Posts Tagged ‘reading Orange’

the birdI was listening to Scott Simon on NPR this morning as I walked on the trail.  He started a story about the death of Corazon Aquino with a quote from an interview she did in 1985: 

 “Sometimes life does not proceed as you expected it to.
You must deal with the circumstances you’re in.”

And that made me think, how did I expect life to proceed?  I never imagined these regular walks on this beautiful trail, trying to get a good picture of “the bird”, listening to NPR, picking blackberries on the return trip.  I think I always knew I would be married, would be a mom, and teaching is not a surprise.  But there are bits and pieces of life that never entered my idea of tomorrow or my dreams of someday.  I haven’t had the life that Corazon Aquino had.  Nothing so dramatic or eventful.  But this life that I do have, it is a good life.  And there are still circumstances to deal with , surprised around the corner. 

I finished reading Home by Marilynne Robinson .  It was a good story, lots to think about.  I need to go back and read Gilead now, to find out more about Ames.  I liked these characters.  I want to hear more about them.  I want them to keep on telling their stories. 

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moleskines 003Just a week into summer break and the routine has definitely shifted.  The days have a different shape when you don’t have to be at work by 7:30am.  So I am taking the time to catch up on creative pursuits.  I have more of these little moleskin notes books than I thought so I have transformed a few – using a white ink pen to doodle on the front of one that I am using for a summer Bible study notebook.  The other is covered with a lovely fabric that I used to make a summer tote.  I am keeping track of my summer reading and ideas for quilts in this little notebook.  Then I re-purposed this blue bag.  I bought it in Hay-on-Wye a few summers ago.   It was a simple bag but it needed a lining and a bit of shaping so I made good use of my seam ripper and spent a morning putting it back together.  Now it is the perfect size to carry a moleskin and my camera on our trail walks. 

I have finished two books for the Orange reading project.  Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna and  What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn.  I would definitely recommend What Was Lost and Inglorious is a very interesting story – gets a bit thick here and there but still a good thinking read.  Next up is Home by Marilynne Robinson.  Yes, I am rather enjoying this summer routine.

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reading orange 007Recently I have found myself draw to books that have been on the list or have won the Orange Prize.  And then I found out that July is Orange month so I am taking the plunge.  I have this lovely book diary that I have been altering so I added a pocket for my Reading Orange book list.  Currently I am reading Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna which won the prize for new fiction last year.  There is something very compelling about the story of a woman who walks off the job and then struggles to figure out a new path.

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