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– I keep meaning to mention that I finally – FINALLY – read Leif Enger’s Peace Like A River over the summer. I think some of y’all first recommended it to me four or five years ago, but, you know, I’m a little slow with the follow-through.

It’s rare that a book really grabs me by the heart and refuses to let go, but Peace Like A River totally did that. It’s no exaggeration to say that I loved everything about it. EVERYTHING. It’s one of those books where, at the end, I felt like I was better for having read it, and that’s mighty rare these days. So if you haven’t read it yet – if you’re like I was and figure that you’ll get to it at some point down the road – don’t waste another day. It’s stunning.

Seriously. Stunning.

– One of my favorite sportswriters went to the State/LSU game, and his recap of his time in Starkville is pretty much brilliant. So good.

– I’ve had a couple of new posts up at Ree’s blog this past week: one is all about classic TV theme songs and one is about my fall TV plans. Both are as deep and philosophical as you might imagine.

– The whole A&M/SEC/Baylor/who’s-going-where conference soap opera has been all over sports radio for the last few weeks (at least it has in this neck of the woods), so I couldn’t help but giggle when I saw this picture of a new billboard in Waco. (via)

That’s all in good fun, Big 12 fans. All in good fun.

– Beth and the folks at Living Proof Ministries are doing a really awesome, encouraging, wonderful thing for 1,000 young women who have never been to a Passion conference. So if you’re between 18-25 and interested in going to Passion 2012 (or if you know someone who’s interested), check out Beth’s post for info – you might be eligible for a scholarship.

Have a great Tuesday, y’all!

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  1. I read Peace Like a River after Annie recommended it a couple of years ago. It was a great read.

    Between 18 and 15? That’s not fair. ;)

    • 18-25 – I just corrected it. I don’t know what’s up with me and all the typos lately, but I suspect it has something to do with NOT SLEEPING. :-)

  2. Chris in Canada says:

    Yes, yes, yes on the Peace Like a River recomendation!!! I LOVED that book. That man can write. I found myself re-reading sentences because they were so delicious.

  3. LOVED Peace Like a River! And yes, I wish I was 18-25 so that I could go to the Passion Conference. I went to the first one in 1997, so that makes me a little too old now. ;)

  4. I so love your writing and happily get to read even more via Pioneer Woman. I hope you feel loved today!!

  5. oh my wow! I LOVE the billboard- too funny!
    I was reading your fall TV line up and I could not agree with you more about the 30 Rock sense of humor. I absolutely adore it. Me and 30 Rock are like a match made in heaven. That and FNL are the two “programs” that I actually DVR. I have finished up with 30 Rock so I am in shape for the fall line up…but I am still “tackling” FNL….HAHA!

  6. Nelson's Mama says:

    Bought that in hardback when it was first released and totally loved it. It’s still in my bookcase and I occasionally pull it out and glance through it, what a beautiful read!

  7. Ah, that’s one of my top ten favorite books of all time. You’ll love his next book “So Brave, Young, and Handsome.”

  8. Let’s just be clear about said billboard…while we certainly appreciate our supposed enemy stimulating the economy, no one covets their conference deal. Some folks have enough sense to know they can’t compete in the SEC. Others apparently don’t…

    But, you know, all in good fun :-)

  9. As an Iowa State Fan…I thought the billboard was HILARIOUS!!! It has been crazy with all the talks going on. We all are just hoping to not have a run in with Coach Chizek anytime soon. When he left he didn’t have many on his side. All that aside.. I love reading your blog and look forward to it everyday!!

  10. I have got to track down my copy of Peace Like a River. It is always the book I suggest first when someone asks for a good read.

    Loved the article about the game. Really made me want to go to a game at MSU. :)

  11. Love the billboard. Gig em!

  12. College days at MSU/Starkville were the best!

  13. I think I’m going to have to get Peace like a River, sounds like a good read.

  14. Boomama, when can we read YOUR e-book you teased us about???

  15. More cowbell baby!!! Just skimmed over that article! So funny!

  16. I agree, it’s a great book. Enger does a great job of “suspending disbelief” in the novel.

  17. Michelle Washington says:

    This is the first time I read your blog, and I couldn’t believe that the first thing I saw was the title of the book. I am in the process of just starting my Associate’s Degree (at 36 years old,) and my English Lit class is reading “Peace Like a River”! I’m so glad to know everyone enjoyed it. Obviously this is a sign that I should be reading your blog daily. :)

  18. That billboard is HILARIOUS, says the A&M graduate. Now please excuse me as I go forward that link to certain friends and ask them to go outside and take a picture for me…