Saturday, January 24, 2015

wishful thinking

Call it wishful thinking, but I took the weather forecast--SNOW--seriously this weekend. I stocked up on food and supplies. I committed myself to three writing projects. And, I went to the bookstore. I truly believe this quote by Stephen King:

Maybe I went a little overboard.
Just this past week I finished a rather eclectic group of books. One, "The End of Unbelief" by Shane Hayes, addresses some of the same issues I'm dealing with in my WIP, a book on faith...or the lack of it. I finished a book of short stories by Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro. And, in anticipation of the arrival in March of our first grandchild, a boy, I read "Operating Instructions" by Anne Lamott, a journal of her son's first year of life written with her customary sense of humor and self-deprecation.
This weekend I selected an equally diverse group of books. I picked up "Adultery" by Paulo Coelho because I love literary fiction, and I mean, how much better can you get?

On a lighter note I bought "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Several of my fellow writers on Facebook commented enthusiastically about it this week, so I figured that was good enough for me. Then, when I checked it out, the woman at the register also raved about it.

  Finally, I gave in and picked up "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking.

The question, "How did the universe begin?" is the one thing that still stands between me and my understanding of God. The back cover assures the reader that this issue is discussed "in language we can all understand...."
I beg to differ. My head is already spinning with terms like absolute time and relativity, and with the theories of Aristotle, Newton, and Einstein. And I'm only on page 22. Nevertheless, I'm going to give this a shot.
What I need now is not just a passing snow storm, but an authentic blizzard. I need to be snowed in for a couple of days, maybe even weeks (like last winter), with nothing better to do than to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Today's storm was a bit of a letdown, so I'm hoping tomorrow's will do the trick. Thinking wishfully...
 What attracts you to the books you choose to read?

In light of last week's news coverage about the mother who set her baby on fire, my friend and fellow writer, Hana Haatainen-Caye, invited me to post something about postpartum psychosis, as well as a few thoughts about responsible reporting. You can read it on her site, If you're interested in environmental issues, her blog also offers excellent tips for living an environmentally responsible life style. Check it out!



  1. I hope this storm is a disappointment also though cold temperatures keep me inside more than snow. I love to be out in a fresh snow but tomorrow I have to drive.
    Like you, I read many different kinds of books. My children recommend some and friends the others and sometimes I've heard good reviews.

    1. This turned out to be an epic snow flurry for us. Still, drive carefully!