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 . . .
- When I’m in social overload, I should spend more time with my cats or my neighbor’s dog. Petting a friendly animal is good for the brain—and soul.
- How to tell the difference between a panic attack and a heart attack
- Koko the gorilla famous for learning a modified form of sign language died last week. Love Koko and her kittens—so sweet.
- Have you heard of the Open Streets Project? I wish we could do it in Chicago.
- Some quick ways to declutter based on how much time you have.
- Based on best-selling memoirs from a father and son, this movie looks achingly beautiful and heart wrenching. All the tears watching the trailer.
- Because spreading love and kindness is a good thing.
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.