A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

Great Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

I recently finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, which I wouldn’t say I loved but am still glad I read. There’s definitely a lot of food … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

Cozy Book Talk (“Mind Cleanup”)

  When snow and chilly temperatures descend on us, pleasures such as books and colorful art can keep our spirits warm and cozy. I’m overdue for another “mind cleanup” post on … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

Living Is More Important than Writing

I’ve been reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, and the other morning I read this passage that resonated with me: “Casting aside other things, hold to the precious few; and besides … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · 4 Comments

Mind Cleanup (Books Read Lately)

  I’m finally sitting down to do a “mind cleanup” post about what I’ve been reading and writing lately…which is not enough, I feel! Life has been busy these past several months, with the … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · 5 Comments

Delighting in Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Bleak House by Charles Dickens is no bleak book! I am having so much fun reading it. Just now I snorted in my office because I was trying to keep … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 4 Comments

Winter Mind Cleanup

I’m overdue for another “mind cleanup” post about what I’ve been reading and writing lately. I’m going to add the categories of listening and viewing as well (just the highlights). … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · 9 Comments

Setting Us Free: The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris

I just finished this book and highly recommend it. It took me a long time to read, because, as with most of my nonfiction reading, I read just a little … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book Battle: All Joy and No Fun vs. Bringing Up Bébé

The contenders: All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior and Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · 5 Comments

December Mind Cleanup

I’ve continued being a bit of a recluse lately, reading books and audiobooks rather than blogs and articles. Maybe I should be more in touch with the world around me … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · 4 Comments

Learning about the Cycle of Hunger, Poverty, and Overpopulation

  One Way I’ve Been Learning Lately For the past few years, while working full-time and writing whenever I can, I’ve taken online courses one at a time from West … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 15 Comments

November Mind Cleanup, Blog Business, & Thanksgiving

It’s been a busy month for me, so I haven’t blogged much. But here’s what’s been going on in my reading and writing life. Reading I got to read some … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · 5 Comments

October Mind Cleanup

I don’t have much “mind cleanup” to do for October, because in the earlier part of the month my brain was laid low by a cold (during which time I … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · 1 Comment