da Shop: A Reader's Blog

Finding Space to Dream by Michelle Regan
Finding Space to Dream by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Oct 10, 2020

A student told me recently that everyone has at least one book in them. I didn’t want to squash his spirit, but I disagree. He certainly may, but lots of people don’t. The truth in that platitude is that eve...

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Writer on the Run by Michelle Regan
Writer on the Run by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Aug 18, 2020

"Running and writing have a lot in common. The rhythm of feet on pavement, the tapping of fingers on keys. Both feed a need to get what’s inside out. They require commitment and focus. They teach us about ourselves. They take us to our limits and back."

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The Story Only You Can Tell by Michelle Regan
The Story Only You Can Tell by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Jul 22, 2020

This guest post is written by yoga teacher and writer Michelle Regan: In the spring of 2014, I found myself sitting in an unremarkable hotel conference room waiting for a breakout session to begin. I was ...

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The Perfectly Wonderful World of Chirri and Chirra by Mariko Merritt
The Perfectly Wonderful World of Chirri and Chirra by Mariko Merritt

By da Shop Staff on May 19, 2020

The Chirri & Chirra picture book series is one of my faves. It’s six adorably chipper books by Japanese author/illustrator, Kaya Doi. In each book, the sisters Chirri and Chirra take their bikes on adventures - “Dring-dring!” - exploring nature or the nearby town, meeting friendly creatures, and finding delicious things to eat. And they always have a perfectly wonderful day.

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Creating Mindful Beginnings by Michelle Regan
Creating Mindful Beginnings by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on May 15, 2020

A few years ago, I worked my way through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It’s a 12-week self-guided workshop in creativity that’s become a cult classic among artists of all stripes. By far, the exercise that I found most useful is Cameron’s morning pages. She suggests writing three pages every morning as soon as you wake up. They don’t need to be pretty, they don’t even need to be about anything. They just need to be. 

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Words that Heal: The Poetry of Joy Harjo by Timothy Dyke
Words that Heal: The Poetry of Joy Harjo by Timothy Dyke

By da Shop Staff on May 05, 2020

One of the many things I love about da Shop is being able to chat about books with whomever may be in the store when I'm browsing. We can't do that in person right now, but fortunately da Shop has found a way to continue our  conversations around books. What follows is a rumination, more than a review. I was asked what I think of a Joy Harjo collection, and what follows is my response. I offer it in a spirit of conversation and reflection.

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In This Moment of Solitude, Books Can Be Our Passports
In This Moment of Solitude, Books Can Be Our Passports

By da Shop Staff on Mar 29, 2020

“In This Moment of Solitude, Books Can Be Our Passports” FACED WITH THE CANCELLATION OF HER BOOK TOUR, A WRITER TURNS TO BOOKS THAT EVOKE A SENSE OF PLACE — AND RECOMMENDS 8 BOOKS THAT MIGHT TAKE YOU SOMEWHERE, TOO.

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