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Monday Monday

. . . can't trust that day.  Time to . . . 


As usual, on Mondays I share a bit of this and a little of that and things I discovered over the weekend.

(And I always start things off with my quote-for-the-week.)


"Be careful not to sleepwalk through the only life you have. Wake up. Blink hard. Stretch. Keep moving."
                    --- Maggie Smith


I don't know if it's spring or resilience or working through the cycles of grief or what . . . but I'm feeling more myself these days.  Or at least more ready to tackle my days.  No more sleepwalking for me!  

How about you?



Probably the most common "pandemic complaints" I hear from my friends revolve around the weirdness-of-time . . . or the fact that they can't seem to read anymore.  I know I suffer from both of those things, although the time thing is getting a little better lately.  The reading thing? Still pretty weird. It's not that I can't read. It's more that I am not enjoying the kinds of books and stories that I used to be able to depend on.

I read this article (from Vox) last week - about why it's so hard to read a book right now. The article is a summary of an interview with a neuroscientist, and it's interesting (although a little long). Basically, he says that our brains are anxiously busy right now . . . "trying to resolve an uncertainty that is unresolvable."

Yeah. I guess that'll do it.


And, speaking of reading . . . 

I read mysteries/detective thrillers once in a while, but they need to be a certain kind of mysteries/detective thrillers. (I'm particular.) Although not my typical genre, I find I'm really enjoying mysteries and detective thrillers these days. Because I'm (ahem) kinda picky, I like to scour lists of book recommendations to find authors and titles that might interest me.  The other day I found this list of detective novels set on the New England cape and islands. Many of the books/series in this list look interesting to me. Maybe there's something there for you, too?

And, while we're at it . . . what mystery/detective thriller series do you recommend?  



I love seeing all the craft workshops making their transition from in-person to online offerings. I actually think this is one of the best things coming out of this stay-at-home situation. Yes, nothing beats hands-on learning with a small cohort of crafters in a remote location . . . but that's never been within reach of more than a handful of crafters. It's exciting to see these formerly "restrictive" workshops opening up to all of us with an internet connection.

And, sure. There's gonna be a learning curve. Not all workshops can manage that jump from in-person to online smoothly. There will be kinks to work out. Yada-yada. . . But I think it's pretty cool that it's happening!

Here are a couple of workshops for you to check out:

The Lakeside Fiber Retreat has been an annual, in-person retreat in New Hampshire for a number of years.  This year, the entire retreat - including an exclusive marketplace - will be held virtually.  There are several workshops that sound great (I think I may sign up for Ellen Mason's rope basket workshop), with a variety of price options.  (You can sign up for just one workshop - or for an all-access pass, for example.)

The Makerie is sponsoring another Playful Pause this Wednesday (May 20). If you're hesitant about paying for an on-line class or workshop, and you just want to dip your toe in and see what it might be like, this is your opportunity.  (In full disclosure, I really liked the first Playful Pause workshop . . . but the second one just didn't quite work for me, and I ended up leaving early.) 

Let me know if you give these workshops a try -- or if you hear about any others that sound interesting.



I am a big fan of The Moth Radio Hour. I just love listening to people tell their own stories! Here's a link to an older show (recorded in 2016) featuring Natalie Chanin (of Alabama Chanin fame) telling her story of coming home to Alabama to launch her company.  It's a great story -- and hearing Natalie tell it herself is a bonus. (Plus . . . the episode also features Tim Gunn.) Definitely worth a listen!



We all need some humor in our lives -- and specially when our world is just so absurd. This clip of comedian John Mulaney is not recent (and it's likely you've already seen it), but when I saw it again last week I found it to be . . . well . . . let's just say it's still quite relevant. And worth watching over and over again.

Enjoy. . . 


That's it for me this Monday morning.
I hope your week is off to a good start!


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John Mulaney is one of my faves. Have you ever seen the show he did on Broadway with Nick Kroll which was then filmed and broadcast? It's called "Oh Hello," and now they have a podcast (or as they call it, a p'dcast) and it's equally ridiculous.


I love that episode of The Moth! Excellent enough for a relisten!! :)

And I am loving A Horse in the Hospital... oh man. So much! lol

Carolyn Seymour Thomas

I'm looking forward to this week's Makerie...but I'm with you on #2 (which is funny, given I'm always promoting letter writing!). As I described to a friend, it was just a little too out there for me. I did enjoy the envelope doodling, and since I set up in the garden for that one, I just sort of zoned out & did my doodle. But I felt similarly to how I do when I'm trying to decide whether or not to continue reading a book I'm struggling to like! Happy week to you.


Thanks for that quote


Off topic but this was a previous topic so there is that...anyway...just read in our local newspaper that someone was thinking of opening a little free library with garden seeds in it. I thought of you right away and had to share!!


I'm also picky about mystery series, and because of that I don't read too many. But some I've enjoyed are Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike series (I think you've started these?), and Ann Cleeves' Two Rivers books. The best apart about Cormoran Strike is the development and growth of the characters and their relationships, and even though Ann Cleeves has only written one book in the Two Rivers series, I enjoyed it a lot (again, the characters) and look forward to more. Oh, and I love anything with Miss Marple. Thanks for that list! There are some interesting books there and the website will keep me occupied all day!

Margene Smith

I also love that episode of the Moth. Podcasts are a nice distraction. I have been eating books like crazy. They have been a perfect escape from my life in isolation. I understand it might be hard to concentrate, but I find the opposite. Books take me away! I am confused by the article as The Last September cover says Elizabeth Bowen wrote the book and I am an Elizabeth Bowen fan. The article says it was written by Nina De Gramont? I think they have the wrong cover as the Bowen book is British, not Cape Cod (nor a murder mystery). I quite enjoyed Makerie #2 better than #1. I'm not sure I have the proper supplies for joining #3. As always, thank you for the links and the ideas for getting us through this uncertain time. Would you like to have a conversation soon?


Oh, Philip Craig. I love his series and learned to make blue fish pate because of his description of it. Thanks for another informative Monday post.


Anything John Sandford writes, and most of Thomas Perry's books. Genre fiction is all I've been able to manage since the last presidential election, unfortunately.


Thanks, as always, for delicious links Kym! Sorry no book recommendations for you. I used to read mysteries/detective stories, but not so much now. Other than Louise Penny, but I'm sure you already know those. I had forgotten about the Moth - will need to listen to that. Thanks!


John Mulaney is great! Humor is much needed at this time. The mystery genre is one I’m particular about as well. I’ve been sticking to reading Louise Penny and the Shetland series. I saw some of the Shetland programs but I can’t remember too much so it’s ok. I need to check the list you suggested as New England is my neck of the woods!

Kathy Boyer

John Mulaney is different ! My kids LOVe him. I like him, but don't love him. I can read right now. I did give a listen to The Shrink Next Door on podcast. I only listened to one episode. But if you like mysterious podcasts it has potential.

I will check into your Moth ...never heard of iT!!!!

I am reading two books and knitting two projects.....
One is a history of cowgirls in Oklahoma and the other a fairy tale which is very unusual for me!


I have been devouring the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. There is actually some historical fiction in the books, as well as a wonderfully written, absorbing story line that is so different from the world you and I live in. Yes, it's fiction, but it's just what I found I needed during this difficult time. Total escape from the endless worrisome news cycles.


I am also pretty picky about my mystery/detective books. I don't like too much gore, and I like them to be well written. I really enjoy the Gamache series and the Shetland series (but I suspect you've already read them). I'm very interested in the list you linked to -- we used to spend summer vacations on Cape Cod, so it'd be fun to read a mystery set there!


oh, redbuds! our town just announced that the annual arts festival is going to be all virtual this year. I'm definitely going to "attend". Anne Bogel's 2020 Summer Reading Guide included a half dozen books that were next-ups for existing series, and many of them were new to me. Have you read Julia Spencer-Fleming?


I love the Maisie Dobbs mystery series by Jacqueline Winspear but then I am not much for thrillers. I like the murder and mayhem to be off stage and I like a little historical flavor.

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