Year End Update

Time for a year-end update - we were pretty ambitious in last year's resolutions. For instance, this was going to be the year in which Ben made a pie a month. That did not happen. He got behind in January and never caught up. I, on the other hand, made six pies, even though I did not have any pie-related resolutions. But I can't rib Ben too much; I was going to do a photo-a-week, and that petered out in March or so. Hmm. Elizabeth did a 365 +1 in 2008, and Marie is present finishing up her 2009 365. It would appear that it is my turn to take a photo a day, every day. Gulp. I don't do so well with resolutions, and 2010 is shaping up to be a humdinger of a year. I'm not making any promises.

On the book front - books I've read, not the book I'm writing - I did a final tally the other day. After reading almost 50 books in 2008, the loss of all those lovely nursing hours left me at 29 for 2009. Maybe I'll finish In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice and make it an even 30 for the year. I do recommend it based on the 1/2 I've read so far.

There are 701 books on my GoodReads to-read list, but I'm only going to name ten I seriously intend to read in 2010 (I repeat: humdinger of a year).

1. I finally, finally want to finish Eugene Peterson's Christ Plays in 10,000 Places. It's such a rich book I can't seem to read more than a chapter a year.

2. Walking on Water: Reading, Writing, and Revolution by Derrick Jensen

3. Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffennegger

4. This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers, Lillian Daniel and Martin Copenhaver

5. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

6. Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor

7. Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America, Firoozeh Jazayeri Dumas

8. The Second Twilight Book, Whatever Her Name Is (did I mention 2010 is going to be a humdinger?)

9. The New Christians: Dispatches from The Emergent Frontier, Tony Jones

10. Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout

Here's to a happy 2010.

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