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Recent Reads

Traveling Mercies:  Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (1999).  Sometimes rambling, generally entertaining look at the people and life experiences that assisted Anne Lamott in creating her personal brand of faith.

The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things by Courtney Elizabeth Mauk (2016).  [Disclaimer:  Read for free as a pre-release due to Kindle First.]  A year after Jennifer disappears after leaving an NYC nightclub with an unidentified man, we meet her parents and younger brother, thoughtfully explored through their internal thoughts and their views of each other, as they are after the worst imaginable experience for a family.  This book is going to stay with me for quite a while.  Great characters.  Sad story.  The ending--half of it I really liked; half of it didn't strike me as being possible.

We Come to Our Senses:  Stories by Odie Lindsey (2016).  Dark, gripping stories that cover the varied experiences of American service members after their return to the Southern United States.  Difficult to read, yet important to read.


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If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

The May selection for my work book club is Jon McGregor's If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002). The novel follows various individuals in one neighborhood on a particular day, an ordinary day that ends with a terrible tragedy.

Here's the short set of questions I e-mailed to book club members yesterday, along with my own responses.

Did you have a favorite character, or one that spoke to you the most? Who and why?
The father with the burned hands is the one who stayed with me the most after reading the book.

Did you notice that the day on which the events unfold is actually the same day that Diana, Princess of Wales, died? Does knowing that make any difference in how you see the story? I wouldn't have made the connection if I hadn't just watched some of the coverage of the Royal Wedding. To quote the author, he chose this particular day because his novel is about how ". . .everyday miracles of life and death go unwitnessed in favor of celebrity and sensati…

Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?