The kids and I joined Lots to Gardens this afternoon to plant seedlings. We planted broccoli and cauliflower, two of the kid's favorite brassicas. The seedlings will grow in the greenhouse until later this spring/early summer when they will be planted in community gardens to help feed local folks.
The dust settled and the crying stopped and the rebuilding began. And the beauty of the breakdown is that in its aftermath I found clarity, once again, about who I am, what I need, what I love, how I want to live, and what my mission is.
Enthralling alternative history, fantasy version of early 19th century America. A past-that-wasn't; a land hauntingly familiar in the throes of territorial dispute and conquest, religion and folklore, industry and invention.
I'm not reading these but they are worth mentioned as this book series is adored by all my children, ages 15, 13, & 12; a rare gift of literary connection in otherwise diverse interests and reading levels.
Another gorgeous Beth Powning book. Took longer for me to get into, different style than Shadow Child but similar lyrical prose and the same yearnings. A lot of stickie tabs in the margin. Just lovely.
Seeds of Summer (in Canada). Essays and photography of home, nature, 70s back to the land movement, creative living, making home, living a life imagine; practically in my back yard of New Brunswick. Beautiful.
My favorite type of writing all combined: a good story, a mother's memoir written with gorgeous metaphor, lyrical prose, all grounded in nature and beauty. I read this with commonplace book in hand and savor each word. A Canadian Katrina Kenison. 6/5.
A different kind of book for me, yet familiar in the "middle-aged-woman-examining-her-life" style I enjoy. A book about words and books and finding meaning, story, and structure in the written word (within native culture).
I've probably read less than a handful of murder mysteries but I am loving this book. Fascinating setting and plot, engaging Québec storyline, well written characters and laugh out loud dialogue. 5 stars.
Understanding Quebec, its history, culture and people is an important part of making this province my home. I am thoroughly enjoying Grescoe's "unsentimental journey through Quebec" and have gained helpful insights.
A perfect fall read. Poignant, melancholy, yet bright with beauty and love. A memoir about growing up during a Maine mill town's golden years, specifically the early 60s. Heartwarming and deeply engaging as both an historical and personal account.