On one level things have been very calm – even boring – these last months. On another level it’s intense. I can tell I’m not quite as fine as I think, because despite beautiful summer weather and plenty of pleasant and enriching things to do, I have watched the entire Gilmore Girls series, all eight years of it. Twice.
This past week, I witnessed a beautiful sunset, ate a perfect tomato, and gathered safely and joyfully with a few dear friends by the water. I finished a satisfying project at work, planted a new flowering vine, and pedaled so hard on a bike that my heart was pounding. I walked through the woods on a crisp early morning, drank a delicious glass of wine, and viewed a movie featuring one of the greatest superheroes of all time.
Friends, sometimes we need to retreat, even from the good parts. Time spent staring at an old tv show might not be optimal, but it’s understandable. And then we hear news of a chance that’s passed or a life cut short, and realize all over again that even in the strangest and toughest of circumstances, we are so fortunate to be here, with at least one more chance or one more day before us.
Right here, right now.
It might be harder to travel on vacation this year, but with a good book we can always get away.
Many of you have kindly asked how to support our new book publication, Month of Sundays especially in this time of fewer events and gatherings. Thank you for asking!
And in case you missed it last week, we are delighted to share our summer book list, just in time for this last stretch before Labor Day. In honor of Independent Bookstore Day (a worthy holiday if ever there was one), we also are testing a neat site called Bookshop, where our lists of favorites link to your local indie bookstore.