7 Quick Takes – over at Kelly’s place!

If you’re a blogger who’s going to link up to the 7 Quick Takes list, head over to Kelly’s place! I hope to get my own post up later, but Kelly is hosting the list. Have a great weekend!

Edel tickets go on sale today!

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I am thrilled to announce that tickets for the 2015 Edel Gathering go on sale this morning, Wednesday 11/18, at 11:00 AM ET! Here is the link to purchase tickets to Edel ’15! SELFIES When you get your ticket, you can print out this PDF for all your egregious #edel15 selfie needs. (Checking out all of the selfies for the last Edel was the highlight of my month. I have been looking forward to this part since the moment we decided to do Edel ’15!) . . . AUDIO ANNOUNCEMENTS I want to celebrate with an audio montage of people announcing... Read More

7 Quick Takes about (finally) being on Facebook, the GoodReads Choice Awards, and chatting with Jeannie Gaffigan

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— 1 — I am thrilled to announce that my book, Something Other than God, has made it to the semi-final round in the GoodReads Choice Awards! We are on round 2 of 3, and voting for this round ends tomorrow (Saturday). I am profoundly grateful for your votes in the first round. The book is one of only 15 chosen in the Memoir and Biography category, and is the only religious book on the list. It’s up against memoirs by celebrities like Rob Lowe, Robin Roberts, Cary Elwes, and Hillary Clinton. If you have a moment to go give it a... Read More

Edel 2015: Let’s do this!

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As I have traveled all over the country this year for my book tour, one of the most frequent questions I’ve gotten is: “What is up with that Edel Gathering thing?” People who heard about the event from friends of friends wanted to understand what was so different about this gathering, and I always struggled to explain it. Describing it as a “party” showed how fun it was, but it didn’t capture the palpable sense of camaraderie. Calling it a “conference” made it clear that we had quality speakers and... Read More

7 Quick Takes about co-hosting with Lino Rulli, cool book covers, and the best Halloween moments

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— 1 — Well, that was ridiculously fun. Lino Rulli came to Austin and I co-hosted his show with him all week. He tried homeschooling my kids; we talked to Abby Johnson about her crazy life as the activist mother of four kids (three of them under age three); we had a visit from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist; and we had girl talk with Heather Gardner and Leticia Adams, complete with a bottle of wine. Like I said: ridiculously fun. (The whole week of shows are available on demand if you’re a SiriusXM subscriber.... Read More

Now that you’re done voting for the important stuff…

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I just got the very exciting news that my book, Something Other than God, is one of only 15 titles nominated in the Best Memoir and Autobiography category in the 2014 GoodReads Choice Awards! If you’d like to give it a vote, I would be so appreciative and honored! . . . P.S. For those of you who were wondering how I’m managing to co-host Lino Rulli‘s show with him this week on top of being a homeschooling mother of six, here’s my secret: I outsourced the homeschooling duties to Lino. (And it was everything you might imagine... Read More

7 Quick Takes about last-minute Halloween costumes, a great new book for Fall, and popping the Dom on a Tuesday night

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— 1 — Yesterday I issued a “$10 and 10 Minutes” Halloween costume challenge on my new Facebook page! I asked people to give me suggestions for Halloween costumes that use no more than $10 in supplies (outside of normal household stuff) and take no more than 10 minutes to put together. I got a bunch of fabulous suggestions, which you can see here. Who knew being on Facebook could be this fun? — 2 — We had our pastor, Fr. Dean Wilhelm, over for dinner on Tuesday. We talked, laughed, got blessings for our house and... Read More

I’m finally on Facebook! (At least no one can say I rushed into this decision.)

After thinking about it for, oh, EIGHT YEARS, I’ve finally decided to get on Facebook. You can check out my page here, or like it by clicking the button below:     Technically the page has been up for a while, but it was just an auto-generated feed of my blog posts. Now that I have a radio show I found myself thinking, “I wish there were a way to chat with people that had the immediacy of Twitter but the ability to have longer discussions of blogging. Someone should invent something like that!” It finally dawned on... Read More

7 Quick Takes about South Dakota, The Shoe Song, rap battles, and why I should not ask people if I can pray for them

— 1 — By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to South Dakota! I’m speaking at St. Lambert in Sioux Falls on Friday at 7:00 and at Immaculate Conception in Watertown at 9 AM on Saturday. If you’re in the area, come say hello! — 2 — How is this for a crazy travel schedule? I’m flying in to Sioux Falls this afternoon (Friday), speaking tonight, getting up early to travel almost two hours to Watertown on Saturday, speaking in the morning, driving almost two hours back to Sioux Falls, then flying... Read More

The Shoe Song: A gift to every parent who’s having a tough day

YOU GUYS!!!!! I have been waiting not-so-patiently to share something with you: Last week, musician Marie Miller was a guest on my radio show on SiriusXM. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while, so I was thrilled that she came down to Austin just to do the show with me. I wanted to do something special to commemorate the occasion, so I gave Marie a challenge: I asked her to write a song using nothing but texts between my husband and me as the lyrics. When I heard the song right before last Thursday’s show, I actually jumped up and down... Read More

7 Quick Takes about podcasts, getting back into a routine, and asking your radio guests to fold your laundry

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— 1 — Well…that was an insane six months. Since April, I’ve released a book, done four out-of-state book/media tours, celebrated six family birthdays, co-hosted the Edel Gathering, took three young children to North Carolina for ten days, started the homeschool year, and started a radio show. Last week marked the end of the Six Months O’ Craziness — I don’t have any major upcoming commitments that would significantly impact our weekly routine, and I’m getting used to doing the radio show. It was a... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (or not)

I’m not able to write my own post because I was speaking in Houston tonight, but I look forward to reading all of yours! P.S. I got to meet Holly Ordway, a fellow Ignatius author whose atheist-to-Catholic book, Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms, just came out this week. Check it out if you’re looking for a good read! See you next week! ————————– //  Read More →

Houston, South Dakota, Brother Guy, and a few other updates!

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Hey, I’m speaking in Houston! On Wednesday, 10/7! As in…today! I hadn’t mentioned it earlier because I thought it was a private event, but I just realized that it’s open to the public, so now you need to come and see me. I’ll be speaking at 7:00 PM at St. Michael parish near the Galleria. A few other updates: – I’m delighted to be speaking in South Dakota later this month! I’ll be at St. Lambert in Sioux Falls on Friday, October 24th at 7:00 PM. I’m also speaking at a parish in Watertown, SD... Read More

7 Quick Takes about driving in DC, meeting fabulous people, and outing myself as an airplane stalker nerd

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— 1 — I’m back from the DC trip! I gave five talks, did two media appearances, four book signings, and hosted my radio show live from SiriusXM’s Washington studio, so it was quite the adventure. Honestly, it wasn’t as stressful as it sounds. I got to meet so many new people, connect with friends whom I’d never met in person, and even enjoy a few moments in quiet hotel rooms! It’s good to be home, but I’m already looking forward to to get back to the that area one of these days, hopefully bringing... Read More

One quick take from my hotel next door to the White House

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I was determined to be able to write my 7 Quick Takes Friday post this week, but — to nobody’s surprise except for mine — I have been extremely busy here on the DC book tour. If it tells you anything about how crazy my schedule has been, my hotel is practically next door to the White House, and I haven’t done anything more than give it a passing glance as I run from one place to the next. It’s been great, though! I have met some absolutely wonderful people and am having a blast. I’ll tell you all about it next... Read More