Just to Name a Few: Five Things I’m Loving, Installment #2

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First of all, a big announcement!

The podcast Maile and I are creating officially launches next Tuesday, October 22nd–it’s called The Stories Between Us. You will be able to download and subscribe through any major podcast player, but if you’re a podcast newbie and don’t know what to do, never fear! I’ll post an easy-to-follow link here at the blog so that you can simply click and play.

I am really enjoying the conversations we’ve been having as we record some of these podcast episodes. Maile is so honest–she takes me far out of my comfort zone. But I think it’s important, because there are so many topics surrounding writing, creativity, and trying to do those things while parenting or homemaking or having another job. We’re going to go straight into it. So stay tuned.

Thursday also seems like a good day to give a shout-out to a few of the things I’ve been enjoying lately, so here are five…just to name a few:

A Complicated Heart by Sarah Mae

I can’t wait to read this book, the latest by my friend Sarah Mae. Here is the blurb:

People often ask Sarah, “How did you forgive your alcoholic mother?”

How do you forgive someone who carelessly brushed aside your pain, who caused such destruction, and who doesn’t show remorse? How do you know when to stay and when to go?

In The Complicated Heart, you will travel through Sarah’s story with her, from age 14 and beyond, as she wrestles with these very questions. Prepare yourself: she holds nothing back.


Yes, the ridiculously sour candy. My son bought some with his own money at CVS, let me have one, and now I keep sneaking into his room to have just. one. more. I’ve always been a bit of a sour candy nut.

The Habit Podcast with Jonathan Rogers

I have so enjoyed this podcast over the last few months, as Jonathan Rogers does a deep dive with each of his guests into the realm of writing and creativity. There’s even an episode with yours truly. Anyway, check it out.


When Maile and I needed a last-minute night out last week, we left the kids at home and walked a few blocks to one of the best restaurants in the area, Luca. We sat there and talked and had a wonderful evening. If you’re in Central PA, I highly recommend it–although you’ll need to make reservations ahead of time. We expected to be sitting at the bar, even though it was 9 p.m., but we got lucky and there was an available table.

Hearts and Minds Bookstore

Have you been there? It’s an incredible place, one of my favorite bookstores ever. I’ll be doing a reading there this Saturday night at 7 p.m. Join us!

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Finally, have you heard the incredibly sad news about the passing of Elijah Cummings? What an incredible life he lived. Take a moment today to find out more about him and his work through the years.