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Good Intentions Are Not Enough

By Well-Read Mom | January 7, 2021 |

January 7, 2021Year of the Sister How many times have I made my list of resolutions with some gusto on New Year’s day, only to forget what they were by the end of the month?  Good intentions are not enough.  They need to transition into a plan. Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan,…

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Merry Christmas

By Well-Read Mom | December 31, 2020 |

December 31, 2020Year of the Sister The beautiful chaos of the Christmas season should be mostly over. Now is the time to sit back and relax in the glow of the tree lights while soaking in the refreshing peace that comes from enjoying a good book. The ground here in Minnesota is covered with a…

The Way of Perfection: A reflection by a Cloistered Dominican Nun

By Well-Read Mom | December 17, 2020 |

December 17, 2020Year of the Sister We may wince at the prospect of growing in humility—but we so enjoy the company of humble persons. Isn’t this one of the reasons why St. Teresa of Avila is so delightful? She has no pretenses and disarms the reader with her simplicity and candor. She may have been…

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Pssst. I have a little secret.

By Well-Read Mom | December 10, 2020 |

Pssst…I have a little secret. By Nicole Bugnack I have a little secret. I don’t particularly like reading Well-Read Mom’s spiritual reads.  You see, I find reading them incredibly difficult. I desire to have read them (note the past tense), but the amount of discipline it takes to immerse myself in these books is challenging.…

The Eternal Effect of a Rembrandt—A Reflection by Teri Severson

By Well-Read Mom | April 14, 2020 |

April 14, 2020Year of the Artist   RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON BY REMBRANDT      Does art have a message for the onlooker? Does it have a goal or a possible meaning behind it for the observer? Artist Francis Bacon stated “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”  In Henri Nouwen’s…

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Making Life More Meaningful by Danielle Wiener

By Well-Read Mom | February 7, 2020 |

February 7, 2020Year of the Artist Here is a link to the original article. As an avid reader, I’ve always felt both curious and suspicious of book clubs. The idea of getting together with other book lovers and discussing our mutual interest was intriguing, but that would require me to read a book chosen by…

The First Christmas: A New Children’s Book by Thomas Williams, illustrated by Frank Fraser

By Well-Read Mom | November 11, 2019 |

November 11, 2019Year of the Artist As I showed my young son the animated film of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas last December — a childhood favorite of mine featuring the splendid narration of Boris Karloff — I came to the disturbing realization that our most memorable Christmas poetry in the English language…

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Who We Are & The Stories We’re In by Julia Harrell

By Well-Read Mom | October 4, 2019 |

October 4, 2019Year of the Pilgrim I’ve been a member of a Well-Read Mom group outside Washington, DC for three years. During that time, I’ve discovered some new gems and reread some old favorites. I was thrilled when The Power and The Glory, one of my all-time favorite novels, was on the Well-Read Mom list last…

Saved by the Well-Read Mom book club

By Well-Read Mom | April 10, 2019 |

April 10, 2019Year of the Contemplative by Maggie Kosloski (This article originally appeared on on November 17, 2016. ) Having small children at home doesn’t mean busy mothers can’t indulge their love of reading and desire for conversation and friendship. Reading has been a singular and great joy in my life. I was lucky…