What We’re Reading – Poetry


You will find me frequently quoting from the writings of John O’Donohue, an Irish poet/priest, whose words always cause me to go deeper.  This timely (or rather timeless) selection comes from his final book, Benedictus – A Blessing.  Thanks to a dear friend, Vi, for reminding me of it.

This is the time to be slow

Lie low on the wall

Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let

The wire brush of doubt

Scrape from your heart

All sense of yourself

And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,

Time will come good; And you will find your feet

Again on fresh pastures of promise,

Where the air will be kind

And blushed with beginning.

2020-05-26T15:07:07+00:00May 10th, 2020|Minding Our Minds|5 Comments

What We’re Reading – Books

Recent Reads

You’ll quickly learn that my inability to focus on one thing at a time seeps over into my reading habits.  I’m never into only one book.  I usually have 2-3 going at the same time.  (I’m inserting links to Amazon here because that’s where I buy all my books).

My book club just finished Anne Patchett’s The Dutch House.  I read it a while ago and I do recommend it.  It’s a generational tale that centers on the lives of two very different complex siblings, their  thorny childhoods and their inability to leave their past behind.

On audio, I just finished American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins about the immigration journey of a Mexican mom and her son fleeing to the border.  The novel has met with lots of criticism as readers find flaws in the depiction of the main character.  NPR interviewed Cummins about the novel and its impact.  You can listen to that interesting conversation here.

Loved reading City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende and What She Knew by Gilly MacMillian.

Now reading The Book of Longings […]

2020-05-26T17:14:32+00:00April 28th, 2020|Minding Our Minds|4 Comments