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2018 Newsletter #1

Thanks for checking out my blog today. It’s often easier to write than it is to phone or email friends, family and followers individually, so… here’s my attempt at keeping in touch despite the vagaries of life.

Mississippi River Bluffs, Carondelet. Private album.

To that end, here’s seven updates as to what’s been going on in my life over the past week.

Estimated reading time: < 7 minutes.

I’ve been…

Watching: Good Morning Call SS01 and SS02; Nailed It; Sugar Rush; Real Genius (for the nostalgia); Ready Player One.

Japanese soaps are one of my favorite things to watch on Netflix because I like the formality of the culture and some of the relationship values which feel lost in Western culture (I.e. it’s clean because good girls don’t fornicate, to put it bluntly). With this manga-based soap in particular, the romance was sweet and clean, both of which I appreciate.

I also enjoy cooking competitions. Neither of these two really captured the human element in the way that MasterChef or The Great British Baking Show does.

Listening to: Lauren Daigle’s new single, “You Say”; Sensus Fidelium on YouTube.

I am about the furthest thing from being boho, like Lauren Daigle, but I do like her sound which is sort of deep like Adele and soulful and honest.

Fr. Ripperger on Sensus Fidelium (amongst other priests) has great audio lectures that I tend to transcribe for my personal spiritual growth. Can’t recommend the channel highly enough really.

Eating: Chocolate chip cookie dough from The Cookie Dough Cafe (product in stores); Carondelet Diner.

All I can say is wow…do they do cookie dough house deliveries?

Visiting: the Sunken Cities exhibit (see my review here). Short story is, it was great. I recommend it.

InstaBrowsing: antique finds; British cottages; ocean sunsets; vintage typewriters.

As I get older, I’m learning that humans are paradoxical and that’s okay. I may never be a vintage typewriter collector like Tom Hanks is, but I do really like his app, Hanx, which leads me into my next point.

App download: Hanx Writer, which lets you pretend you’ve got a stylish old typewriter that works.

Free to download and certain brands of typewriter upgrades are available, for $$$. I started my first MS on a typewriter so I’ll always have a fondness for the stubborn things.

Practicing: a new spiritual exercise called ‘lectio divina’; and I got enrolled in the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel.

I want to develop a more contemplative, simplistic life so I’m trying to learn about new-to-me techniques that Catholics have had available to them for (in some cases) centuries. Eventually this may also mean less time with technology but we’ll see where the Lord leads.

So there you have it, 7 days, 7 updates, and in less than 7 minutes. Comments always welcomed below. Let me know if you are fast readers and I’ll try to expound more on each point next week. God bless, have a great week ahead, and remember, keep reaching higher.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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