• Musings,  Religion

    Knowing Religion, Understanding Society

    Ever been in an argument that seemed irreconcilable? Did this argument turn out to be an issue of miscommunication and a misunderstanding of where the other person was coming from? An inability to communicate with someone different from us can often be the result of ignorance. Not knowing anything about your communication partner can lead to some hairy situations. Do you both speak the same language? If not, a lot can be lost in translation. Do you know the customs of their culture? If not, you could unknowingly offend them. It’s important to know something about those with whom we interact and, if we know nothing, to learn.

  • Books,  Findings

    Book Bloggers I Follow

    For this week’s Friday Findings, I decided to highlight book bloggers I follow. A few years ago I began to dive into the community side of book blogging. It was great to talk to other book lovers and connect over various bookish things. Check out these lovely ladies!

  • Books

    10 Books to Make You Laugh

    This week I’m joining in on Top 10 Tuesdays, a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there’s a new theme and those interested in participating just have to share their lists.

  • Books,  Bookstores of the World

    Landmark Books, among Michigan history and ghosts

    Tucked away at the edge of a northern Michigan city is an tract of land that used to be occupied by a mental hospital. Among the halls that once housed institutionalized women is a bookstore. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, formerly the Traverse City State Hospital, houses shops, restaurants, and residences. It’s become a mini-town on 480 acres of grassy land.

  • Books,  Weekly Wraps

    Last Week in Books

    Sorry this weekly wrap up is coming a day late. I took a lazy Sunday yesterday. Nothing spectacular happened in the reading world over the week. Progress was made on MWF Searching for a BFF. How was your week in books?

  • Books

    Hype or Like Friday – Time Travel & Fictional Visit

    Hype or Like is a a discussion meme started by Wonderfilled Reads, Geronimo Reads, and Rant & Rave About Books. Check out the Goodreads group for more information and to join! Hype or Like is a new meme and this is only its second week! I’m not reading this month’s book, but I love this week’s discussion questions so I decide to participate.

  • Books,  Findings

    Millennials are reading more

    It may come as no surprise to fellow book lovers that books and libraries are important. What may be surprising is that Americans under 30 report reading more than adults over 30! Take that critics of the Millennial generation! An Atlantic article reports on a recent Pew survey of over 6,000 Americans. The findings are interesting and highlight the young generation’s appreciation for knowledge and information.

  • #AmWriting,  Writings

    On Editing

    Any good writer knows that editing is a crucial part of the writing process. It turns a random stream of consciousness, which is actually a page-long sentence, into coherent prose. We all make typos and grammatical errors while writing. Editing polishes everything until the words flow like a sweet harmony off the page. Yet, no two writers edit the same. There are various editing styles, ranging from when one edits to how.