Book Review: The True Bride and the Shoemaker

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Title: The True Bride and the Shoemaker
Author: L. Palmer
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Pippington Tales, Volume 1

A few weeks ago I had the joy of reading a book by another blogger, the awesome L. Palmer. I read True Bride partially because a blogger I follow wrote it, but also because I’m a total sucker for adapting well-known tales. So here we go!

Plot Summary

I usually write my own plot summaries, but it’s my least favorite thing to do, so:

“There is magic in the streets of Pippington, but most people are too busy to notice.

Shoemaker Peter Talbot needs a little magic. Cheap, factory made, shoes are putting him out of business, his nagging sisters will never let him rest, and his efforts to find true love are constantly thwarted by Continue reading

Quotes From My Notes #2

There is no love; there are only proofs of love. –Pierre Reverdy

Quotes From My Notes is a running feature where I share quotes that resonate with me or make me think. Feel free to share your own quotes or reactions in the comments! This quote, for example, tends to cause very strong responses; what do you think?

Quotes from my Notes


img-rivers-mountainriver-russiaI tend to collect quotes in random places (especially a massive collection of notes on my desktop), so I’m going to start sharing those quotes with you all. Feel free to discuss and share quotes of your own! Enjoy.

If you pour a handful of salt into a cup of water, the water becomes undrinkable. But if you pour the salt into a river, people can continue to draw the water to cook, wash, and drink. The river is immense, and it has the capacity to receive, embrace, and transform. When our hearts are small, our understanding and compassion are limited, and we suffer. We can’t accept or tolerate others and their shortcomings, and we demand that they change. But when our hearts expand, these same things don’t make us suffer anymore. We have a lot of understanding and compassion and can embrace others. We accept others as they are, and then they have a chance to transform. –Thich Nhat Hanh

Book Review: The Vow

Yes, The Channing Tatum, Valentine’s Day Tearjerker Vow. Please don’t stop reading.

The Vow film was based on the true story of Kim & Krickitt Carpenter, who told their story in a book titled “The Vow.” The plot doesn’t really have much suspense, so I don’t feel that my review really includes spoilers, but if you’re super careful about such things, skip this review. Continue reading

Unexpected Bliss

In 3rd grade, my family moved to a new homeschool group. It wasn’t very big, but there was one family with two boys who were close to my age. One was a year and a half older than me, the other a year younger. Slowly but surely, our families became closer and closer. We went on field trips together. Had art classes together. Played tennis together. They joined our church. At some point, inevitably, I developed a crush on the older boy. Continue reading

Romance vs. Reality: Facebook

Do you ever wish you could give people a reality check? Really high on my list of said people would be Facebook couples. You know the ones I’m talking about. So, things I would tell them, if I could.

1. Literally no one cares about the 67 billion nearly identical and/or “cool” couple photos you post. Except maybe your mother/grandmother.

2. Nobody wants to read daily mushy statuses. We get it. You’re “happy”. You have a girlfriend/boyfriend. Now please shut up and stop telling us.

3. Private messages. Text messages. Email. Phone calls. There are a million other ways to tell them any of those things you posted on your significant other’s wall. Ways that will not trigger my vomit reflex.

4. Speaking of posts on walls – if you insist on posting about your separation anxiety (for the 50 minutes your bf/gf is in class), I will judge you. Not sorry.

5. If you insist on posting about your separation anxiety over the summer, I will laugh scornfully at your pain and refer you to my friends whose spouses are on duty overseas.

There it is. 5 things I would tell Facebook couples if I could. In case you’re wondering, this is not single bitterness either – I am happy in a relationship and I choose not to sicken my Facebook friends with it. And yes, I realize that I can hide/unfriend them and I do take those steps. But don’t you ever just want to tell people how it is???

/End rant. What do you guys think about relationships and social media? I barely scratched the surface here!

Romance and Reality

Let’s talk about love. I’ve avoided this subject on my blog for a few reasons. 1. I am happy in a committed relationship and I don’t want to flood you all with my gushing about that. 2. I am still very young to offer any kind of authoritative opinion on love. Let’s be honest – I might think I know what love is about, but I’m still in college. I really am just now learning. However, I do want to toss out some of my observations, both from my relationships and other people’s.

First, read closer than you think. That short post describes a major concept to me. Romance and love are not the same thing. I’ve seen too many girls wishing for a guy who will bring them flowers every day and sweep them off their feet with romantic gestures. Romantic films perpetuate this unrealistic desire. Romance is defined as: A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. Not love. Feelings related to love. Too much emphasis on the excitement and mystery undermines the foundation of a relationship.

I would not say that I’ve ever dated a guy who is overly romantic. I’m like any girl – I love being surprised and swept off my feet. But I also appreciate love. Without the mystery. And that’s what I want to talk about here.

I’ve found that the moments I appreciate most are the simple ones. The ones when I know that it’s not the excitement or mystery driving his actions. I know that it is love, unforced and rational (as it can be, at least). It’s there when he asks about the things I care about. When he thinks I’m beautiful, even though I’m sweaty and just downright nasty from exercising. When he is patient with my ridiculous moods. When he knows to just hold me. When he never complains about me being distracted by school. Or that I was too busy to call him for three days. He doesn’t complain that I spent an evening with my friends. He shares what he loves with me. He never holds back. He always tells me the truth. He doesn’t complain that I moved 400 miles away for the next 4 years to pursue my education.

That is all so much more important to me than flowers or chocolate (nice as they are). That is what will last for another 50 years, even if his gorgeous hair and addicting smile don’t. Hollywood movies: stop giving us expectations about all the romantic things our guy has to do. None of our relationships are going to look like that one. Let us appreciate the ones we love for who they are and the way they love us, even if that doesn’t always include flowers and chocolate.

(Next in my series on relationships: couples and facebook. Come prepared for a rant.)