Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and comings and goings.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and comings and goings.

I’m heading into a busy social and travel month, with two weddings (one in Turkey), family visits, friend visits, a trip to Denver, and my upcoming summer vacation.

While I’m so happy to see friends and family and to have so many fun things to do, the introvert in me is kind of freaking out. It’s times like these that I take a few deep breaths and remember that I can always carve out a little quiet time.

Do you need quiet time or do you prefer more social time? Whatever your preference, I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak and The Best Worst Americans by Juan Martinez.

I’ve long had the author Elif Shafak on my list to read. So far, I’m loving The Forty Rules of Love. It’s a story within a story. One story is the modern-day story of Ella Rubenstein, a 40-year old woman unhappy in her marriage. She is assigned a manuscript to read for her new job at a literary agency. That manuscript is the other story—it’s a fictional story about the poet, scholar, and Sufi mystic Rumi and his relationship with whirling dervish Shams of Tabriz.

I love Rumi and his poetry, and Sufism and dervishes fascinate me so this is right up my alley. Besides, it’s about the topic of love, and I am a sucker for love.

I just started The Best Worst Americans, and I don’t know much about it other than it’s a collection of short stories published by a small press. An independent bookseller recommended the book to me, and I love supporting small presses, so I decided to check it out. I’ll let you know how it is.

I’ve been listening to . . . Everything But the Girl and Tracey Thorn.

One of my all-time favorite bands has been Everything But the Girl. I followed them through all their evolutions, from their indie beginnings in 1982 to their “sophisti-pop” jazz/popular music style shortly after to their “easy listening” phase to their sort of electronica heyday in the 90s.

Now singer Tracey Thorn (of EBTG) has a new solo album out called Record. I don’t love it . . . yet. But I’m liking this song. And I’m so happy to hear her singing again. I was also happy to hear her interview on NPR’s Fresh Air. 

Listening to her and listening to EBTG brings back such good memories. EBTG’s music was part of the soundtrack of my life from the 80s to the early 2000s.



(Photograph by Jackson Hirsch.)

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