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

Bookworm Gifts & Stocking Stuffers that Give Back

I’ve still been too busy for a real post, but here are two more quick recommendations for your holiday gift shopping. I read about both of these in a magazine … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Beautiful Holiday Cards & Gifts for a Good Cause (UNICEF)

I just discovered that UNICEF sells gorgeous holiday cards (as well as box sets of birthday cards and blank greeting cards) and also all kinds of global-inspired gifts, many of them … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · 4 Comments

A Cute Exchange about Feminism from Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

  I just love how Agatha Christie always has so much fun with her characters, as well as with her famous plots. There are all kinds of little gems tucked … Continue reading

July 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Calming My Control Monster and Living in the Present

This morning I happened upon some lovely words that spoke right to my heart. Don’t you love it when that happens? As I wrote about recently (and other times too), I’ve been trying … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

“There Is Only One Comment Card that I Pay Attention To”

  Last night I did something unusual: I used our cable box’s DVR feature to rewind a TV show so that I could record a speech made by a character on … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Sunday Literary Quote

  I used to do “Sunday Short Quote” posts; maybe I’ll start doing “Sunday Literary Quotes.” We’ll see. At any rate, it’s Sunday today, and here is a quote for … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · 2 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

Simple Truth: Short Quote & Fall Photo

“For she had come to feel that it was the only thing worth saying—what one felt. Cleverness was silly. One must simply say what one felt.” Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought-provoking Quotes from The Grapes of Wrath

As I mentioned in my last post, I just read The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck for the first time. I loved it! It’s beautifully written, both on the … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 4 Comments

Inspirational Quote: “I Don’t Believe in Failure…”

It’s Monday, which means a lot of us could use some inspiration. So here’s an inspiring quote from another great YA novel I read this summer: “I don’t believe in … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote: Choosing Love Every Day

Having been married for almost a year and a half now, I appreciate and identify with the sentiment of this quote from Allegiant by Veronica Roth: “I fell in love … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · 2 Comments