This afternoon, about 5:15 pm on April 15th. A moment captured. A candle lit as I listen to a zoom meeting on prayer and lamentation. The sweet planter recently added to my window sill. The sun outside, shining on the trees, making the greens seem to glow. Thinking about a world where we link arms to do the good work. Hello to paying attention to such a moment as this.
Do you know Oliver Jeffers? He writes the most wonderful books for children and the grown ups who read with them. I first met this author when my daughter brought one of his early books for me when she was studying in the U.K. I was smitten and have acquired almost all of his books. One of our favorite gramma time books is Here We Are. Wonderful art, pages full of good words and so much to look at and talk about.
But right now, I feel a bit like Floyd in the book stuck. Floyd’s kite get stuck in a tree and over the course of the day, Floyd throws larger and larger things at the tree trying to get that kite unstuck.
I think it is time to say hello to curiosity, pondering and reflection. I have been reading The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman. There are some wonderful practices at the end of each chapter and that feels like a good place to begin getting unstuck. Anyone else feeling a bit stuck these days? I would love to hear how you get unstuck too.
What a lovely weekend. Here are just a few highlights.
I love my library! I read about this book and couldn’t wait to share it with our budding reader. The illustrations are wonderful, pages full of so many things to look at and talk about, rhyming text, and reminders of the importance of books and imagination.
I took a little walk about in the garden and was excited to see that the poppies are coming back after being nibbled by the bunnies. We have a week full of gardening weather so you know where I will be.
One more sock finished and the mate will soon follow. I am so happy that I set this beautiful yarn aside while I learned more about sock knitting.
I have changed some things in my reading life. I dug out my Kindle Paperwhite, charged it up, and set it next to my bed. Then I searched my library website for more ebooks. I was disappointed to see that some of the titles I want to read are not available in ebook form – yet. But I did find some good titles. I have begun reading for at least 30 minutes before hitting the pillow and with my first cup of coffee in the morning. And I am able to read while knitting the round and round parts of my current projects which gives me even more reading minutes. Using my Paperwhite also helps me avoid the temptation to check email or Instagram too.
Last week I watched a PBS episode on Flannery O’Connor and I am currently reading Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith. I put a hold on A Good Man is Hard to Find and other stories from the library (which has just reopened for limited visits). The new Ken Burns series on Hemingway started this week and I am looking forward to reading the book that accompanies that series. I haven’t given up on print books but for now, this is helping to to give my reading life a boost.
And I see that the weather is promising to warm up so the next reading boost will be setting up the hammock for some lovely afternoon reading outside. Happy Weekend!