Things I Love Lately

Glenda Burgess’ blog is a must-read for me, but this post, Permission, struck me even more than usual.  “We are done with life when we cease to engage with our dreams.”  Oh yes.  How true this is.

I can’t stop listening to A Life That’s Good by Lennon and Maisy.  So, so good.  Makes me cry every time.  Thank you to Katie Den Ouden for knowing that I would love it and for sending to me (is there anything better than an email from a friend that says “I thought you might like this”?)

Recently I started reading Happy Healthy Kids and the site is a trove of useful information.  Last week’s post on the best TV shows for older children was really wise and full of good suggestions (and resonated with my kids’ recent passion for Survivor).

It was Julia Fierro who pointed me to Last Night’s Reading, which I fell into headlong and in love with at once.  Kate Gavino’s marvelous illustrations are coupled with quotes from writers that I kept writing down.  “We are always becoming.  It never stops.” – Richard Blanco.  “It’s my job as a writer to pay attention.” – James McBride. “We write to inform ourselves of ourselves.” – Julia Fierro.

I just finished Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot, which I really enjoyed, and am now reading Marilynne Robinson’s Lila.  As expected, it is grave and beautiful, solemn and powerful.

I write these Things I Love posts approximately monthly.  You can find the full archive of them here.

20 thoughts on “Things I Love Lately”

  1. I love your Things I Love Lately. I always find new things to love! The list of tv shows for older kids seems to be a gold mine. Can’t wait to explore! And I think I could spend hours of my life at Last Night’s Reading. Tumblr confuses me but this site might help me figure it out!

  2. Ooh, thanks for the Happy Healthy Kids link. I was not aware of this site and it does indeed have some good common-sense information.

  3. How have I not heard of the Stella Sisters yet? Wow. What a song! I might be buying myself a guitar just to pretend to be them.:)

    Thanks for sharing your loves–I needed this today!

  4. Great list! I really enjoyed The Marriage Plot as well–though liked Middlesex better, truth be told. It’s funny about Lila. I had a weird sort of thing happen the other day that I posted on IG when I was re-reading a particular passage in Still Writing where she mentions Housekeeping, which I apparently own and didn’t realize…anyway, too long to get into here, but I’m happy that I now have Robinson’s Housekeeping in my TBR queue now and hope to get to her others at some point too.

  5. What a great list! And I’ve loved that song on the show, but I hadn’t seen that video until you posted it here. Of course now I’ve had it on the background. Love it!!

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