My emotions are like a yo-yo these days. I get my first vaccine and I feel optimistic. Then our state leadership opens everything back up, and I am in the pits of despair. I start hearing about more people being able to get shots and I begin to feel more hopeful...Then I hear that our library is opening up completely, even the 100-person meeting rooms, no masks required, and none of the staff has yet been vaccinated, and I see red and write angry emails to the head of the library and the county commissioners who made the decision and our governor...
Do you have any useful ideas for me to keep from these wild fluctuations of mood?
Dusk Night Dawn: On Revival and Courage by Anne Lamott (Author Event)
See You On Down the Road: A Retirement Journal by Leon Hale (Author Event)
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Foster (1001 Children's Books)
One Hundred Poems from the Japanese edited by Kenneth Rexroth (Japanese Literature Challenge)
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Mood-Boosting Books)
Yes, and...Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr (Daily Meditation Reading)
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Chapter-a-Day Read-Along)
All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot (Mood-Boosting Books)
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiko Tanizaki (Japanese Literature Challenge)
Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson (1001 Children's Books)
The Little Book of Lent (Daily Reading During Lent)
Three authors came (virtually) to Houston last week. British author Kazuo Ishiguro spoke via Inprint about his newest book, Klara and the Sun, on Sunday night. Babette Fraser Hale, wife of longtime newspaper columnist Leon Hale, spoke for her ailing almost-centenarian husband about his new book, See You On Down the Road, on Wednesday via Brazos Bookstore. Author Anne Lamott spoke about her new book, Dusk Night Dawn, on Thursday via Brazos Bookstore.
During National Poetry Month in 2020, the Academy of American Poets asked readers to share a poem from its Poets.org collection that helped them find "courage, solace, and actionable energy." The month culminated in a Shelter in Poems live event.
Good Thing #1: 3 Good Things
I signed up for a "pathway to happiness" using Greater Good in Action three weeks ago.
Look at what my practice is for Week 3.
Good Thing #2: Our Second Vaccine
We were able to get our second vaccine last week, and a sore arm was our only side effect.
We will be fully immunized on March 24th. Happy Day!
Good Thing #3: 2021 Picture Books
I started reading picture books for the 2021 Cybils. I know, I know, it's a bit early. The three books I read last week were all very good: Eyes That Kiss in the Corners; Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson; and Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell.
And, listen, you do not need to have a physical child in your life as an excuse to read picture books. Picture books are for all ages.
I'm happy you found your way to the Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.
Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:
- What was your week like?
- Read any good books? Tell us about them.
- What other bookish things did you do?
- What else is going on in your life?
Other places where you may like to link up over the weekend are below. Click on the picture to visit the site.
My linkup for Sunday Salon is below.