I apologize that my newsletter last week ended up with a blank image. I learned a lesson. Once sent, don’t change, not matter that the platform says you can. I think the thought I shared a stellar one, so I’m repeating it:
Thinking of my own work as a writer, I focus on the extraordinary in the everyday. The backbone of civilization is carried on those magnificent men and women who continue to get up every day, day in and day out, and do their best to cook good meals for others, wait on others, make all the things we need, tend our families and our homes. These are not the people who get accolades or show up on the news. These are people who keep life going. And these are the people whose lives fascinate me.
The editing on my own current work-in-progress has been derailed a number of times. I am easily distracted, but, in my defense, I am also preparing to move. It is time for a smaller house. This begs the question: What to keep, what to let go? The move is emotionally difficult, as is any move at any time, but I find that I am ready. Change comes. You cannot hold it back. I am ready to give up mowing acreage, part of it I never could mow myself, and tending a pool, and even a two story house. I am simplifying my life, making room for what is important to me.
I am, to my delight, reading a great deal again, and I want to pass along a couple of book recommendations. I finished the last books of the Vish Puri Series by Tarquin Hall. I enjoyed the series so much! My favorites were the first book of the series and the last. These are complicated books, with lots of characters, and a lot of foreign words. I found that I got lost at time, however, I liked the characters–they were real to me–especially Vish Puri himself, and his mother, Mummy, and kept on reading to find out what would happen with them. Imagine the mother of a hard-boiled detective. Love her! I wish Hall would write more books in the series.
For the fans of Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, there is a new one! The American Agent. This one is not to be missed, dear readers. I enjoyed this novel more than the previous three of the series. The time and setting of World War II always draws me in, as does Winspear’s ability to portray the small but important details and nuances in people and relationships. She leaves a lot to the reader’s imagination, too, not having to fill in every detail, therefore, I tend to read nearly every word. Winspear is a gift to the world. Get this book!
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I hope your move yo a simpler home is as wonderful as mine was. It was hard work and a challenge, but I am happy here.
Downsizing, for me, was stressful. I couldn’t imagine how it could be done. I laid awake nights trying to figure everything out. But in the long run, what a blessing. Our place now is just enough. And when moving day came, it all worked out beautifully. I loved our previous high maintenance home, but realize it always required more work than I wanted to do. Our furniture actually fits better in the layout of our smaller place. Blessings on your move.
You will be surprised at the gifts all this moving will give you. Just went through it myself and I’m still thankful for the surprise gifts—some letters from my mother—that keep popping their little heads up like daffodils whenever I start to feel the stress.
Thank you for introducing me to the Tarquin Hall books. Listened to all three and they were amazing. Good luck with the move!
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Thank you for your kindness in encouraging. I have in the past months gone through my mother’s things and did indeed find gifts. I surprise myself by what I am choosing to give up. My great-grandmother’s china cabinet and grandmother’s china will remain with son. The antique ‘Encyclopedia of Southern Literature’ will come with me. Why? Why? It is books, of course. I may want to read them some day. So glad to have another reader of Vish Puri. He is sooo cute!
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