It’s still muggy in D.C., but with autumn around the corner the weather will break any day. Speaking of breaks, Roughly Speaking has been on summer break. Here’s what’s new:
Leo Went Camping: To escape the humidity, I took a trip to pet sit my friend’s dog Leo. Leo lives in Los Angeles, and he loves California and the outdoors as much as I do. He has his own dog door, but his owners asked me to bring him inside after dark, so I locked up the dog door around 10pm. One morning I heard Leo scratching go out…and I realized he was in the yard…I’d left him there all night. He was scratching to come in. I felt so bad, but Leo didn’t mind. When I told Ron the story over the phone, Ron said, “Leo went camping.”
On the Bookshelf: This summer, in honor of Nora Ephron, I read Heartburn. I tried to read it on my Kindle, but alas, I gave up somewhere in the middle of the sample pages and ordered the paperback. So I still haven’t actually read a book on my Kindle; however, I have fallen in love with my e-Reader anyway. It’s perfect for movies on airplanes (I watched Heartburn after I finished the book). Speaking of books, I’ve started a list of independent bookstores under the Links section on my blog. Each time I visit one in person, I’m going to add it. I’m looking forward checking out Parnassus the next time I go to Nashville. Does your town have an indie bookstore?
Hot Off the Press: Dancing at the Shame Prom, a book of essays edited by Amy Ferris and Hollye Dexter, is out this month. My piece in this collection is about a difficult decision my husband and I made to turn down an adoption. After this assignment, I realized I could write on the topic(s) of shame and fear for the rest of my life and never run out of material.
The Move: I can’t believe how much work the move has been. We love the new place. I debated whether to put my writing room downstairs in the “office” or upstairs in the “loft.” (A fun dilemma…I remember when I first became a writer my only option was to push a desk against the wall in our cramped apartment.) Anyway, I was tempted to take the loft. It has better light. “And I’m an ‘up’ person,” I said to anyone who would listen. But I picked the downstairs room after my hubs and parents (who helped us move in) suggested that would be the better fit because it was, after all, designed to be a home office. Well, a few weeks later, as I chatted with a woman about the vision I had for my writing space, she said, “You seem like an ‘up’ person.” Well said! I’m making the swap.
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“There is something unique about books. Our favorite books become very precious to us and we even develop with them an almost living and affectionate relationship. … So let me urge you to keep reading, and encourage your relatives and friends to do the same. For this is a much neglected means of grace.”
–John Stott, The Radical Disciple