Hi! I’m Tsh Oxenreider. I write books and other sundry, and am slowly eking out my first novel. I also podcast, lead a pilgrimage, and teach English to high schoolers, though my favorite titles are wife and mom. I’m a nomadic homebody besotted with wanderlust and a 4w5 INTJ Ravenpuff Christian with more questions than answers, and if you get the gist of what I’m saying with any of those things, you’re my people.

Part intrepid pilgrim and scrutinizer of cultural oddities, part whimsical homebody and charming troglodyte, my name really and truly is spelled correctly. You pronounce it as though there’s an i, like Tish, unless you’re a coffee shop barista, in which you pronounce it Lucy because you give them a fake name to avoid the hassle.

What’s Books & Crannies?

I love exploring the world, but like you, I don’t get to as often as I’d prefer. While the backpacks wait in our closet until our next adventure, stories keep me occupied — books, movies, essays, TV series, podcasts, and beyond.

B&C is for like-minded folks who want to know and love the world’s nooks and crannies (and the people who live in them), whether it’s by being there first-hand, or with a drink in a favorite chair, absorbed in a great story. It’s a space for those who like to explore the good questions about travel, home, faith, placemaking, and really good stories.

As I wind down The Art of Simple in 2020, I have a starry-eyed vision for B&C in the near future: book excerpts, thoughts on the reading and writing life, more WRLD at Home installments, published chats with friends, and occasional surprise essays, along with what I’m currently sharing — weekly chats about one question, 5 Quick Things, and bonus quarterly essays. Soon, soon…

If this sounds good to you, I’d love you to join:

What else?

I’d love you to consider taking it a step further and become a paying subscriber.

If you enjoy the things I create — podcast episodes, books, essays, and beyond — your involvement goes a long way in making those things happen. It’s only $6 per month (or less than that annually).

Why? Well, mostly because it’s lovely to pay writers and artists for their work. As a culture we’re so used to finding most anything we want on the internet for free, we forget that it’s real human beings who work hard to create the stuff we love. It’s good to pay for the good stuff out there because it helps that good stuff continue.

We pay for magazine subscriptions, streaming subscriptions, movie tickets, meals at restaurants, and more — why wouldn’t we pay for the things we enjoy over the internet as well? They’re not free to make, and doing so would only cost us pennies per day. It’s a tangible way we can vote with our dollars for more goodness on the internet. Let’s counteract the dumpster-fire yelling with the beautiful, good, and true.

But… ads. Yes, there’s advertising, and right now, ad and sponsor placements on things like my podcast do help support some of my work. But to be honest, it’s not as much money as you might think it is, and my goal is to move away from advertising entirely. I’d love the stuff I create to be 100% supported by the people who appreciate it. There are many reasons this sort of structure aligns with my ethos, values, and the type of work I find important.

Regardless whether you stick to just 5 Quick Things for free or become a paying Books & Crannies subscriber… thank you. It’s an honor to do the work I do, and it wouldn’t happen without readers! I’m so very grateful for you.

xo, Tsh