Book Notes: Chit Happens

This holiday weekend I am loving this book from Narain Ishaya on the graceful art of surrender – what are you reading tonight?  

Reading Matters: May

Two contrasting books this month – “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware and “the Rules do Not Apply” by Ariel Levy “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware “Life is a choice.  It is YOUR life.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness” Those who follow this blog know of my intense interest in life, what makes a life,…

Reading Matters: April

  “I love you. I’m glad I exist.” I came to Amy’s party late and almost missed the boat. Amy died in March this year. Her recent prominence eminating from among other things, an exquisite love letter extolling the virtues of her husband, Jason and why he must be dated following her imminent death from…

Reading Matters: March

Two new books to review this month: Patricia Bosworth’s beautifully written memoir: The Men in my Life – a memoir of love and art in the 1950s Manhattan A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy by Sue Klebold, mother of shooter Dylan Klebold – a book described by the Guardian as…

Reading Matters: February

Moonlight – Best February Movie. Its Sunday today and the Oscars tonight and I can only hope for recognition for this exhilarating, life affirming movie. The film tells the story of Chiron, a young black man grappling with his sexuality while growing up poor in Miami, at three pivotal points in his life. There’s a…

Reading Matters: January

Overview Living, dying, birds, art, life: beautiful prose-poem short stories from Lydia Davis and American history; January reading has been a good clear start – eclectic, rich and satisfying. Birds, Art, Life by Kyo Maclear This is a book of small things and shares a year of observations. The book’s small blocks of writing have…

Reading Matters: The Door in the Wall

This book – a Newberry Medal winner – has travelled with me over the years because it offers a real definition of faith. Set in medieval times, Robin the son of a noble man has grown up understanding his destiny is that of a nobleman and that he must learn the ways of knighthood. But…

Weekend Matters: Carrot Cake

Some weekends call for cake. And this was beautiful – a sticky, moist, rich-textured cake, topped with thick, creamy American frosting – unbeatable. We ate large slices outdoors in a brief burst of brilliant hot yellow sunshine lost all too quickly between the heavy rain-clouds and high winds that blew in from the west. The…

Reading Matters: Travels with Charley

This book was a good match, mirroring so completely on my own inner restlessness Summary It is 1960 and the author John Steinbeck sets off with his French Poodle, Charley “In Search of America”.   Charley gets to ride shot-gun in their truck – a sort of wagon with a hut on the back  …

Reading Matters: Reasons to be Cheerful Parts 1,2 and 3

So, do I write from the heart or do I follow the crowd and endorse this? First, you should know I write from the heart always. Second the quote in the side panel is great writing – better than that –  it gives me another piece of the  jigsaw puzzle that is my life (up…

Reading Matters: Warming the Stone Child

“Whenever there is adoption, there is its corollary, abandonment” Meredith Resnick, Psychology Today This sound book ( I can find no written word copy) is extraordinarily powerful for those of us ready to listen. Depth When we drop a small pebble into the river, the smooth, unspectacular surface penetrates down, down, down beneath the surface…

Reading Matters: Ask Polly

(In which the writer finally sees the importance of kindness in this “fucked up stupid world”, talks to Heather Havrilevsky through her advice column, Ask Polly and remembers an eventful week in France). Kindness My adoptive parents were extraordinarily kind. I am crying writing this because it has taken me so long to accept this…