Marcie Stokman, founder and president of Well-Read Mom, encourages women to read more, read well. With honesty and humor, Marcie helps women reclaim time for leisure, friendship, and literature. Inspiring women to make time to read, Marcie will show how it is possible and explain why reading matters for women.
The number one reason that women give for not reading is "not enough time." Join Marcie Stokman, founder of Well-Read Mom, as she talks with Tonya Milligan, author of No Perfect Parent, Just a Perfect Purpose: Keys to Unlocking Every Child's Greatness. They'll discuss purposeful parenting strategies that will help you make and take the time to read!
Tonya Milligan (Author)
Marcie's book tour went virtual this summer due to COVID. So, we're excited to share this great interview with you on How Reading Builds Culture: Give Yourself Permission to Read. The full video of the interview is available on our website.
Our friend, the dynamic Leah Jacobson, founder of The Guiding Star Project, talks with Well-Read Mom founder and president Marcie Stokman about her new book The Well-Read Mom: Read More. Read Well.
Leah and Marcie discussed:
The Mom Problem - The Reading Problem and the Together Solution
Women's need for friendship and restorative leisure
Reading and discussing literature as a way to cultivate the moral imagination
Tips for making time to read
The importance of women as culture builders
You can purchase a copy of Marcie's book, which goes into depth about all of these topics (and it includes all of the Well-Read Mom booklists as well) at our store.
We thought some of our women might want some ideas for meaningful books to hand to their kids during this unexpected time at home. This is the first year Well-Read Mom has included a Family Supplement with membership. Our hope is to encourage great books for kids that follow along with our theme of the year. This way, the conversations we are having in our groups can also be shared with our families.
In this podcast Marcie Stokman, Alison Solove and Charity Hill discuss:
How the Family Supplement came about
An example of educating the moral imagination through literature.
How to use the Family Supplement with three different age groups
How important it is to get great books into kids’ hands and promote meaningful conversations within families
To learn more about Well-Read Mom's Family Supplement - Go to: www.WellReadMom.com
You can find the books mentioned in this podcast here:
This is part two of a two-part podcast with Liz Kelly, Beth Nelson, and Marcie STokman. Marcie recently read Liz Kelly's article "Flattening the Curve on Fear" and a desire to talk more about how to do this. Liz gives particular recommendations on: How to deal with anxiety as a Christian Keeping Holy the Sabbath when we're not gathering in person and recommending several books and resources. Enjoy! https://sundayreclaimed.org/ https://aleteia.org/2019/06/08/detroit-archdiocese-makes-big-decision-to-reclaim-sunday-as-the-lords-day/ Dr. Michael shares the importance of, and ideas for, fathers protecting the sabbath in their families. Mike Naughton's talk on this: https://vimeo.com/263019469 Dr. Michael Naughton, "Reclaiming the Lords Day" Recommended books include: Into Your Hands, Father by Wilfrid Stinissen The Christian and Anxiety by Hans Urs Von Balthasar The Prophets by Abraham Heschel .
Into Your Hands, Father
The Christian and Anxiety
This is part one of a two-part podcast with LIz Kelly, Beth Nelson, and Marcie Stokman.
Marcie recently read Liz Kelly's article "Flattening the Curve On Fear" and knew they needed a phone call.
Why fear isn't a sin, but panic or hysteria may be
How our chaos is somehow redeemed - even if the suffering isn't removed
Nothing is lost in God - learning flexibility before God as we live in the moment (even if the days feel meaningless)
Words for moms who are working, cleaning, cooking, and now teaching and santizing!
How our attachments are being refined during this unprecedented time
Liz (Elizabeth) Kelly, a native Minnesotan, is a noted speaker, retreat leader and award-winning author, whose works include short stories, arts and music reviews, books on prayer and worship, and meditations on faith, spiritual struggle, and Christian womanhood. She has written seven books, including May Crowning, Mass, and Merton: 50 Reasons I Love Being Catholic, which won the Catholic Press Association first place award for Best Popular Presentation of the Faith in 2007. She is also the author of “The Wind,” a short story nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2001. You can find out more about her at lizk. org.
Beth Nelson is a wife and mother of five. She has been part of the Well-Read Mom endeavor since she first asked the question, "Is there a place after college for moms to talk about the big questions in life?"
Marcie Stokman is the president and founder of Well-Read Mom.
Marcie Stokman, president and founder of Well-Read Mom interviews Ana Braga-Henebry on how we can be at home in beautiful way with our children during these days.
"Yes, you can do this - even joyfully!"
Our discussion includes:
Lingering around the table
Bringing order into our days
Ideas for prayer time and rhythm
Confidence in the authority we've been given as others
Ana Braga-Henebry grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, majored in Art Education, and received a Master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas. In her chosen life as a wife and mother, Ana has found time and inspiration to write on family life and literature for different periodicals. Ana is a lifetime educator in various levels, a book reviewer and educational resources content-creator. Having a life-long love for Literature, Ana has led book clubs for women for many years.
During this episode, Well-Read Mom co-directors Nicole and Janel answer the most frequently asked questions about Well-Read Mom's membership terms including:
How following the theme and booklist for the year allows us to go deeper into our understanding of ourselves as women
How the audios help facilitate discussion and connect us to the broader movement - unity not uniformity
Why Well-Read Mom charges a membership fee and what that fee goes toward
Why the booklist is for members-only
Why the discussion questions in our Companion (Reading Guide) vary month to month and in style - and how to use questions that work for your group
Have another burning questions? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or use the message feature on Anchor to send in your voice message.
You can find out more at WellReadMom.com.
During this episode, you'll hear about the criteria Well-Read Mom uses when choosing a book for our book club.
We'll discuss the importance of tradition, humanity, and art in literature.
We'll also consider whether it is possible to interact with, study, consider, and read books that stretch us outside our comfort zone? Books that include objectionable content, written by authors whose world-view, behavior, or experiences may at times diverge from what is virtuous and moral?
If so, how should we read these books?
You'll also hear more about the specific method that Well-Read Mom groups use in their monthly meetings: Read, compare, share, and accompany.
Marcie Stokman, president and founder of Well-Read Mom, Inc., mother of seven, grandmother of eleven
Colleen Hutt, graduate of Notre Dame's liberal arts program, "retired" parish minister, mother, and volunteer organizer of the Well-Read Mom pilgrimage
Carla Galdo has a B.A. in Spanish Literature and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, and a M.T.S. from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. She is a wife and mother, is blessed to live on a hobby farm in small town Virginia, and to homeschool her five children.
Janel Lewandowski, co-director of Well-Read Mom, M.A. in Pastoral Studies from the St. Paul School of Divinity at the St. Paul Seminary, wife and mother of five.
Elizabeth Lev is an art historian, bestselling author, international speaker and certified sommelier. She teaches Baroque, Renaissance and Christian Art at Duquesne University in Rome.
She is also the author of "How Catholic Art Saved the Faith - The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art" published by Sophia Press.
In this podcast, Marcie Stokman and Elizabeth Lev will discuss:
the importance beauty has in our lives
why all people need to believe in beauty
how women in particular have a resonance toward beauty
how our culture has hijacked beauty for prettiness
Marcie Stokman and Janel Lewandowski, both of Well-Read Mom, discuss how reading good literature together fosters friendship - the kind of friendships we really need. According to a recent YouGov poll, twenty-two percent of Millenials reported not having a single friend. Could the friendships fostered in Well-Read Mom book groups be an answer to this loneliness epidemic?
To find out more or join a group near you, find us at www.WellReadMom.com.
Marcie Stokman, founder of Well-Read Mom, interviews Dr. Scott Moringiello, Catholic Studies Professor at DePaul University. They discuss Tolkien's "On Fairy-Stories." Their conversation gives great insight into what adults can gain from reading fairy stories, why we don't grow out of these stories of joy, and how they educate us to the bigger story of our lives as it relates to creation and redemption.
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Well-Read Mom Founder Marcie Stokman and her daughter Beth Nelson introduce the 'Year of the Artist' as our 2019-2020 theme for the year.
Liz (Elizabeth) Kelly, a native Minnesotan, is a noted speaker, retreat leader and award-winning author, whose works include short stories, arts and music reviews, books on prayer and worship, and meditations on faith, spiritual struggle, and Christian womanhood. She has written seven books, including May Crowning, Mass, and Merton: 50 Reasons I Love Being Catholic, which won the Catholic Press Association first place award for Best Popular Presentation of the Faith in 2007. She is also the author of “The Wind,” a short story nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2001. You can find out more about her at lizk.org.
How to develop the artist within
Tips for developing artistic ability when you already feel stretched thin
Art as a way of communicating truth
How can an atheist or a person living a lifestyle many of us would not agree with produce art that conveys beauty and truth?
The ways to distinguish good art from bad art
Similarly, how to evaluate the books we read
What kind of art has moved you and why?
Marcie and Liz also touch on Marcie's upcoming book "The Well-Read Mom." Coming soon!
Find out more at www.WellReadMom.com.
Ana inspires us to create beauty, cultivate love, and open our homes in hospitality. Learn how each one of us is the artist of our own home and family life. And, here's Ana's fool-proof receive for entertaining:
Ana's Brazilian Chicken Recipe
Sauté cubed chicken in olive oil, crushed garlic and salt.
Add sliced onions and tomatoes or Ro-tel. Let it simmer for half hour to 40 minutes.
Add 8oz cream cheese per 1.5 of chicken or so. Let it soften and mix well.
Before serving, garnish with plenty of fresh chopped herbs: any combination of Cilantro, parsley, basil.
Serve over rice, or anything you like! Serve in a vegetable as a side. If you are familiar with hearts of palm, add one or two cans rinsed, sliced hearts of palm chopped to this dish to make it extremely Brazilian and delicious.
Quantities are whatever you want depending on how many people are you feeding. Enjoy!