Resurrection Sunday 2015

Posted by Sherry on 4/5/2015 in Christian Life, Conversion stories, Family, General |

I’ve been trying to think of how I can share with anyone who reads this blog about the most important thing in the world to me. I love books. I think stories are very important; in fact, I believe we are made to think in story and feel others’ stories and live our lives as […]


If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

Posted by Sherry on 11/22/2014 in 2014, Family, General, Pakistan/Afghanistan, Young Adult Fiction |

Mike gets a letter a few weeks before his sixteenth birthday: “If you’re reading this, I’m very sorry, but I was killed in the war in Afghanistan.” Thus begins a series of letters to Mike from the dad he didn’t really know who died in Afghanistan when Mike was eight years old. Can Mike get […]


Poetry Friday: The Country Clergy by R.S. Thomas

Posted by Sherry on 1/24/2014 in Family, General, Poets and poetry |

I stole this poem fragment by poet R.S. Thomas from Glynn because I loved it and wanted to share it/preserve it here. I see them working in old rectories By the Sun’s light, by candlelight, Venerable men, their black cloth A little dusty, a little green With holy mildew. And yet their skulls, Ripening over […]


House-Dreams by Hugh Howard

Posted by Sherry on 1/15/2014 in Family, General, Nonfiction, Projects |

House-Dreams: The story of an amateur builder and two novice apprentices and how they turned an overgrown blackberry patch, ten truckloads of lumber, a keg of cut nails, and an antique staircase into a real home by Hugh Howard. I’m not a home builder or a designer, so I’ll admit I skimmed through a lot […]

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12 Best Books Read in the Semicolon Family in 2013

Posted by Sherry on 1/3/2014 in Booklists, Family, General |

Eldest Daughter (28) is on a Catholic reading binge. She recommends Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene and The Letters of Caryll Houselander. She also read and enjoyed The Pale King by David Foster Wallace. Artiste Scientist Daughter (24) shares my love for Madeleine L’Engle. She says the best book she read this year was L’Engle’s […]


Hold Fast by Blue Balliet

Betsy-bee loves Blue Balliet’s books–Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, and The Calder Game— which incorporate art education and mystery and adventure to make up a lovely, colorful mixture of a read. She might like this one, too, even though it’s different. It’s set in Chicago, but it’s not a Chicago of art museums and art […]

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Sisters Day

Posted by Sherry on 8/4/2013 in Book Tag, Booklists, Celebrations, Family, General |

The first Sunday in August is Sisters Day. How can you celebrate your sister or help your children celebrate sisterhood? Read a picture book. Big Sister and Little Sister by Charlotte Zolotow. A Baby Sister for Frances by Russell Hoban. A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban. Flicka, Ricka, Dicka Bake a Cake by Maj […]


Eliminate the B-Word

Posted by Sherry on 6/25/2013 in Education and Homeschool, Family |

What do you do when the kids start singing that good old summer song, “Mom, there’s nothing to do! I’m bored!” A. Get out the math books. B. Threaten to find them something to do, and it is a threat. Scrubbing baseboards is not a desirable or treasured substitute for boredom among my urchins. C. […]


What I Learned from My Daddy

Posted by Sherry on 6/15/2013 in Education and Homeschool, Family |

My daddy died in 2009. He lost his leg a few years before that, to diabetes, and then he “lost” his home because he was no longer able to live there in a wheelchair and with only one leg. He and my mom moved into a senior living apartment complex near my home, and they […]


55 Summer Memories

Posted by Sherry on 5/28/2013 in Family, General |

Miz Booshay, she of the Quiet Life, inspired this post. When I think back on the summers of my childhood and youth, I remember: kool-aid and push pops. swimming (or at least playing in the water) at the Municipal Pool. not swimming because I wasn’t allowed until the scab from my smallpox vaccination fell off. […]

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