“writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. we are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. it's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. you can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.”
- anne lamott


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Model Mormon

"Belonging is being somehwere you want to be, and they want you. Fitting in is being somewhere where you want to be, but they don't care one way or another." -Brene Brown

When Mary wept at the feet of the Savior, mourning Lazaru's death, how did Christ react? Did he say, 'stop being drmatic. I would fix it if you would just calm down and listen to me"?
Jon 11:35: Jesus wept.

Surely if God wants me to be a model, he wants me to be famous.

"One of the most shocking findings of my work was the idea tat the most compassionate people I have interviewed over the last thirteen years were also the absolutely most boundaried... Boundary is simply what's okay and what's not okay. What i think we do is we don't set boundaries. We let people do things that are not okay or get away with bheaivors that are not okay, and then we're just resentful and hateful. Me? I'd rather be loving an dgenerous and very straight forward with what's ok and what's not okay." - Brene Brown

Samuel M Brown, First Principles and Ordinances. "we tend to like things to be the same for every person." --analogy of high and low blood pressure to grace v work. Different interventions for different situations.

I considered myself faithful when I ended relationships when I discovered that they were actually complex humans with stories more complicated than what I thought were supposed to fill the pages of good, faithful priesthood holders' tales.

"the strain of believing in unbelieving times...is a stimulus and a prod. It is precisely out of such strains that creative work issues forth" - Richard Bushman

Richard Rohr: Falling UPfward
Beverly Campbell: Eve and the Choice Made in Eden

Thursday, September 6, 2018

It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come our real work,

and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

The impeded stream is the one that sings.

– Wendell Berry

Monday, March 19, 2018

Books that defy category

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/23/573053135/just-trust-me-in-praise-of-strange-books?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral

(includes Hope Jahren's book!)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Books by women of color

https://electricliterature.com/46-books-by-women-of-color-to-read-in-2018-70a0bf5bf4f2

Monday, January 1, 2018

Books recommended by friends

Juliet  by Anne Fortier
Little Fires Everywhere (Autumn)
Wild Swans (Pete)
Boys in the Boat
When Breath Becomes Air (Brittney Olson)
Wangari Maathai autobiography (Tori)
Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman
Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System
Children and other Wild Animals by Brian Doyle (Lizzie)
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Lilith's Brood by Octavia Butler
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Homegoing Yaa Gysi (Julia)
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Vegetarian by Han Kang (Emily Match)
Far From the Tree
The Hate You Give
 Turtles All the Way Down
We're Okay (Esther)
Assassin's Apprentice (Josh Kutterer)
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald (Jason Kerr)
The Dark Lord of Derkholm
Diana Wynne Jones (Mattathias)
Personal History by Katharine Graham (Alissa Gardner)
Guy Gavriel Kay (Heather)
Cinder (Ginny)
The Book of Swords
Without You, There Is No Us: My Days with the Sons of North Korea's Elite" by Suki Kim
"Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window" by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (Melanie)
The Warmth of Other Suns (Adam Ford)
Half the Sky
God Grew Tired of Us
 Call the Midwife
A Fine Balance
All the Light We Cannot See
East of Eden (Jenn)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Becca Hay)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Gig Economy

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/books/review-nomadland-jessica-bruder.html?_r=0