Hi! I’m glad you stumbled into my little corner of the Web. Are we kindred spirits? I’m hoping so and that the things you find here entertain, encourage, and even inspire you.
If you’re here, you probably know that I’m a lover of Jane Austen and that I’ve written a couple books about her. This blog is a spot for the things that are dear to my heart, including Austen and other Things of Great Importance. For me, they include:
- story: I’m a writer and reader and lover of story — the art of crafting them, the deep joy of reading them. I want to share my writing journey and some of my favorite books with you.
- faith: I think the best stories we have come from Christianity, which is one of the many reasons I’m a God-seeker and lover of Jesus. I look for God’s hand in the world and in my life. I keep up a running conversation with Him and take everything to Him–my pain, my joy, the beauty around me, my needs and the needs of those I love and the wider world. If you don’t see Him or seek Him, I hope you’ll still feel at home here.
- health: My story took a devastating and unexpected turn years back when I came down with a mysterious chronic illness that caused unbearable fatigue, among other symptoms. It took six years to get a diagnosis (Lyme disease, along with other co-infections), followed by seven years of treatment. The entire journey has been longer and tougher than I could ever have imagined, but it hasn’t been without grace. It’s changed the way I live, the things I eat, and the products I buy as I take every opportunity to pursue health.
- design: I’m crafting my tiny townhouse into a cozy spot that makes my heart happy, and I’ll be posting some pictures along the way.
What else? I’m a lover of dogs, a spoiler of children, mom to one stubborn black lab, aunt to four nieces, honorary aunt to countless little faces. My greatest joy may be my dear friends and the sweet rest I find in their companionship.
Those are the big big things. Then there’s the big small stuff: a well-brewed cup of tea. A walk along the beach during that magical, holy blue hour. A moment to relish the warmth of the sun.
Are these the things that are important to you, too, that make your heart hum with joy? I hope you’ll join me here as we explore these Things of Great Importance!
Lori Smith has written three books, including her latest, The Jane Austen Guide to Life: Thoughtful Lessons for the Modern Woman. She’s a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and she spent a month tracing Austen’s life through England for her previous book, A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love, and Faith. Readers voted to give that book the Jane Austen Regency World Award for best nonfiction. In addition to her books, Lori’s writing has appeared in Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Beliefnet.com, Skirt!, Crosswalk.com, Breakpoint.org and Today’s Christian Woman.