{Today's Letters}

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Dear Mr. Loerke, last week I had a student tell me he couldn't focus unless he had a clean work environment so I let him sweep the floor. I love my job. Dear Hillbilly Tea, five bonus points for presentation. My roasted cauliflower and hazelnut soup was just as amazing as the antique silver spoon and wooden plank it was served on. Dear The One and Only Ivan, I never expected to learn so much from a baby elephant, gorilla, and stray dog. Thanks for being one of the best books on friendship I've ever read. Dear Timothy James, yesterday I found myself getting just as excited about our new washer and dryer as I did my first banana seat bicycle. I am. old.

Happy Wednesday, brave ones! What good books have you been reading lately?

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Eden by Keary Taylor, Prison Nation by Jenni Merrit, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, and A game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin.

Val Reaves said...

Amid all the books that come and go, my daily go to is God's word...a chapter a day, from Genesis through Revelation, read slowly, thoughtfully and out loud...it has made a world of difference in my life...
Val in Kansas

Nan said...

thanks for the inspiration. i have a dozen or so antique spoons. why not use them instead of just admiring them?

brlracincwgrl said...

You're always an inspiration. I've been searching for a good book lately, it's been a while!

Robyn said...

sounds like a great read-at the moment I am rereading I dream of Africa-one of my favourite books.

Anonymous said...

Authentic Relationships. It is based off the command to love one another and goes much deeper into the meaning, such a fantastic book!

colleen said...

The Empty Pot is one of my fav childrens books. I get teared up at the end :) luv ur blog Em!

Tanzi said...

Searching for God Know What by Donald Miller as well as the book Perelandra by CS Lewis. Such good ones!!!

Ayla Tanercan said...

same kind of different as me!

such a great portrayal of what a blessing we can be to others. great example to live by! its a must read! just started following your blog after finding you through a well traveled woman! you gals are quite the inspiration!! love your spirits and willingness to share your lives so honestly!!!!

Abigail Black said...

Your posts are the ones I enjoy reading the most-- out of all the blogs I follow! Keep them coming!

Right now, I'm reading Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio. It's amazingly good! I highly recommend it. It's set in rural Kentucky in the 1950s.

kelley said...

hi em! I've followed your blog for a little while now, and I love how you seek after the beautiful in the everyday. I've actually been reading a book lately called "Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring" by Andi Ashworth, and I actually think you'd really enjoy it. her and her husband began something called The Art House, which is based in Nashville and has hosted people such as Sandra McCracken and I think maybe even Wendell Berry? anyways, check out her book: http://tinyurl.com/avwvx7c

happy wednesday! :)

-kel

Chelsea said...

I'm in the middle of Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan. It's been strange to say the least but I can't put it down!

Laura said...

I'm reading Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore -- partway in and can't wait to see how it continues to spool out. (And there is a picture of me posing proudly before our washer & dryer -- our first ones -- when we bought our house, so no judgment here!!!)

Ashley G. said...

So many good books! The Poisonwood Bible (one of my faves) and Rules- by Cynthia Lord.

I can't wait to read "The One and Only Ivan". My goal is to read all Newbery Award winners. I'm down to 5 left!

Margaret said...

Prodigal God by Tim Keller-- So good!

turnerbethany said...

I just finished Life of Pi and Beyond Ordinary! Highly recommend both.

Twinner said...

wild.

pct magic*

currently, the monks of new skeet: the art of raising a puppy!

pup magic*

ps. love you more than snapple lemonade and being able to hear on day 20.

xo, twinny

Mary said...

My husband an I are reading through 7, by Jen Hatmaker. We're on the brink of a move and are thinking about our stuff a lot anyway, so 7 has fostered good conversations and work in our hearts!

Dana said...

Reckless Faith by Kevin Harney...good stuff! Also, my littlest little is reading me Captain Underpants and The Ultimate Weird But True (for the gazillionth time) : ).

Hillienc said...

Wild.
As soon as I could get my hands on it from Twin-Star

Into the Wild.
There might be an adventure afoot.

Work Happy (What Great Bosses Know)
It is a great management book written by Jill Geisler a very intellectually and emotionally intelligent author. Even if you are not the boss or manager it simply shows how any work environment could be better.

What a gift to read!
Happy Wednesday.
Hillie

Hannah Crain said...

Lately:

I Like You. (a cute book i picked up for my hubs at Anthropologie)

A Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Heidi Grace Bush said...

Currently reading 5 books (overachiever much) but the 2 that stand out are Take This Bread by Sara Miles (2nd read of this, it's that good) and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

Katherine Kelly said...

I love Hillbilly Tea in Louisville. I spent a year and a half traveling to your lovely city every week for work. Although work wasn't awesome, I certainly LOVE your city and the people in it. And Rocky Mountain Chai from Hillbilly. :)

Thanks for sharing.

marykateward said...

things i want my daughters to know by Elizabeth Noble. My inspiring and amazing sister handed this book to me over Christmas, I tried to tell her that I was reading several books and she would not take no for an answer. I have not been able to stop reading it. I have laughed, cried and had every emotion in between.

Anonymous said...

' I found myself getting just as excited about our new washer and dryer as I did my first banana seat bicycle. I am. old.'

That is AWESOME... made me laugh out loud! Totally could feel the same! I am. old. too.!

Reading "Das Lächeln der Fortuna" by Rebecca Gablé (couldn't find the english title, but should be the Waringham Trilogie Part !1) and have the Steve Jobs Biography waiting.

:) Katharina

Jules P said...

I just wanted to let you know-I found your blog through Pinterest. I'm in love! It inspired me to create my own as well. :) I look forward to reading your future posts! :)

http://thejumodiaries.blogspot.com/

Katherine said...

Radical by David Platt. It's changing everything, it's so good.

Just wanted you to know, I'm in a long distance relationship with the most amazing man and your advice has been so good for us becoming better communicators with one another. Thank you so much! You inspire me to find the beauty in creation every day!

Part-time Existentialist said...

"Tiger Lily" by Jodi Lynn Anderson. The dedication is "For the girls with messy hair and thirsty hearts" I knew I had to read it after that first line!

Anonymous said...

What is your new job?
Taylor in Illinois

Today's Letters said...

taylor, i just started substitute teaching. prior to moving to ky i was on staff at my church for 8 years.

Today's Letters said...

thanks for all of the book recs! i can't wait to dive into some of these. xoxo

A.Gage said...

I teach at a Montessori school in Madison, WI. I read The One and Only Ivan with my students this year. It was so beautiful to watch a group of 6-9 year olds listen and share their ideas about friendship and love. Thank you for the recommendation!

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