My daughter is named after Maya Angelou, and I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes from her with you since she died yesterday.
"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."
"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
"Achievement brings its own anticlimax."
"I could fall in love with a Sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn't have to translate."
"There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth."
"I don't think there's such a thing as autobiographical fiction. If I say it happened, it happened, even if only in my mind."
"And if a person is religious, I think it's good, it helps you a bit. But if you're not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which lo…
Warriors series by Erin Hunt. Maya and I are reading the series together, and we just finished the fourth book. Although I'm not a "cat person," Maya likes Hunt's clan-based society of wild cats, including all that you would expect in a survival-based society--friendship, betrayal, romance, loyalty, fighting between clans, tons of hunting, and passing hunting and fighting skills along to the young (kits). Fireheart, originally born as a house cat (kittypet), is our favorite character--fierce, smart, loyal to a fault, and enough of an outsider to see the members of his adopted clan clearly.
Hard Time by Cara McKenna (2014). Romance blooms through letters between an inmate and the public librarian who spends a day a week working with the prisoners. What happens when their relationship has the chance to become more than just one on paper? Steamy, excellent read about two imperfect people unexpectedly finding each other.