Reading Matters: Mumbai, New York, Scranton: A Memoir!

Mumbai, New York,  Scranton by Tamara Shopsin Quirky and beautifully written, this book is essential reading. It starts as a real time memoir or reportage of a vacation in and around India – the pictures and text written and photographed with an immediacy that is very engaging and draws us into the story.  The book…

Reading Matters: Just Kids Patti Smith

Just Kids – Patti Smith “When you hit a wall, just kick it in” O Patti  – you are the opposite of me and the sum total of who I could have been had I but dared to venture.  Watching you live your life with passion and intent,  tracking the path it takes you  –…

5 Books to Read in September

Book Stack time and yes, I did jump the gun a little by reading 99 Stories of God in August but I couldn’t wait and as I wrote last week, it proved to be the perfect holiday read  – it just tickles me,  see below. Ha!  And its all like that  – short , pithy,…

Reading Matters: May

Two contrasting books this month – “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware and “the Rules do Not Apply” by Ariel Levy “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware “Life is a choice.  It is YOUR life.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness” Those who follow this blog know of my intense interest in life, what makes a life,…

Reading Matters “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage”

I have written before how much “Bird by Bird” by Ann Lamott works as a non-fiction-novel for me. A woman in faith, a writing woman, a woman with a view – these themes resonate with me, deeply. This week I am going to pair that book with “The Story of a Happy Marriage” by Ann…

“Shoot the Damn Dog”

I read Sally Brampton’s memoir of depression some years ago. I have never experienced the kind of depression that Sally described. Something has always lifted me higher and I know how lucky I am. But I was so very shocked this morning to pick up my newspaper and read of Sally’s death at 60. I…

The Purpose of Life

All my life I have wondered on this. What my purpose is, where will I  make a difference. I have sat and waited for something to happen.  Longing. I have asked for guidance and wondered often how come others find it so easy to find purpose and meaning in their life when nothing comes to…

“Late Fragments”

This is a book about Kate Gross who died young and wrote a book about it. In the process of her death, Kate prepared a “manual for life” chronicling her life and identifying ways to recognise what really matters and how to experience more wonder and awe. I would not hesitate to recommend this brave…

The Empty Bowls

Empty bowls are the symbol for my site. I chose the picture for the reason below but I never could articulate the words til i read them this morning. Thank you. “When you recognise that you will thrive not in spite of your losses and sorrows but because of them that you would not have…