. . . 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!