Thursday, June 13, 2019

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

It’s 11:30 pm EST. I am heading to bed. Not alone.

Interesting to me just now was how or why I chose the book to bring with me. 

Both are new, within the last day or so. Both inside fifty pages. Both fifteen feet apart from one another.

I would like to say impulse or closest, but I think it is how one makes me feel.

Yeah, go with the feeling. And who would ever pick over a word like “gorgeous”.


Monday, June 10, 2019

Semantics Then Books

Quick question friends out in the ethers.

Today is Monday, The date doesn’t really matter.

If I were to say to you,

“Hey, I made a reservation at this fabulous taco joint next Thursday.”

Which Thursday do I mean?

Inquiring minds want to know…


I started Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller and loving it! Also knee deep into On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, and I think it will break my heart...just have that feeling.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Truth or Dare? (100-Word Challenge)

I thought about her as I was stirring awake today, a modern-day flower child. I have no idea why, but this part of the story is pure.

Only regarding her at length once before, she bebopped up next to me as I walked. Her hair held fresh blooms.

“Tell me a story.”

My mind was utterly paralyzed. 



The first words that came to my mind were these.

“Truth or dare?”


At first my weave was frantic, unsure. But softly I settled into a surprisingly elaborate web.

“Is this true?”

“I’m not sure. Does it sound real?”


This was written for Tara's 100-Word Challenge over at Thin Spiral Notebook. The word was "Speak" to be used in any form or inferred. 

Monday, June 3, 2019

What I Am Reading Now (June 3, 2019)

Hosted by The Book Date

Not here to make excuses, but life, yet again, has disrupted my would be reading time. A short list of those include: a deer, delayed flight, construction projects, puppy, prioritizing, self-motivation (Oops! Now that IS under my control).

So be it.

May I please be excused for is not dolling up this post with linked pictures/descriptions of the books? Some slack here is greatly appreciated.

What I recently finished:

Normal People by Sally Rooney

If you loved Conversations With Friends, which if you haven’t read it yet, drop everything right now and get on it, you will love Rooney’s latest. She is a master of quirky, authentic feeling relationships. The story takes place in Ireland between two teenagers from a small town, one wealthy and the other a housekeeper's son, who know each other though pretend not to…at first. The chemistry between them through the course of their formative and college years then adulthood is palpable. 5-stars all the way!!!

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

I gave it a 3-star rating on Goodreads probably because it was a little draggy for me. It’s about complicated family dynamics, another culture, protecting our children. You know, the stuff that makes you want to read a story. Except, that it felt like a chore. Check out the Goodreads description (Okay, I lied. I added one link)  Maybe “It’s me, not you” kind of thing.

What I am currently reading/rereading:

Ask Again, Yes by Maribeth Keane

This Goodreads description accurately sums up what I know so far:

“A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, and the power of forgiveness.”

Can’t find my Bluetooth earbuds so now the only thing I want to do is sit in my car all day.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

OH YEAH!!!!!!! 

One of my all-time favorite books/authors. I had the great fortune to hear him speak about his more recent A Gentleman in Moscow, which I also loved. He did address writing Rules albeit all too briefly! 

Anyway, he is fascinating!

And I NEVER reread books. Can’t remember the last one I did or where my original copy of Rules of Civility resides although I have a sneaking suspicion. So I picked up a signed paperback at the event and intend to start it tonight. 

Future plans include:

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

After just receiving it in the mail, I’ll fill you in next week!

That’s it for me! I promise to be fancier next time.

But what about you? What are you reading or planning to read? I am always looking for recommended books from other avid readers.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Guess What?

I’m going to start writing again this summer.

I’m going to start writing again this summer.

I’m going to start writing again this summer.

I’m going to start writing again this summer.

I’m going to start writing again this summer.

I’m going to start writing again this summer.

I’m going to start writing again this summer.

I’m going to start writing again this summer.

I’m going to start writing again this summer.

And if I do not, please feel free to heckle the hell out of me!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Did Someone Say It's National Poetry Day?

Well then, HOORAY! 

I am thankful for the gorgeous one who introduced poetry to me, though I encountered my favorite on my own. 

I remember the exact Saturday in early September (It was 8:30 in the morning.) I remember precisely what I was doing (If you care to know, I was laying on my back in Millennium Park preparing for a 100 person community yoga class. My eyes were closed.) I remember exactly how it felt at that moment (The bright, Indian summer sun was warming my body. Anticipation.)

And this is when I heard it for the first time…

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles throughout the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

- Wild Geese by Mary Oliver