Amanda Barber

Stories, songs, and thoughts on life.

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My Favorite Fiction Part 3: Lord of the Nutcracker Men

09 January 2014

It doesn’t seem to matter how often I’ve read the book (it’s been several times). It always brings tears to my eyes. The story is warm and compassionate while dealing with the entire gamut of the human experience. Get it and read it. You won’t regret it.

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My Very Early Christmas Morning

26 December 2013

I’ve been thinking all night long about how little things like losing sleep are so much harder to deal with than large calamities. At least for me they are.

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My Favorite Fiction, Part 2: A Christmas Carol

12 December 2013

My dad used to watch an old black and white version of this every time we went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas, which was usually every year. The movie always came on after bedtime and so there I would lay in the other room while Dad and Grandpa watched A Christmas Carol. I could hear every word, and I shivered and shook at the creepiness of old Jacob Marley coming back from the dead to warn Ebenezer Scrooge...

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Happy Thanksgiving

27 November 2013

Years are usually full of unexpected happenings, since we mortals cannot predict the future. But this past year seemed especially full of them.

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My Favorite Fiction, Part 1

21 November 2013

Charlotte Bronte wrote from the perspective and internal thoughts of one young woman and dealt with one story line. Jane Eyre, in particular, is so real and fresh.

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The Testimony of a Well-Lived Life

31 October 2013

Last Saturday, I had a book signing in Battle Creek. At the appointed time, I made my way to Barnes and Noble and walked up the information desk. “Hi, I’m Amanda Barber here for the book signing,” I began. The girl on the other side looked back at me, confused. “Book signing?” Just then, the acting manager came up and the girl said something like, “There’s a book signing today?”

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