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Magical Journey

An Apprenticeship in Contentment

Katrina Kenison at Parnassus Books

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The first time I went to Nashville, my whole book group came along with me — only to have an ice-storm shut down the entire city moments before I was to begin a reading at Ann Patchett’s Parnassus Bookstore.(Fortunately, we were able to reschedule.) The blog entry Ann wrote about Magical Journey and the storm-that-wasn’t made up for any disappointment. Read Ann’s story here.

This review made me bristle — for about 30 seconds — and then it made me laugh out loud.  And then it made me want to give HeadButler Jesse Kornbluth a hug and take him out to dinner.  (My only published review by a GUY, and one of my favorites, ever.)

Priscilla Gilman’s questions pushed me to go deep and reach far. Her provocative interview is here.

I’m always inspired by the personal stories of service and transformation on Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change website. So it was an honor to be asked to contribute; my essay about change is here.

Ali Edwards needs no introduction, her fans are legion. I love knowing our readers overlap; here’s what she had to say about Magical Journey on her blog.

Power of Moms is an online gathering place for “deliberate mothers.” Tune in to my podcast with founder April Perry here.

Rebuild Your Life Now is an inspiring website for anyone in a time of transition. Loved doing this interview.

My friend and writing buddy Margaret Roach and I did a GoodReads chat together and covered a range of topics with readers and friends. It’s all archived here.

Magical Journey was an Editor’s Choice pick at the Chicago Tribune and was featured in People, too, as a “memoir we can’t put down.”

Awesomely Awake is a site devoted to “inspiring you to be the parent you want to be.” My interview with Shawn Leddington Fink is all about keeping it simple, with parenting tips for busy moms.

VIV Magazine  ran a Magical Journey excerpt and a terrific interview, too.

The Kitchen Witch always makes me laugh, and she usually inspires me to cook something new, too. What author wouldn’t be thrilled with a review that begins: “You Need This Book. You Do.”

I never miss a day of Lindsey Mead’s blog, A Design So Vast. Her review of Magical Journey captures the very essence of what I aspired to do.

Elizabeth Grant Thomas’s exquisite review reminds me that even though we may be at different places on the journey, we all share a common path.

The best reviews are the ones that tell a story of their own. I love what Pamela Hunt Cloyd wrote here about her own mothering journey and how our paths crossed.

Jena Strong says this piece is NOT a review. No matter. I can’t imagine a lovelier response to Magical Journey.

Bruce Dolin is a kindred spirit, a seeking dad, and a wonderful on-line friend. He paused mid-way through reading to share his thoughts.

Life coach Stacy Curnow helps women identify their sense of purpose. Practical, warm, and wise she is. And a lovely writer, too. Her review at Midwife for your Life is here.

Was delighted to have an excerpt from Magical Journey on the Huffington Post. Click here to read it.

More on the web. . .

*** On “Redefining Success and Celebrating the Ordinary,” New York Times, June 29, 2012

*** Chapters of a Life: Author Katrina Kenison’s memoirs have attracted a growing legion of fans with their simple message: “Enjoy the little moments of life before they’re gone.” Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Summer 2010.(Turn to page 38.)

*** Lovely to have The Gift of an Ordinaray Day featured on Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change site. Click here to read my story.

*** And here is a thoughtful interview in Psychology Today, with a fellow mom and memoirist.