“I’ve known thin places all my life, but I didn’t have the language for them until I took a trip to Ireland a few years back… Thin places are transparent places or moments, set apart by the quality of the sunlight in them, or the shadows, or the silence, or the sounds—see how many variations… Continue Reading The Kiss
“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to… Continue Reading Stone by Stone
We always love to hear from readers, and this little note is no exception: “I was catching up on Golden Hours today and I was inspired by Lanier writing about her mom having tea with her and her sister everyday. So I had tea with the girls when they got home from school. It was… Continue Reading The Problem with Blogging
Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return. You know it’s time for a change when your kid corrects you. It was during family dinnertime, when I was waxing sarcastic about a woman we know who posted on social media daily photos of sunsets and rainbows and dolphins, along with encouraging (but… Continue Reading Why I Gave Up Snark for Lent
Dear Lanier, It was terribly clever of you to type up an agenda for our little writers’ luncheon yesterday. Without it, I fear we would have held court for even longer than the three hours we occupied our corner of the café. (Although it wasn’t so much our corner, was it? Seeing as despite the… Continue Reading Dear Lanier—Writers’ Luncheon
“There is nothing that makes me happier than sitting around the dinner table and talking until the candles are burned down.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet As you’ve likely gathered, the content in this small corner of the web is unapologetically old-fashioned. A new-fashioned concept—at least to those of us outside Scandinavia—is… Continue Reading How Are You Hygge-ing?
A proper piece of poetry should stand on its own—no poem worth its salt should require a backstory. But I don’t claim to be a poet, so here it is: I am reeling from a recent rejection. I talk a big talk about dusting myself off and try, try, trying again. And again. About how the… Continue Reading Last Girl Standing, A Poem (Plus Backstory)
We have a give-away winner! Misty Krasawski, a pristine copy of Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking On Water is headed your way! Thanks to all of you for your comments, encouragements, warm wishes–and for helping spread the word about Golden Hours. Lanier and I have loved working on Golden Hours–from Advent to Epiphany–and we toasted GH last… Continue Reading We Have a Winner! And Cheers to ALL of You…
It’s the glad New Year, and folks are rethinking and regrouping and re-everything-ing. I promised a post on how to re-enchant your life. Alas, I’m not going to be able to deliver. But we are offering another book give-away! (See details at the end of this post.) So I sat down to write this and… Continue Reading Happy New Year, How I Re-Enchanted My Life, and a Golden Hours Give-Away!
Laura’s disclaimer: I feel like a hypocrite posting this today, of all days–as we undecorated our tree and laid her to rest in the woods, next to the previous years’ Fraser fir carcasses. (RIP Gloria and Holly and Ivy and Carol…) Actually, my sweet husband tackled the project while I slept in (I haven’t been feeling well… Continue Reading (Self-Talk) Seven Ways to Get Over the Post-Christmas Thud
Writing for Golden Hours has been pure gift for Lanier and me—and we’re not finished yet. In fact, I have a notion that during these days after the twenty-fifth, continued ruminating and reminiscing will be just what the doctor ordered. Lanier excels at keeping the twelve days—I don’t do as well. I start to get… Continue Reading Christmas Stories to Read Out Loud–And a Mulled Cider Recipe
Warning: This post contains content not suitable for kiddos. It’s rated G, but it’s not (red) SUITable, if you get my drift… If I’m a Christmas princess, my mother, Louise Protzmann Krainer, is the Christmas queen. (You’re about to see that I come by my Christmas-love honestly.) Both German and Czechoslovakian, Mom’s family in… Continue Reading Yesteryear’s Christmas–All in the Family
note from Laura: Hi, lovelies. Some shameless favor asking today. A version of this piece appeared on The Mighty last night. If you’re not familiar, The Mighty is sort of like the Huffington Post but with a positive spin–its tagline is “We face disability, disease and mental illness together.” If you’re so inclined, would you… Continue Reading A Catch As Catch Can Christmas
There’s nothing like stringing cranberries (or laying splayed out on the couch) in front of a crackling fire and a good Christmas movie. (The Bad Christmas Movie seems to be a genre all its own. Jingle All the Way and its sequel. Really?) And then there are the worthy classics, but you can only watch… Continue Reading Five Good but Lesser Known Christmas Movies (And One Great One)
I’m hiding in my room today, thanks to a wicked case of poison ivy made worse when I “eat fire,” Luke’s word for where I sit when I’m in the den–so close to the hissing flames my back turns bright crimson and I thirst for a gallon of water. Back here, propped up against a… Continue Reading On Crying After a Party, Chocolate Peppermint Cake, and Lovely Links (With Lanier’s Advent Poem!)