On My Bedside Table

Wouldn't you just love to know what books are living on people's bedside tables?! Not only for good ideas for the next trip to Parnassus Bookshop but also because it would allow us a peak into their life! Usually what we are reading says a lot about who we are,

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Simple Life. Grand Soul.

I was introduced to Wendell Berry, the Southern farmer, poet, prophet, minister and saint by my friend Tallu. She read one of his poems in church years ago. It was such a gift to me. Like Thomas Merton, Berry's words are like illumined arrows that hit the bullseye of my

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It’s on the tip of my tongue!

  What's happened to me? A fog has descended over my brain. I used to pride myself on my memory. I didn't forget a name, a face, or a phone number! Five years ago, if you had asked me the lead actress in the movie Circle of Friends, I would have

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Thank you Bacon on The Bookshelf!

I cannot thank Jennifer Puryear and her fabulous blog, Bacon on the Bookshelf enough for writing such a generous review of my recent book, The Angel and the Raven! I highly recommend you checking out her blog for smart book reviews especially as Summer beach reading is upon us! http://bacononthebookshelf.wordpress.com  Savory picks for the free range reader Easter

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A Prayer Journal

  If you are a fan of the great Southern author Flannery O'Connor and even if you aren't, you will relish the recently published book, The Prayer Journal. It is an exquisite collection of O'Connor's private prayers to God. Flannery O'Connor died tragically at the young age of 39 from Lupos, but

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Parenting Check-In

Most days I parent by the seat of my pants. After one of my many parenting blunders, my mom was quick to say, "you can make mistakes and you will, many, just make sure your kids always know you love them." I find the loving part comes natural, it's the

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Back to School Inspiration!

It's all about "Back to School" at the Mason household! We have new backpacks, new tennis shoes, new pencils, pens, and erasers to rival every color of the rainbow, and even new haircuts to boot! But better than anything, we all know around here that "Back to School" means a

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My Summer Book Bag!

Here is a motley crew of book suggestions for your Summer reading pleasure! I have spent some luxurious summer hours perusing Indigo Books on Kiawah Island and Parnassus Books here in Nashville to find this eclectic mix of books to take out West with me next week! Maybe one of

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The Eagle and Child

If the French poets, theologues, and artists were becoming "enlightened" in a Grand Dame's salon or cozied up in a Parisian Cafe on the Boulevard Saint Germain, you could surely find the English, pint of ale in hand, matching wits at pubs like the "The Eagle and Child" in Oxford.

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Le Salon

Recently, I have been reading a novel about the life of the American novelist, Edith Wharton. The story opens with Wharton "wintering" in Paris. She is invited by the Comtesse de Noailles to attend her salon alongside Henry James and other well-known figures of the day. The French salon has quite

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