trip is complete without them!

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Books I’ve Read This Year

Fiction (32)

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)

Non-Fiction (24)

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*

* highly recommended


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