Have been working on two posts, but neither one is ready to be shared. So…in the meantime, here are some random thoughts and reactions I’ve had recently.
While reading Elin Hilderbrand’s “The Identicals,” recognized myself in this sentence: “She doesn’t enjoy food that is aggressively healthy.
And again in Gail Godwin’s “Grief Cottage” – p. 164 “The family name wasn’t one you hear every day…When I remember I will write it down for you. These days, Marcus, I have to put in requests to my brain, as one does at the library, and then a little worker takes my slip and disappears into the stacks. It may take him a while, but he always comes back with the goods.”
And then there’s advice: From the NY Times, July 20 “Pick reading that will engage but not deplete you.” At least for a time I will not be reading about the holocaust, abused children, tortured lives. Yet oddly one of the best books of the summer was “The Bright Hour” in which a young wife/mother talks about facing death (Nina Riggs) within months. Could have been terribly depleting but was so beautifully written, so honest that it was inspiring.
And my own advice which I have spotty success in following: “Ring Your Own Bell.” Quite a few years ago I was in a handbell choir. All of us were novices, but some of us at least had experience reading music. The person standing beside me did not. I found myself watching to see if she would ring her bell when she was supposed to, only to have that at attention screw up my own part. Thus, ring your own bell.
Dorothy C. Judd (c) 2017