I don’t want to talk about it. The phone call with my ailing elderly father that left me a jumbled mass of feelings as his decline becomes more and more evident.
I don’t want to talk about it, so I won’t.
How about we instead talk about books? The world always looks beautiful and comforting from behind a stack of books.
I’ve been in a bit of a book-buying frenzy lately, and have a literal stack of books by my reading chair waiting patiently to see which one wins my attention next.
confession: I’ve started several of these already and am “reading” them in bits and pieces. I guess I’m not always a very linear reader.
The E-Myth: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It (Michael Gerber): (Assigned Reading from the Big Fish Nation (http://www.bigfishnation.com) program coursework): Halfway through this one and boy does it have me thinking about our gardening business (http://www.signaturegardenscapes.com) — what process improvements can we make? What can / do we want to delegate? How much growth do we want? Yikes!
Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing what you want — and getting it! (Henriette Anne Klauser) (Assigned Reading from the Big Fish Nation program coursework): Warning: this whole write it down make it happen thing works!!
The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer) (Assigned Reading from the Big Fish Nation program coursework): Haven’t started this one yet, but I bet it’s a doozy!
New and Selected Poems Volume One (Mary Oliver): Ahhh, a respite into nature and its intertwinings into the emotions and actions of everyday life.
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (2nd ed) (by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.): Just finished this one, but had to include it here because it has profoundly changed the way I communicate. I thought I was a pretty good listener… but this takes it to a whole new level. Thanks for the recommendation, Nancy!
Rumi: The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting (translated by Coleman Barks): Rumi, ah Rumi. These poems take me to that incredible place beyond words (how ironic!). The “soul-meetings” are saturated with the emotions of connection. magic. pure magic.
The Essential Rumi (translation by Coleman Barks with John Moyne): Essential is right! I still don’t quite know exactly why Rumi’s poetry has such an effect on me. A wonderful mystery.
The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life (Julia Cameron): A glimpse into the life of a fabulous writer. This book helps me keep writing.
Leadership from the Inside Out: Becoming a Leader for Life (Kevin Chasman): Haven’t started this one yet… stay tuned for review!
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (Andrew Solomon): An amazing book that “examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms.” Some days I’m afraid to pick this up because I know I’ll recognize myself in there. Other days I pick it up because I know I’ll recognize myself in there.
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Eckhart Tolle): Haven’t started this yet, but I know it’ll be a good one!
Pitching My Tent: On Marriage, Motherhood, Friendship and Other Leaps of Faith (Anita Diamant): Got this one to see if I can get insights into how Anita grew her writing career. And it looked interesting anyway. And she’s really good-looking.
What are YOU reading these days?????