I am trying to minimize my time watching the news. Yes, it’s important to know what’s happening, but it also causes anxiety. So many people out of work, kids home from school, stock market collapse, not to mention the virus -- I worry for my family, friends and neighbors.
But I’m also optimistic that we will get through this and be better for it. I’m hopeful that this will give us time to slow down, be with family, be quiet and reflective, and be creative.
And there are so many great things to do and catch up on! (in case you’re looking for some ideas)...
Here’s a short list of a few good books I’ve read in the past 6 months...
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towle
The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Stroutt
I’ve come across a few things I might actually have time to check out. You might find something interesting here as well...
Hyperallergic.com - museums giving virtual tours of their collections
The Moth - hour-long personal stories about just about everything.
http://radio.garden - click on anywhere on the globe and gain access to an entire globe of radio stations!
Headspace - an app that offers great and easy ways to meditate. Maybe now is a good time to begin a practice?
This is an extraordinary time of uncertainty and stress and we are all affected. I sometimes find good spiritual books to be a source of comfort. Just about anything by Pema Chodron is good for calming the mind. Her book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, might be worth spending some time with. The Tao Te Ching has always resonated with me. My favorite translation is by Stephen Mitchell.
And Stay Tuned for my Water Collection Sale!
In the upcoming weeks I am excitedly working on many new pieces and I need to make room for them. I love my Water collection as do many of you. Moving these pieces is bitter sweet but I need to make room for new work. So, in about 2 weeks I will be offering the pieces I still have in my Water collection at a 30% discount. It’s going to be first-come-first-served event and I will give first dibs to the people on my email list as to the start of the sale. So if you haven’t already, go to my home page or contact page and sign up today!
Be well and stay well!