This is my symphony

What I read & what I lived …

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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What I read Elizabeth McCracken’s novel Bowlaway is just about everything I want in a novel. The story is quirky, the characters unconventional, and the writing–oh, the writing! Think John Irving meets early Anne Tyler, then sprinkle it all with a dusting of magical realism. It’s Massachusetts. Early twentieth century. And Bertha Truitt is found …

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