I’m hoping that whatever faith or traditions you celebrate in your home, that you’re surrounded with love and light. In lieu of a formal Friday Fare, I’ll leave you with this link from one of my favorite blogs “Letters of Note.”
I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did, this would be on it.
Adult SpaghettiOs. This is something I can get behind.
2016 was the year we lost a lot of things and a lot of people. This was a beautifully written piece that interviewed some of Prince’s closest friends.
Listening to: Patti Smith’s performance in accepting Bob Dylan’s Nobel Peace Prize was evocative and her honesty was heart wrenching. And when she had to ask to start over the second verse? A beautiful moment of humanity.
Reading: Finished “Death Along the Spirit Road” by C.M. Wendelboe. I’m looking forward to reading his other two books. Also downloaded “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter” by Kate Clifford Larson. And while I was eagerly ready to read some non-fiction, the formatting is screwed up in the Kindle version. CURSES! So … will have to go to the library to get my Kennedy fix.
Fiction Update: Good things are happening. 🙂
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared this space with you all. Interesting articles abound out there on the Interwebs, here are some of the good things I’ve read recently …
This is what I wrote on Facebook about the following blog post: “I love Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. I love Dolly Parton in ‘Steel Magnolias.’ The song ‘Hard Candy Christmas’ damn near brings me to tears, so I can’t listen to it in public, but man … I’m grateful for Dolly Parton. Her talent is matched by her generosity. This is a nice ‘open letter’ to Ms. Parton.”
My husband and I recently realized that we need to take Queen’s live version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” off of our road trip mix CD that we have in my mom-mobile. (Eldest is repeating everything right now. Including a couple of choice “mommy words.” So we really don’t want him running around quoting Freddie Mercury’s lyrics, mmm-kay?) But did you ever wonder what it would look like if “Bohemian Rhapsody” was acted out literally? I didn’t either, but it’s brilliant.
This “guide” to the 2016 Williams-Sonoma catalog made me laugh. Then plot my order for personalized peppermint bark.
And although I have way too much crap going on, I think I need to make these for Christmas Eve and present them to my uncles. Because maple and bourbon.
Listening to: “Who the f*ck is Sturgill Simpson?” There are any number things that I loved about this piece in the New York Times talking about Simpson’s surprise nomination for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth”; but the biggest thing is the man’s attitude and humility. I also love the fact that he adored Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” Seriously … how cool is that?
Reading: Still reading “Death Along the Spirit Road” by C.M. Wendelboe. And while that’s pending, I’ve been doing some volunteer work getting this anthology ready for Kindle / eBooks. There are some damn good short stories in this book. Can’t wait for it to be available in e-format.
Fiction Update: Eh … I’ve been over-committing myself lately to other projects and distractions. HOWEVER, I’m on track to have a first draft of “Dragonfly” done by end of year. I’ve also been drafting a blog post that outlines some of the lessons learned from this year’s NaNoWriMo. Good things are happening.