Sunday, April 08, 2018

Book Review: The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife
Diane Ackerman
Version: Kindle, borrowed through Overdrive/Maryland Digital Library Consortium
Biography, History, Non-Fiction
You might like it if you enjoy stories of ordinary people doing their part to help others, stories about World War 2, or stories about interesting, strong women.

Monday, February 26, 2018

When was the last time you were clumsy?

Okay...I’m upset enough to write about a current event. There’s a story gone viral that characterizes so many of my concerns about the larger world that I want to dissect it a bit.

It’s the one about the Women in Math club at BYU. My concerns are simple. Why did this become a publicly humiliating situation for the individuals involved? Why did it have to escalate from an awkward, unfortunate mistake by one person to a big deal? The attention this story has focused on the math club and the BYU math department in general has, I’m sure, caused much more harm than good. What is the value in that? Why is this okay? I truly don’t understand.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Review: The Pillars of the Earth

Whoa! I went to do that thing I've done nearly every day for weeks! I feel a little bit of that sensation of "Now what?"

Yes, I just finished listening to just over 40 hours of The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and I'm a little bereft. It's a lifestyle. And yes, I had a lot of pauses because Goodreads says I started it in November, but I actually started in earnest around Christmas. I chose this book on the recommendation of a trusted friend and the fact that I love cathedrals and their stories.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


A somewhat recent photo of Eric and I. You can't
tell so much because of my beanie, but I've cut off
my hair. So far, it hasn't caused me to lose any of
my super-powers. 

Ugh, I was really hoping it had been less time than this since I wrote here, but it hasn't. Nothing since last August. My grandmother's funeral. Nothing about all the major events since that time.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

My Grandma Joy

Here are some thoughts about my Grandma.

On August 12, My paternal grandmother, Joy Bateman Wixom Samson, died. She was 95 and had lived a full life of family, work, travel and love. She was an important and positive influence in my life, and while I am sad I won't see her again in this life, it's hard to be TOO sad when a tired 95-year old woman who has done all the things and is suffering from pain and sickness dies. I am honestly more happy for her than I am sad for myself. Truly. Her life is a great example of what I believe life is all about--learning, experiencing, helping others, trying, making mistakes, having messy problems, doing fun things, loving people, never giving up, etc. I don't romanticize her as a perfect person, but instead I love her for her example of a real woman in action. She showed me that it's possible to keep on going in the face of hard things, and to laugh and sing along the way. That is invaluable to me. I am grateful you are my Grandma.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Weathering Camp

This week at my church Young Women Camp we had perfect weather for an East Coast campout--mostly overcast skies with slightly cooler temperatures punctuated by a few hours of sunshine here and there on most of the days. It was really nice to have a break from the usually relentless heat. We still had the relentless humidity, but a temperature just a few degrees lower can make such a difference. Evenings got cool enough to welcome a campfire, and the nights and mornings felt deliciously chilly.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Trekking With Pioneers

In the second week of July, Eric and I set out with 11 outstanding young people and trekked through the wilds of Pennsylvania for 3 days. We did it for love. We also did it for faith. For that 3 days, we were Ma and Pa Nuss.
There are only10 in this photo because one of our young women came the next
day because of her work schedule. We finished with all 11. 

Sunday, July 02, 2017

The Last Twenty-One

My youngest child turned 21 years old on Friday. That feels like a big deal, so I wanted to write about it for a minute.

Here he is 3 years ago when he graduated high school:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Just Writing

My energy is low right now. I have several fairly important tasks to complete before tomorrow morning, but after the tasks I completed this morning, I came home and slept. It's been my pattern for the past several days: a long afternoon nap, yet still plenty tired for a normal bedtime, up early for all the things, then crash again for the afternoon. I'm a little concerned, so I'm taking my iron supplements and trying to just sleep when I need it. I'm sure it will pass.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

HappyNuss: The Wedding Edition!

On April 22, 2017, my only daughter got married! After a fun few days of preparations in Utah, we got up on Saturday morning, got dressed and headed for the temple--Huzzah!

It’s funny, I suppose because of the kind of parent I am, I never had specific dreams or visions for my Sara’s wedding day. I knew from the time she was born that she would be independent and would choose her own way. I also knew a long time ago that she is a minimalist when it comes to decisions and plans. She is practical, well-mannered and compassionate, so I knew she would consciously choose not to make the preparations so complex that they were a pain. She has a strong sense of beauty as well. All of that came together.