We are loving this season of the year, this season of life. Nothing out of the ordinary, just the beautiful mundane.
Here is a little of what is happening in our neck of the woods . ..
Eventide Kent Haruf
I love a book which leaves me both more a believer in the courage and kindness of people, and more aware of hurt and injustice, humanity's propensity for evil and cowardice. Haruf tells the story of both. The simplest person- a lonely aging farmer, a widowed social worker, a silent and ignored eleven year-old boy-- I find myself rooting for, believing in. And grieving, at the same time, for the terrible ways people ache and are mistreated or alone. I don't know how Haruf's sparse prose and simple characters can be so heart-wrenching and captivating. I love his simple style and the ordinary human events he chooses to describe. This book makes me want to be a better person.
The Writing Life Annie Dillard
A re-read. Poetic, metaphoric, humorous, eccentric, exhausting- an autobiography of the Writer's life. Full of brilliant advice and warning; "This is why many experienced writers urge young men and women to learn a useful trade."
Bread & Wine Shauna Neiquist
Part memoir part food writing, all of my favorite subjects: food, friendship, community, faith, and the way these heal and carry us through life. My first introduction to Shauna Neiquiest, I found her writing relatable, candid, funny and poignant.
Cold Tangerines by Shauna Neiquiest
This collection of stories was her first book, once again relatable, honest, funny. She writes like a blogger, in brief, energetic chapters about everyday life. I appreciate her self-deprecating and honesty about her imperfections.
Honestly, sometimes her writing left me a little bit empty. She seems to be the type of person who attracts a crowd; can orchestrate, administrate, multi-task, get what she needs . . . she writes books, speaks, travels everywhere, has friends friends friends, hosts a multitude of dinner parties, along with being a mother of young children. Maybe it is because I am not at all like this, and only now slowly learning how to set boundaries and ask for what I need . . . I think I was jealous. Which is not an attractive quality and is much more a sign of something needing changed in myself.
Grace-based Parenting Tim Kimmel
Another re-read. One of my favorite parenting books.
. . . there is more to blog, but another day . . . now the kids are playing playing playing, and another book sits waiting for me, and I am overcome with a need for hot chocolate.
"He is a sane man who can have tragedy in his heart
and comedy in his head."
Be brave, friends. Cheerful and brave.