Author Archives: jzbrence

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (2015) Q.  What is creativity? A.  The relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration. When people hear that I’m a blogger, they often ask how I come up … Continue reading

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What Moms Do

Have you seen the latest “It’s What You Do” commercial from Geico?  The beginning looks like something out of a James Bond movie, with a gang of villains chasing a handsome agent through an industrial landscape.  Just as the leading … Continue reading

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Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (2015) Rarely has a book been as highly anticipated as Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman.  The discovery of a long-lost manuscript by the author of the beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird … Continue reading

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Checking Out at the Grocery Store

When it comes to grocery shopping, there’s absolutely no limit to the things I can forget.  Every week, I start with the best of intentions – detailed list in hand, reusable bags at the ready – but as soon as … Continue reading

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Dads Who Go The Distance

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (2013)       Us by David Nicholls (2014)       Father’s Day is the perfect time to highlight two noteworthy books featuring particularly intrepid dads.  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of … Continue reading

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The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (2013) “Where is the spiritual value of rowing?…The losing of self entirely to the cooperative effort of the crew as a whole.”   George Yeoman Pocock Once in a while, a … Continue reading

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Positive Energy

Last Sunday, I hit the pavement along with nearly 8,000 other runners for the 8th Annual Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The day was unseasonably warm and humid, which set the stage for a slow, sweaty slog … Continue reading

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