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…

Mapping the Way Home

Mapping the Way Home: the Sufis and the Three Stages of Spiritual Awakening Food, body image and self-acceptance have run like a royal road right through my life.  Food is and was my safety, my comfort and my security, my north star through a difficult childhood adoption spent in fear of abandonment and fear of…

The Mid Summer Fire

June contains a great turning pointing in the year as the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, pauses there for a moment on June 21st and then begins the descent back towards Autumn and Winter. The date was marked by our farming ancestors as a date to remember that all would turn again…

Reading Matters: You, A Bike and A Road by Eleanor Davis

    Looking out from my desk at work through the long gallery of windows that line my side office –  I  find myself watching the wind catch the tops of the tree branches and how they exalt in the wind’s embrace.  And it stirs my soul: deep and powerful.  It’s the call of the…

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  –…

A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin

“Life changes in the instant.  The ordinary instant” Joan Didion This book  “A Life of My Own” is a class act written by a very classy lady who has lead an extraordinary life built on the very ordinariness of life and I loved it. Slightly dull in the beginning with some early scene setting, the…

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…