This is my symphony

What I read & what I lived …

What I read Catherine Ryan Hyde is a good read no matter what–the plots are simple, yet compelling; the characters, rich; the resolution, straightforward. (I wrote about two other titles here and here.) Her novel Walk Me Home didn’t disappoint. The story opens with sisters Carly and Jen running away from home in the dead …

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What I read In this time and place–a New Year, the raging pandemic, my own struggles– Rachel Joyce’s Miss Benson’s Beetle was the perfect read, what with its story of an unlikely sisterhood, adventure and derring-do, following a dream deferred. Margery Benson is a a spinster lady in post-war England. She teaches (in a quite …

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What I lived 18,000 pages read500 vlogs watched 150 podcast episodes150 home-cooked dinners75 masks sewn71 Amazon orders60 books47 emails to Friend Denice45 journal entries30 restaurant take-out dinners15 Revive & Thrive deliveries17 Facetime visits with grandkids12 stitched kitties10 blog posts written9 months 8 days camping6 pedicures5 haircuts5 online meditation groups4 trunks full to Goodwill3 embroidery projects1 …

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Great Pause #6 This week I accompanied my elderly mother to the hospital for an outpatient procedure. I was, to be honest, more than a little apprehensive. Covid, I was sure, lurked in every crack and crevice, covered every surface. And while I was able put those fears aside, the experience was eerie. Arrivals to …

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