Tiny Stories, Tiny Tales

Sometimes it feels good to turn a new leaf. I wanted to do this with my blog: make it more of a running commentary of my life. I wanted to include more of the everyday things- not just books that I’m reading but what say, is on the stove or what I’ve been penning or what I’ve been staring at day after day.

One thing I’ve stared a lot at are violets. Violets are everywhere and around eleven years old or so, I got fascinated in them. I love their hues (they generally come in purple or in white) and I loved their tiny flowers shape. They pop up in lawns and gardens without any sort of coaxing or transplanting. So they’re hardy and they rove across the landscape like tiny purple and white minions. And so…restless violet.

Violets are restless by nature and I feel that I too like to be in everything, doing everything, seeing a lot.  There are so many things I want to do and so many things I wish to be better in and so this blog, I hope, will be a diary of this hunger and appeasement. I want to run across a lot of subjects here, I want to scatter around. There’s a lot of stuff on my mind and a lot of stuff I’m doing. I want a place to chat to you about that. So let’s go and please, always feel free to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Life Lessons from a Cardinal

Outdoor living is coming in fits and starts now that it’s June. Last week it was in the 90’s (30C) and today it is gentle and cool with thunderstorms passing by north and south, bringing coolness in the wake of their stormy skirts. The sun shines but the thunder rumbles nearby and my cats retreat farther indoors to snooze on chairs instead of near windows.

It is tempting to join them. The heat break means that deep good sleep is possible again. Even with air conditioning, I sleep poorly when it’s hot. I sleep best when it rains.

And it has been raining at night but in great torrid thunderstorms where the house shakes and the windows rattle. Sometimes I lie in bed as the thunderstorms march by and wonder at the fate of all the creatures and people living outside.

It is summer and I have no arguments with it. It’s too hard to argue with the seasons. On the beautiful days, I sip my breakfast tea outdoors and watch the birds and squirrels to start my day. There’s always a drama playing out in the backyard. My favorite is the cardinal who walks along the deck rail, casting his bright black eye here and there and then breaks into song until a robin kicks him out. When the coast is clear, he returns and does the same thing all over again. Despite my nearness, he doesn’t mind me at all and I adore his bright red plumage and courageous laughing heart. His song cheers my soul and I’ve come to recognize his particular song. It falls under the same lines as all cardinals but it has a bit of improvised trill at the end. I think he’s been hanging out with song sparrows and got Ideas.

He’s a hard individual to photograph (all flash and movement) but I’ve shared a photo of a cardinal from National Geographic so you can get the idea. He’s hard to ignore and is a permanent on the robins’ blacklist. I aspire to such a level of happy insouciance.

How to Get Through a Big Book

How to get through a Big Book and have a little fun too.

  1. Make and eat food mentioned in the book (big books always include food, usually in meticulous detail).
  2. Read a little bit each day.
  3. Make a soundtrack.
  4. Dress like a character from the book for a day. Or a week. Or a month if it really grabs you.
  5. Ten minutes to kill? Daydream about the landscape or what the characters are seeing as they move through their day.
  6. Read passages you enjoy out loud. If you’re in the right mood, record yourself reading passages and share it (Instagram is great for this). Include illustrations if you like (thank you, Shirin).
  7. Whip out a highlighter or some sticky tabs for those great parts.
  8. Pace yourself and remember, reading gigantic books isn’t a race. It’s about the journey. Might as well bring along snacks, good drinks, great lighting, and enjoy the ride.