Introducing: Paper&String

Introducing: Paper&String

 

For years my words have mostly been poured into my books.

Blog posts became more and more occasional.

We used to talk to one another in the comment section of this blog, and other blogs, but now we talk on social media. Yet I sometimes feel we have less to talk about when we are only responding to an Instagram caption or a Facebook link.

My days of regular, weekly blog writing have ended, but I have been searching for some new way to serve you: my readers.

Is there some way to give you carefully crafted words beyond the books I am continuing to write?

Is there some place where we can still gather and listen to one another? Somewhere quieter and more peaceful than social media, somewhere more communal than my blog?

Friends, there is!

You’ll discover it inside the pages of Paper&String.

Paper&String isn’t a blog, and it isn’t a newsletter.

It’s a digital monthly care package from the Black Barn created–not only by me–but by a community rooted in this place, a community of writers and artists, dancers and dreamers, placemakers and friends called the Black Barn Collective.

In each new Paper&String, we will invite you to

Read

Listen

Taste

Grow

Gather

 

Even better?

We don’t simply want to share beautiful written words, gorgeous artwork, recipes, and other seasonal goodness inspired by Maplehurst–which we will!–we want to get to know you. We want to hear from you. And so, we will also be opening the doors to a virtual Black Barn. During the first week of February only, each subscription to Paper&String comes with membership into a beta online Black Barn community!

No matter where you live, no matter how many miles lie between the front door of this barn and your own front door, you can come in. You can join the Black Barn Collective. We can’t wait to get to know you.

Doors open but doors must also close if they are to shelter those inside. Enrollment is only open for the first week of February. We will open the doors to the virtual Black Barn again but only once we’re sure we’re serving our founding members well.

Sign up here to be notified as soon as subscriptions are open!

Ep. 24 – A Gift For The Listeners We Love

Ep. 24 – A Gift For The Listeners We Love

This is a story about placemaking around the table.

This is Chapter Ten of Placemaker in Christie’s own voice (can you hear a hint of Texas drawl?).

Our favorite thing about podcasting is sharing stories with you in our own voices. With Christie’s new book landing in reader’s hands in less than one week, this audio “sneak peek” is our gift to you.  

So, put your feet up, pour the tea (or coffee!), settle in with a blanket or a small child (or both!) and listen to “Norway Maple: Placemaking Around the Table.”

Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

Visit our official podcast page!

Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

Co-Host

A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker

Co-Host

A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.

RECENT PODCASTS

#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

Ep. 23 – All Our Nosy Listener Questions Answered

Ep. 23 – All Our Nosy Listener Questions Answered

This is a story about our nosy listeners whom we love!

So many of you have had so many questions for us over the past few months. Here are all your answers! 

Christie and Lisa-Jo put their feet up, pour the tea, settle in with some chocolate and offer up the realest, un-edited live responses to some of their listeners most common questions.

Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

Visit our official podcast page!

Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

Co-Host

A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker

Co-Host

A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.

RECENT PODCASTS

#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

Ep. 22 – An Easy Way To Reset Your Day

Ep. 22 – An Easy Way To Reset Your Day

This is a collection of love stories about the old fashioned cuppa tea.

It’s no secret that Lisa-Jo and Christie love a good cup of tea.  Hot, cold, dark, red, or herbal tea is a hot trend these days. But Lisa-Jo’s love for the sweet beverage was born even before she was. And Christie was an early adapter

Between them they invite you to put your feet up, pour a cuppa and listen in as Lisa-Jo shares about her surprising tea discovery while working at the Pretoria News newspaper in South Africa, Christie takes us to Comanche, Texas and memories of iced tea, and between them they invite you into the sacred and completely ordinary rhythm of a day paused by a tray of tea and the people who gather to drink it.

Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

Visit our official podcast page!

Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

Co-Host

A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker

Co-Host

A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.

RECENT PODCASTS

#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

Ep. 21 – How Not To Fear Grief

Ep. 21 – How Not To Fear Grief

These are the stories of friends who showed up like beacons.

If Episode 20 was all about the foreign country of grief, these stories will give you the courage and the advice you need to journey to that intimidating place without fear.

Perhaps life has already brought you to that hard place. Perhaps a friend has recently crossed over, and you are wondering how to help her.

Lisa-Jo and Christie have grieved and grieved with others, and they trade stories of what helped and why. Does suffering frighten you? Do you worry you’ll say or do the wrong thing? Then this episode will encourage you and equip you.

Because these stories are not really stories about the storm.

They are stories about the lighthouse that welcomes the storm-tossed home.

Out of the Ordinary

The podcast for anyone who’s ever felt the nagging frustration of wondering if her life is too small, too boring or too ordinary to make a difference. Lisa-Jo Baker and Christie Purifoy, longtime friends and bestselling authors, explore the surprising ways that cultivating ordinary life leads to extraordinary stories.

Visit our official podcast page!

Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

Co-Host

A writer and gardener, her favorite ordinary things include strawberry jam, homegrown flowers, and old books with someone else’s notes in them.

Find Christie’s books here.

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo Baker

Co-Host

A reader and writer, her favorite ordinary things include hot tea with milk and sugar, a good movie, her mom’s hand-me-down books and Sunday afternoon naps.

Find Lisa-Jo’s books here.

RECENT PODCASTS

#outoftheordinarypodcast is on Instagram!

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