Here we are again – round seven, on your marks, get set, go! I’m on day 16 of my heart opening practice, and while the first 10 days were hellish, the last 6 have been quite blissful – love filled, calm, connected and super creative. I’ve been writing every spare minute and loving every word of it – there’s so much to write about all of a sudden, or maybe it’s just my newly opened heart!
Best Short Read
There’s just something about Glennon, don’t you think? Her honesty, rawness, vulnerability – her ability to be both real and transcendent – and all while showing us how she works it out, in her messy, human way. Anyway, she wrote this wonderful article about her kitchen this week, that just injected a dose of gratitude straight into my heart:
In terms of parenting, marriage, home, clothes – I will not be a slave to the Tyranny of Trend any longer. I am almost 40 years old and no catalog is the Boss of Me anymore. I am free. I am not bound to spend my precious days on Earth trying to keep up with the Joneses- because the Joneses are really just a bunch of folks in conference rooms changing “trends” rapidly to create fake monthly emergencies for us. OH NO! NOW IT’S A SUBWAY TILE BACKSPLASH WE NEED! No, thank you. Life offers plenty of REAL emergencies to handle, thank you very much.
Well, I’m a bit excited, because I’ve been listening to this artist’s albums all week, trying to decide which one I like the best – and deciding that I like them all! The artist who has bewitched me so is Paolo Nutini – whom you might think is Spanish, but in fact he is as Scottish as they come He’s huge in the UK, but not so much here in Australia, so I guess that’s why I haven’t heard of him before. His first album, These Streets, was released in 2006 when he was just 18 (!) and is a soulful pop album, which I think might be my favourite – except for when I put on his 2009 album Sunny Side Up, which has a more folky, rootsy sound and think that one is my favourite. His most recent album, Caustic Love was released in April of this year and has a completely different sound again – and I suppose that’s due to to the length of time between each album. Now, how on earth shall I pick a song to share with you?
I’m not a big watcher of television or movies my friends, so you won’t often get recommendations from me here – but this week I made a happy discovery: the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, an epic Scottish time travelling historical series that absorbed me for about 9 months a couple of years ago – has just been made into a series on television. It’s on pay TV and might not be showing in your part of the world yet…but the Bear and I watched the first episode of the first series last Sunday night – in bed, holding hands, with a cuppa no less – and it was one of the most blissful moments of my week. If you love historical adventure, drama, romance, magic realism, Scotland, medicine and gorgeous characters, then you will love this, I promise
Best Long Read:
I had been engrossed for some months reading a friend’s unpublished fantasy trilogy – and while it was wonderful, and I hope she gets it published real soon – there’s no point talking about it here because you can’t read it! I did finally finish it a couple of weeks ago, and immediately jumped into another book that I’ve been longing to read:
I love a book whose author has a deep and intimate love and knowledge of her characters, and conveys that love and knowledge to me, the reader. This is what I loved about the Outlander books that I was writing about above – the magnificent character development that makes me know and love the characters like my own family – and this is part of what I loved about The Signature of All Things as well. I love a book that can take a topic of little or no interest to me – the scientific community in the 19th century – and connect it to something I do love – the sacred mysteries of life. I love a book that grips me so much that I want to read it all the time – in the car, at half time in my son’s soccer game, in any 10 minute break in the day that suddenly appears. I love a book whose author knows how to write invisibly so that it skips the mind and enters the heart, to paraphrase Maya Angelou. This book does all of these things. Love
This made me smile – and anything that does that is a good thing, right?
I don’t really have any words to add to all of the many millions of words that have been written about the death of Robin Williams this week. We just loved you so much, Robin, and your death has made us so very sad. You know?
Have a beautiful week my friends, and when you are sad, know that you are loved. Oh yes, you are loved.