what i'm into :: march 2015.

What a month: packing, sorting and moving.  Birthdays and BBQs and sunshine and newness – All the New, All the Time.  So, even though I opted out of “What I’m Into” last month, I’m linking up with the lovely Leigh Kramer for this month’s edition.  Join the fun!  

First things first, we hopped on a plane and flew to Oregon, my home state, at the end of February for some good old-fashioned family fun.  The cousins enjoyed hours of entertainment with the Best Reader in the Land, otherwise known as (Lady) Gaga:

IMG_4582And Cancan enjoyed soup and tea, Hook-style, with Papa:

IMG_4603(If you’re ever in Salem, Oregon, do pay a visit to the Gilbert House Children’s Museum – it’s epic!)

We ate soul-numbing food, and saw dear friends of the heart, like this woman…

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And the Friday we were up there, I got to speak to a group of a hundred or so college women on a topic I’m most passionate about: Empowering Women in the Church!

11012624_10153122784109709_4700179412017464234_nNeed a speaker for an upcoming event, retreat, or Sunday morning?  I’d love to see if my words and style might be a good fit for you …and I’m excited for some upcoming speaking events this month!

Otherwise, including February’s picks, I read a few books…

A Letter to My Congregation (Wilson, 5/5) – Our church made recent headlines …and along with Jesus, we have this beautiful book to blame for All This Inclusion.

Into That Forest (Nowra, 2/5) – Two girls.  Two tigers. Four years.  I get it, but no.

Oriented to Faith (Otto, 4/5) – You can’t argue with someone’s story.

Just Mercy (Stevenson, 5/5) – I mean, wow.  A must-read for anyone passionate about issues of racial reconciliation and prison reform in America.

Small Victories (Lamott, 5/5) – Annie, bringing it home again (and this, the first book of hers I’ve loved in a while).

Travelling to Infinity (Hawking, 3/5) – Our book club pick of the month for March, it really wasn’t my favorite.  Stick to singing, Jane.

The Burgess Boys (Strout, 3/5) – Loved Olive Kitteridge, meh on this family saga.

Speaking Christian (Borg, 4/5) – Borg teaches me to look past the literal, into the metaphorical.  I don’t have to agree with everything he writes to love his mind.

Everything That Rises Must Converge (O’Connor, 3/5) – Is it bad to desire just a dash of Disney at the end of a Flannery O’Connor story?  (For the love of my Seven-self).

Small Talk (Becker, 5/5) – Yes, yes, yes!  If you’re a parent of small children, practicing the Christian faith, please pick up this gem.

The Spectacular Now (Tharp, 4/5) – another hard-but-good YA read.

Light Upon Light (Arthur, 5/5) – As I’ve said time and time again, I can’t recommend Sarah Arthur’s compilation of Advent and Epiphany readings more.

Food: A Love Story (Gaffigan, 4/5) – Food: ha ha!  Food: funny!  Food: let’s all be eaties togethers.

Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe (Lane, 5/5) – Another yes, yes, yes.  Erin S. Lane is a delightfully witty and intelligent discoverer of truth.  And I, for one, am a huge fan of her writing.

And I’m currently reading…

Searching for Sunday; I’ll Give You the Sun; The Paying Guests and Lila.  

Tonite we’ll put the boys to bed early, and bust out an at-home celebration for this guy (even though we did get to do a pre-birthday date last night, living it up at this more-than delectable spot):


I’m staring at the boob-tube…

And just finished season five of Parenthood, folks, which can only mean one thing: More Tears.  There is only one more season of this heart-palpitating show, and it’s probably healthy that it’s not available on Netflix quite yet …otherwise, I’d be binge-watching over the course of the next 48 hours.

And I’m writing…

I’ve had a few pieces featured on The Gift of Writing, like this and this, and I have a couple of articles featured elsewhere that you’ll see in the next month or so.  Otherwise, I continue to query and wait and call myself Writer, hoping and trusting and leaning into the now.

And just in case you need to Let it Go, watch this…


We are all this mom.

Posted by What The Flicka? on Saturday, February 21, 2015

If nothing else, might you know that you are not alone.

So, that’s about it. What about you? What have you been up to, and what have you been reading and celebrating and eating and writing?  Join in the conversation, and leave a comment below!

12 thoughts on “what i'm into :: march 2015.

    1. Yup – pretty big news on the evangelical church front, that’s for sure. But it has been SUCH good reading. I’ll have to see what you’re reading?!

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com


    1. Mary, it happened pretty fast, but we just moved over to Oakland. Started looking in December, in order that we might negate the 2.5 hour daily commute and move closer to James’ work – and it just happened a week and a half ago. So, we’re in the throws of All the New now. And UGH. It’s not NYC, but as you can probably guess, moving across the bridge is going to be a big transition. Appreciate your prayers. xo.

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com


  1. I’m with you on Just Mercy. I mean wow, right?!? I’m thinking of joining in on the discussion at the Red Couch this month, just so I can talk about this book.

  2. Glad you got to spend time in OR! Love hearing all your bookish thoughts. Those are hiiiiigh hopes for Flannery. That’s also why I never read her. (And as a Four, I should totally be all about her writing. But no.)

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