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…

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: Sacred Journeys in a Modern World

(In which the writer takes a series of sacred journeys walking side by side with with Roger Housden while never once moving from her office desk – what a week I’ve had :)) Sacred Journeys, songlines: these are a recurring theme in my life. The desire to connect, intersect, to deeply belong is the strongest…

Reading Matters: A Time of Gifts

(In which we (part) explore Europe (with Patrick Leigh Fermor), touch on Brexit, consider a new world order and the horrible events in Nice last week and ask for hope to find an answer) It has been fascinating to read this book in the light of Brexit. Patrick Leigh Fermor travels aged 18 from England…

Reading Matters “How to Stay Married”

(In which the writer explores a black gloom with Jilly Cooper, gets stuck with Milo (from the Phantom Tollbooth) in the doldrums, talks with Rhona Cameron about adoption, consults Walt Whitman and finally decides to make her peace) Black Glooms Black Glooms Jilly Cooper calls them. I have been stuck in once of these since…

Reading Matters “The Last Act Of Love “

This book makes me think of this: and this: and this: Down from Newcastle (on the train again) I read an article by Scott Keyser that tells us how our brain computes in threes and how we process information this way A staple of oratory, lists of three have been used for millennia, as they…

Reading Matters “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage”

I have written before how much “Bird by Bird” by Ann Lamott works as a non-fiction-novel for me. A woman in faith, a writing woman, a woman with a view – these themes resonate with me, deeply. This week I am going to pair that book with “The Story of a Happy Marriage” by Ann…

Pema Chodrun

I like Pema Chodrun. I especially like her work with lion’s roar. Here is an introduction and link to one of Pema’s ideas “How to Move Forward once you have Reached Rock Bottom” It’s worth a read if like me, you have ever wondered about life and why it is the way it is. When…