For my third trick, I would like to point my actual registered domain name at my new blog. Now you can reach me at www.sjstowe.com -- even though it took me several emails back and forth with my super-cool tech friend in Grand Rapids to figure out how to do this, and he had to do all the hard work first. Thanks, Ben!
The first book I finished in my 100-book marathon for the year was "Have a Little Faith" by Mitch Albom. (I'm going to warn you right up front that I'm not going to be reading 100 thousand-page epics by Stephen King, and I might have to add a Little Golden Book in the mix now and then, but I'll do my best to stay true to my own goal.) Mitch Albom's books aren't long, and they're never a difficult read. They do, however, contain little nuggets of life's truths from time to time. Sometimes sappy, but sometimes profound and beautiful. I liked this better than "For One More Day" and "Tuesdays with Morrie". It was very "Morrie-esque" in its demeanor, but chronicled the lives of two men of faith, albeit different faiths. I'm not planning to give away much, if anything, about the books I read -- just whether I liked them or not and if anything really struck me. I liked this one. Nothing in particular struck me. But it was a nice read and I enjoyed it while it lasted.
Usually I read more than one book at the same time. Something fictional and something in the non-fiction, or "self-help" realm. Since my "conversion" in 2004, I've been reading quite a few Christian living manuals. Not that I think there's some incredible new way of living that I've never discovered, I just want to see if there are bits and pieces of something better that I can incorporate into my daily routine of family life. Right now I'm reading "A Marriage Without Regrets" by Kay Arthur. It's pretty informative and she really puts a lot of herself into it, which is admirable.
I've also just begun to read the latest Dan Brown novel, "The Lost Symbol". I might pick up a third book on CD at the library this week so I have something to do during my commute to and from work each day. (I might listen to it on the way TO work, but on the way home I usually like to vegetate while listening to Sirius radio 22, Alternative Classics on First Wave. And I usually call my mom, my little sister, or Heather!)
I stayed in today and didn't go to church, but I still went to church. We downloaded last weekend's service on my husband's computer and watched it -- it was fantastic. Something everyone, Christian or not, should watch. Much of it is about forgiveness, and Dr. Bob words some things so beautifully they can't help but to make sense.
So watch it. (Please!?)
Last of all, the break is over, school and rehearsals are starting up again tomorrow, and I'll have a limited time to work on this goal of mine, but I'm committed to fulfilling it regardless of the hours I work, the nights of rehearsal for the next several months, the three kids, the two dogs, and the partridge in the pear tree.
Have a beautiful Sunday night. Don't look too closely, but Monday's just around the corner!