Turquoise Table

“The Turquoise Table isn’t about entertainment. Or a big party. It’s based on Romans 12:13 which says, ‘take every opportunity to open your life and home to others.’” – Kristin Schell Four years ago, Kristin Schell attended a conference on living out the gospel in community. Frazzled, feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, and generally world weary,…

Diane’s 2017 Reading Log

Diane’s 2017 Reading Log A Part of our 2017 Reading Stack Series Current Reads: Emily Climbs – L.M. Montgomery Emily’s Quest – L.M. Montgomery On Duties – Cicero, published by Roman Roads Media In Defense of Sanity – G.K. Chesterton Keep A Quiet Heart – Elisabeth Elliot The 13 Clocks – James Thurber The Wonderful…

2017 Reading Stack

As moderators of PPPS: Potato Peel Pie Book Community, Kathy, Jennifer, Diane and I get to read a lot of interesting books. In this article we talked about how Jennifer and I share our reading. Every month in Potato Peel Pie we post a “Current Reads Stack” and loads of members post pictures of their…

Kilmeny of the Orchard

L.M. Montgomery’s Kilmeny of the Orchard is a stand-alone short novel published two years after Anne of Green Gables.  Try as I might, I couldn’t help comparing the two as I read Kilmeny.  Is this from the same pen from which Anne flowed into the hearts of thousands of girls around the world? “Eric Marshall,…

The Fiddler’s Gun

The thing that this classics-lover continues to most appreciate about Rabbit Room authors is how echoes of the great classics sound in new and vibrant stories from contemporary authors. As a reader, I am so pleased to have new and worthy stories to love. As a Christian living in the modern world, I am grateful…

Billy and Blaze

I have a cowboy kid. You know, a little guy who loves horses, dreams of living on a cattle ranch, and who believes that the wild untamed West is still out there, waiting for him to put on his boots and spurs so he can saddle up to that special kind of man’s work. I…

All of a Kind Family

I didn’t read Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family until I was homeschooling my children.  My first thought was, “Why didn’t I know about this sweet story when I was a child?”  The first book in the series was published in 1951.  June Cummins, who wrote the foreward for a 2014 edition of More All-of-a-Kind Family, says…

Emily of New Moon

Besides loving L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables because it’s a great story with a timelessly loveable heroine, it is special to me because it is one of the few books my mom introduced me to that she had loved when she was young. Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon is special to me because…

Understood Betsy

In 1899 Dorothy Canfield received a B.A. from Ohio State University, then went on to receive a Ph.D. in Romance languages from University of Paris and Columbia University. At a time when women rarely attended college, Canfield was distinguishing herself as a serious academic. In addition to her college and graduate school degrees, she received…

Harold and the Purple Crayon

“Wow,” you’re thinking, “she’s really going deep with this one!”  Well, laugh all you want, but Harold is one of my favorite characters, and it pains me that there are so many folks out there who have never even heard of him.  I will fix that right now! Harold has been around since before I…