Read With Us: Fever

Back At It

I'm feeling much better.

Tom is safely back home.

In other words, I'm settling.  It's Monday.  Time to . . . 


(On Monday mornings, I share a few things I found over the weekend.)


"I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear."
     --- Martin Luther King, Jr.




Tom suggested this week's word to me.  It's one we both run into quite often in our reading.  It's fun to say . . . and fun to think about.


(Interesting tidbit:  This word is often capitalized.  Why?  Well . . . it's a German word.  And in German, nouns are capitalized!)

What's the zeitgeist of the 21st century?  A quick google search indicates that maybe it's globalization.  Or misanthropy (hint: general dislike of humankind).  Thoughts?



The Oscar nominations came out last week.  Because we go to the movies all the time, Tom and I have already seen most of the nominated movies across the major Oscar categories.  Here's a quick rundown of the Best Picture nominees, including tips on where you can see them.  (My favorites?  I'm firmly in the Parasite camp this year, but I also really liked JoJo Rabbit, Little Women, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.)  What's your favorite?



I just finished reading a new book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn.  (You can read reviews/more about the book here and here.)  This book is about marginalized American people, and my friends . . . it is a real gut-punch.  It's depressing and discouraging and frustrating.  But it also . . . explains a lot.  How we got here, as a country, and where we might go in the future.  If we all work together.  And, yeah.  The book is written by two people leaning left.  But they don't just tow a progressive line. They also validate conservative stances on personal responsibility and the importance of a strong work ethic.  They are looking for solutions -- where we (as a country) could do the most good to change the tide. It is one of the more balanced perspectives I've read -- which is refreshing.  Because it's going to take all of us - working together - to fix the mess we're in.  (The book does offer hope, with many possible solutions -- both for the country as a whole and for individuals.)

It's worth reading.



And . . . just for fun . . . here's an article about "craft trends" for the coming year!  Get ready for stained glass, color blocking, chartreuse, 3D printing, embroidery, and a continued focus on both eco-crafting (mending, zero-waste, use-what-you-have) and inclusion in the craft world.


I hope your Monday is off to a great start!
(I know I'm happy to be back at it this week.)




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Parasite just won Best Picture at the SAG awards. Which means it probably won’t win the Oscar. But now I want to see it and before I didn’t care all that much.


We still have several of those movies to see but I HAVE A PLAN. Thanks for the book recommendation. And those craft trends . . . I must be trendy because I have a pair of jeans with a big rip and I'm going to try mending them. (Glad you're feeling better!)


Happy to hear you are feeling better. Thank you for another book recommendation. Trying very hard to educate myself and read more deeply this year.


Yeah for feeling better! Great questions around Zeitgeist. I think (to the chagrin of some) that globalization is inevitable. We cannot live in our "walled off" little corners and think we will survive. That book sounds fascinating and I am adding it to my list of books!


I'm 8th on my library system's wait list for that book and I look forward to reading it! Glad you're feeling better & hope you have a great week!


Tightrope sounds like exactly the book I've been looking for, so much so that I might even buy it if the wait is too long at my libraries. Explanations and solutions are both valuable, and while I'm not sure I'm ready for a gut punch at this exact moment, I will be very soon, and I thank you for the recommendation.

Kim in Oregon

I love the word Zeitgeist but always think I am pronouncing it wrong.


I've put that book on hold, it will do me good. Though I'm still not over the gut punch of Educated. (I'm in the minority...did not like.) Thanks for always bringing it Kym!


Thanks for the book recommendation -- I just paused in reading your post in order to add it to my Want to Read list. Glad you are feeling back to normal!


The zeitgeist may ultimately be globalization, but we'll be dealing with misanthropy for the near future. Or it may well be we'll be bouncing back and forth between the two for generations to come. The book is exactly what I've been looking for. I'd like to find a similar book from the perspective of the right just to see if there is hope we'll find true focus. Parasite is the one movie I'd like to see this season. Smith is just too busy for us to spend much time at the movies.

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