“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” —John Muir
When we lived in Boston and had access to the most fabulous public transportation system (if my loyalties to the MBTA went unswayed in the midst of horrible delays and cancellations during last year’s treacherous winter, I think it is fair to count myself as one of this transit system’s greatest enthusiasts), C and I didn’t have a car.I loved everything about not having a car — the financial savings, the absence of stress about traffic and parking, not having to worry about having a designated driver when we went out — and it was with a somewhat heavy heart that I realized we would need to buy a vehicle when we moved to Rhode Island. Read more
What am I most grateful for this month? I am grateful for my extended family.One of my aunts recently got married and celebrating this milestone with my parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles felt like a bubble bath and a glass of wine for my soul.
What am I least grateful for this month? On the one hand, I am surprisingly accepting of the fact that my new job is part-time.Thanks to C’s graduate student stipend, we can make ends meet — wihile also saving a little and having some fun, though we do live quite simply — with me only earning a part time salary, and I have welcomed the extra time that I have to read, cook, spend time with C, and write.On top of that, I really love my job, and I would rather be earning fifty percent and loving what I do one hundred percent than the other way around.On the other hand, I have been feeling guilty about only working part-time and also about not using my non-working hours more efficiently.I am not grateful for these feelings of guilt and I would like to spend October thinking about what I need to do to remedy them.In particular, I would like to think about how I can make my non-working hours more productive and satisfying. Read more
I love coming-of-age novels, stories with strong female characters, and books that provide glimpses into the everyday lives of people in different eras and areas. Betty Smith nailed my criteria for a good read with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It is the type of book that I know I will reread numerous times throughout my life, and at the times when I’m choosing to delve into new books instead of revisiting old favorites, I can gather a shot of strength and inspiration from quotes like this one.
I’m not sure how we got to be talking about human evil, but when we somehow did a few weeks ago, my mom told me about a book that she read years ago on the topic: The People of the Lie, by Scott Peck.Barely remembering its details, my mom hesitated to recommend the book, but she did tell me that she read it twice. That was enough of a recommendation.I requested a copy from the library.Read more