Book Recommendation: Give Your Child The World

Book Recommendation and Giveaway on barbarabrutt.com: Give Your Child The World

Books instilled in me the desire to travel the world, to explore it, to meet people from other countries. My fondest memories from growing up are long car rides where my mother would read to me and my siblings about far away places. When I could read for myself, a whole new world opened to me. Fast forward ten years, I’ve traveled to almost 20 countries, lived abroad for months at a time, and begun writing my own books (while...
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The Search for Identity

The Search for Identity

For the world. For my friends. For this website. For my life. For anyone who’s ever searched for their identity. I’m not going to go on and on about how I’ve chosen that my identity is Christ (because I have). That’s new news every day (to me anyway). And it’s my favorite thing to remember on every good day, but especially the very-bad-no-good days. but This is my blogging story. If you’re not interested, make sure you enjoy the photos (I’ve chosen the...
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12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief

12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief

Readers know it. If you read an amazing book or series, when it’s finished, you feel like the richness of life has drained away…full out grief. What. Is. Life. And suddenly I’m grappling with the twelve stages of grief. What? It’s only five? Well, it sure as heck it feels like TWELVE. Book-lovers grief is no joke. denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance? HA.   12 Stages of Book-Lovers Grief 1. Reading slower because you can feel that the pages are becoming...
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Live Into Your Purpose

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Have you ever wondered why some professions are considered better than others? Naturally, a CEO has lots of responsibilities but so does the intern. If the CEO stops doing her job, the intern’s going to have difficulty completing his job, and if the intern stops doing his job, he causes difficulties for those above him. Everyone has a role to play. We need each other. 1. Imagined Reality vs. True Reality I grew up in the church, where my idols...
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Flash Fiction: The Measure of Character

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  The Measure of Character by Barbara Brutt, IG @cordiallybarbara, T @barbarabrutt   I should have known when he didn’t look up from his phone. When I first set eyes on him, I didn’t like him because he expected to be liked. His body, like a swimmer, strung long, lean, and fit with ape arms. Grey eyes and dusty hair that could either be brown or blond depending on the light. Sure, someone might think him attractive but not me. I...
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2016 American Women Gymnasts and Their Favorite Books

2016 Rio Olympic Women Gymnasts and Their Favorite Books

Like most of the world, I’m enthralled by the Olympics. The team spirit, national pride, the best of the best competing, the ceremony—it’s amazing. For the summer Olympics, I most adore Gymnastics. I’m too tall to ever have been a gymnast hopeful, but I also have this fear of falling, especially when I’m standing (since I’m tall). So I decided to track down the books that these athletes profess to love (and their instagrams, too). The American Gymnasts for the...
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August 2016 Inspiration

August 2016 Inspiration

Back to school campaigns clog out the beauty of August as a smoldering summer throws forth its last hooo-rahs. Quick! Plan that picnic in the park before the schedule fills up again with sports, school, or just darker days. I’m not sure why I’m excited about August this year, but I am. Greetings to August!   Current Jam: I’ve always adored this song. At first, I didn’t think it could be good that a woman was being called a “tramp”...
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My Grandmother’s Art Class

My Grandmother's Art Class

If any of you grew up with me, you’ll remember how difficult I was…stubborn, fierce, turbulent, rude, and pig-headed. Probably explains why I have so few friends from childhood (those of you who stuck around, thank you). Recently, I’ve been researching painting for a novel series that I’m working on, and while paging through one of the research materials, I remembered the story below from one of my art classes. “Barbara, mix a little water into the paint.” My grandmother...
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Tourist vs. Traveler

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The words “tourist” and “traveler” are not interchangeable. If you travel or want to travel, you probably have an ideal plan of how you want to see your destination. Maybe an all-expenses-paid tour? A food-focused trip? A DIY meandering? Each word defines a certain way of traveling, and they’re not the same. A couple of weeks ago (on my most recent travel), I had just seated myself at the table for the evening’s fine dining experience after exchanging greetings with...
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Book Recommendation: 6 Books on Writing

Book Recommendation: Books on Writing

The life of a writer is lonely. I’ve heard it said by so many people and even written by other authors. I used to believe it. Sure, writing is something that you have to do alone, and yes, you often rewrite and edit alone, too. But I’ve learned that my writing improves when I release it to my community for their opinions and skilled edits. They challenge me to take my writing through another edit when I’m ready to be done...
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