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Gift Ideas Galore

By Emily Milner

Can I beg your indulgence for a little more self-promotion? In addition to Andrea’s suggestions, found here, here are some other great gift ideas from Segullah staff members:

For yourself:
Bound on Earth, by Assistant Features Editor Angela Hallstrom.
From Maralise’s Amazon review:

“It is difficult to find an LDS novel that adequately communicates the nuance that fills the dusty corners of our lives-that faces the reality that we must become perfect even in our imperfection. And there were moments in the novel where I thought it might easily descend into trite summaries of belief. It never did.

The most powerful image of the book is found in the concept of `being bound.’ At first, I felt like telling the characters to run away from their bonds, quickly and deftly, in an act of self-preservation. However, the book artfully aided my discovery that our bonds can teach us where and how to grow. “

Irreantum: A Review of Mormon Literature and Film. Angela Hallstrom is the editor, and the current issue features writing and art from Segullah staff members Maralise Petersen, Darlene Young, and Emily Milner.

The Year My Son and I Were Born, a memoir by our editor-in-chief, Kathryn Lynard Soper. It is has not been released yet, but it’s available for pre-order. I am so excited to read this!

“The Year My Son and I Were Born is Soper’s brutally honest yet beautiful account of how she escaped a downward spiral of despair and emerged with newfound peace. Antidepressant therapy restored her equilibrium, and interactions with friends and family brought needed perspective. But the most profound change came through her growing relationship with Thomas. His radiant presence shone through her outer layers of self, where fear and guilt festered, and reached the center of her very being—where love, acceptance, and gratitude blossomed in abundance.”

For your kids:
Just What Mama Needs, by our Assistant Poetry Editor, Sharlee Mullins Glenn. As Kathy puts it, “The story is inventive and charming, and the parent-child relationship depicted is tender without being sappy. The text rolls easily off the tongue. Plus, the paper-cutout artwork is fantastic.” We love this book!

Boot Scoot Bikes, from our Assistant Manager Katie Stirling. Developed for children ages 2-6, the Boot Scoot has no pedals. Instead, children use their own Boots to Scoot themselves along, learning balance as they go. They offer free UPS ground shipping from now through December 31.

For your home:
Art by Maralise Petersen, our art director and blog editor. Mara’s work can be ordered in gallery wrap canvas, which extends around the frame. It is featured in the current issue of Irreantum About her art, she says,

“Because I believe that beauty doesn’t exist without complexity, I often layer seemingly mismatched images and use texture to blend the images together. Instead of being upset by messy edges and incongruities, I relish in the almost-random feeling of most of my work. I find that in trying to showcase the beauty of life in two-dimensions there is a lot that doesn’t fit in the frame. I like it that way.”

Art by Leslie Graff, our Blog Sampler Guru. Leslie will be the featured artist in our Spring 2008: Gifts of the Spirit issue. Leslie’s art features bold colors and geometric shapes, mingled with images of the natural world.

Just for fun:

The LDS arts blog A Motley Vision has created some t-shirts with the phrase “A Motley Vision” transliterated into the Deseret Alphabet. They’re not Segullah staffers. But I love that idea! I want my name transliterated into the Deseret Alphabet!

I hope one of these fills up that empty spot on your list! Thanks for indulging me.

About Emily Milner

(Poetry Board) graduated from BYU in Comparative Literature, but it was long enough ago that most of what she learned has leaked out. She would like to mention other hobbies or interests, but to be honest she spends most of her free time reading (although she does enjoy attempting yoga). She used to blog at hearingvoices.wordpress.com. For now, though, Segullah is her only blogging home, and it's a good one.

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