Since life is slower these days, I'm reading lots and enjoying being at home. CA is busy with soccer and learning French and I am not so very busy with anything. I have margins! Room for life to expand and ready to embrace whatever is around the next bend.
I've found a couple of new authors and read a couple of new books by favorite authors.
Jami Attenburg's The Melting Season. She is a masterful writer. This is not my favorite from her, but definitely a fine read.
Charles Baxter's The Feast of Love. I'll read more of his. This one was a made-for-t.v. movie, but they used just a small part of the story. I actually didn't recognize the story until Diane decides to wear her lover's shirt to a party where she knows his wife will be present. Then, the pieces fell into place. This is a quirky read; well-imagined and written.
There're two coincidences with this book. The first is that Baxter refers to the Three Messiahs (prophets) of Yypsilanti--a reference that I find just a day or two after encountering them in John Ortberg's The Life You've Always Wanted (my third reading). Then, after reading about this feast, I unwittingly check out Keeping the Feast from our local small library.
Feasts everywhere. And, Ortberg reminds me once again of God's desire that I take the time to appreciate this blessed life he's given me. And that each life be punctuated by celebration.
Life is like that--connections everywhere. You just have to notice.
And most definitely I recommend, Paula Butturini's Keeping the Feast. This story resonates with me on so many levels--I'm almost exactly the same age as Ms. Butturini. My mother was a depressive and in our family, too, we lacked words for the illness. I love food, and believe strongly in the place good, healthy, traditional meals should play in our lives. I appreciate the overriding connections food makes throughout this true story of love, strength, faith, perseverance, frustration, and commitment. And, I ENVY the experiences the author has had living and working in Europe.