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#068: Nerd is a good thing

I‘m talking to Anne Bogel about books: good summer reads, how to encourage kids to read, when to buy versus when to check out at the library, e-reader versus the real thing, and more. Plus, Anne shares her book matchmaking “services” and we talk about her famous summer reading list. If you enjoy chatting books (read more…)

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To know them is to love them

Have you ever had an unexpressed need or desire, maybe even one you didn’t realize you had until someone satisfied it for you? I’m convinced we all do. My sister recently gave me a present for no particular reason, something she had seen in a gift shop that instantly reminded her of me: a small (read more…)

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Listening to the people around your table

Entertaining goes deeper than inviting guests and whipping up a simple meal. It means practicing community around the table, sharing stories, and finding out more about what makes our guests so interesting. People are hurting, our experiences make us real, and it’s our privilege to be their friend and listen. I served a platter of (read more…)

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Weekend links

15 tips for the highly sensitive parent :: Sorta Crunchy Why you should stop taking pictures on your phone and learn to draw :: The Philosopher’s Mail The art of empathy :: Q Ideas Why children fidget (and what we can do about it) :: Balanced and Barefoot I sent all my text messages in (read more…)

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5 ways to make time to learn to sew (Introducing Sewing School 101)

Ever since I started writing about sewing, I’ve had people telling me it’s something they’ve always wanted to learn. It’s often one of two things holding them back– either they are intimidated and don’t know where to start, or as with many other potential hobbies or aspirations, they can’t seem to find (or make) the time. (read more…)

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