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What’s on my nightstand: March 2017

Paperweight

“The knack to flying lies in the throwing yourself at the ground and learning to miss.” – quote by Douglas Adams, rock inscribed by my friend Matt

Adult Fiction

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Contents May Have Shifted, by Pam Houston
Dora: A Headcase, by Lidia Yuknavitch

Non-fiction

Whip Smart, by Melissa Febos
The Places That Scare You, by Pema Chödrön

Short Story

Bloodchild, by Octavia Butler

Poetry

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, by Joy Harjo

Young Adult Fiction

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Children’s Picture Book

A Handful of Quiet, by Thich Naht Hahn

Magazine

The New Yorker
The SUN
The Week

Newspaper

The New York Times

Bookmark

The New Yorker subscription card

Lip balm

HURRAW! moonbalm

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What’s on my Nightstand: February 2017

Adult Fiction

Contents May Have Shifted, by Pam Houston
Dora: A Headcase, by Lidia Yuknavitch

 

Non-fiction

The Places That Scare You, by Pema Chödrön
Unnatural Selection, by Mara Hvistendahl
The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan
Citizen, by Claudia Rankine

 

Short Story

Sonny’s Blues, by James Baldwin
Bloodchild, Octavia Butler

 

Poetry

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, by Joy Harjo
The Art of Peace, by Morihei Ueshiba

 

Young Adult Fiction

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli

 

Children’s Picture Book

The Blue Whale, by Jenni Desmond

 

Magazine

The New Yorker
The Week

 

Newspaper

The New York Times

 

Bookmark

The New Yorker subscription card

 

Lip balm

HURRAW! black cherry lip balm

 

Bowl with apples & peanut butter

Field Day organic crunchy and salted peanut butter

 

Model

Zuca
Jack Russell Terrier (age 9)

What’s On My Nightstand: January 2017

Adult Fiction

Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
The Small Backs of Children, by Lidia Yuknavitch

Poetry

Call Me By My True Names, by Thich Naht Hahn
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, by Joy Harjo
ORIGINAL CHILD BOMB by Thomas Merton

Non-fiction

The Places That Scare You, by Pema Chödrön
Unnatural Selection, by Mara Hvistendahl
Metaphors We Live By, by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson
Break Every Rule, Carole Maso

Young Adult Fiction

The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin

 Children’s Picture Book

A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Phillip and Erin Stead
Lon Po Po, by Ed Young

Magazine

The New Yorker
The Week

Newspaper

The New York Times

Bookmark

Shout Out Philly – Raising the volume on progressive activism in Philadelphia

Lip balm

HURRAW! black cherry lip balm

Bowl, palo santo wood

Patagonia, AZ

Stones

gift of Kelly Moreno

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“Original Child Bomb,” by Thomas Merton, c. 1961 (signed copy)

GET YOUR HEAD ON STRAIGHT.

This morning I woke up to this email in response to yesterday’s post:

getyourheadonstraight

My second reaction was to share the story my friend told me last night over sweet potato tacos. On Saturday as she and her husband turned onto 14th and Constitution in front of the National Museum of African American History – pressed body to body, sign to sign – a man wearing a red “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” hat drove a motorized wheelchair at a diagonal through the crowd, in the direction opposite the marchers. They simply smiled and parted to let him pass, where he continued to press through the crowd, against the tide.

Free expression has its place. So do civility and kindness and respect.

I’d say more about this, but I just made a really beautiful zucchini frittata. I’ve got petitions to sign and phone calls to make and friends who build bonfires in their backyards and host sign-making dance parties in their living rooms, kids and dogs included.

LOVE, baby. That’s where it’s at.

Featured image: Make America Love Again patch from Pins Won’t Save the World, Sagmeister & Walsh

What’s on my Nightstand: November 2016

Adult Fiction

Artful, by Ali Smith

Swing Time, by Zadie Smith

The Art Lover, by Carole Maso

The Elegant Gathering of White Snows, by Kris Radish

Young Adult Fiction

Beholding Bee, by Kimberly Newton Fusco

Poetry

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, by Joy Harjo

Why I Wake Early, by Mary Oliver

Non-fiction

Beauvoir and The Second Sex – Feminism, Race, and the Origins of Existentialism, by Margaret A. Simons

Break Every Rule, by Carole Maso

Memoir

The Pink Marine, by Greg Cope White

Truth and Beauty, by Ann Patchett

Magazine

The New Yorker

The Week

Newspaper

The New York Times

Bookmark

“May your day be as beautiful as you are,” by scrane1970

Lip balm

HURRAW! moon balm

Pin

Dream Girl, by PINtervention

don’t die wondering

On Saturday morning I was talking with my parents and I shared an anecdote about one of my favorite teachers, Dr. Wayne Dyer: last week, he posted on Facebook that he keeps a suit in his closet with the pocket cut out. It’s a reminder that when he’s gone, he won’t be taking anything with him.

On Sunday, I learned that Dr. Wayne Dyer had died in his sleep overnight. I cried when I learned the news (not for him, of course, because he’s on to greater adventures), but for all of us who have benefited from his teaching. I’m sad because I can no longer learn what he is thinking about Today.

One of the most lasting messages of Wayne Dyer will be “don’t die with your music still inside you.” Don’t wait until you’re gone to do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do.

I fell asleep on Sunday night listening to one of Wayne Dyer’s audio recordings, comforting myself that I can honor him by making his teachings new for me again. Then I woke up on Monday and got to work on my book.

In honor of Dr. Wayne Dyer, answer these questions for yourself:

At the end of your life, what are the things that you don’t want to die wondering?

What do you not want to leave undone, unlearned, unloved, or unsaid?

Start today.

viva l’italia!

Today marks Day One of a thirty-day travel adventure. In about six hours I’ll be boarding a flight for Rome, then I’ll travel by train to the small town of Assisi in Perugia. Once in Assisi, I’ll spend four days wandering, sitting in cathedrals, writing, eating, drinking (“il vino della casa , per favore!”), watching paint dry, and listening to the saints.

After Assisi I’ll return to Rome, where an unanswered question awaits – one that I’ve been aware of since September, but won’t understand until I get there…

If there’s a good story to be told, I’ll scribble it in one of the plain brown Moleskine journals I always carry. Perhaps a few stories will hit the blog, but I’m going to do my best to enjoy life offline so that I don’t miss a thing. I know that I’m one lucky duck to have 30 days of adventure ahead of me, and I’m humbled and grateful.

Tell me a story

While I’m away, tell me a favorite travel story. I LOVE a good story.