the moons of autumn

the moons of autumn was released oct 1st and i’ve 2 poems published in there! it’s wonderful to be featured in the company of many other poets. Colleen and Jules have done an awesome job of selecting the poems. i’m proud my poems were chosen! the poems capture the magical essence of the moon and i felt calm reading them.

the theme for tanka tuesday this week is poet’s choice, so i’m sharing one of my published poems in this book. hope you enjoy!

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Noticing # 93

I like to use vintage paper on my art pages and hubby has given me 3 of his old math books. The top one was published in 1960! Their pages have that yellowish vintage tone and lots of formulas and diagrams. I really want to torn them apart, but I’m not brave enough to do it. I think they were only moved from one shelf to another one!

What would you do? Keep them intact or have fun with them?

Noticing # 92

Noticing how tiny gestures brighten my day. Flowers from hubby and a ‘me gift’ that arrived yesterday! I’ve read wonderful reviews for this book, and I decided to give it a try. I’m not into mythology stories, but I couldn’t resist and ordered it. The first pages so far are great!

It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m planning on baking a few yummy treats for my family and lots of reading and writing. And you? Any plans for today? I hope whatever you do to be loaded with love and self care!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

E.

Books for reading during the Autumn

Happy mail this week! A few of the books I’ve bought arrived. I’m excited to read them. I’ve started The Book of Longings, few pages into it and I’m already in love with the main character ‘Ana’. This is the newest book by Sue Monk Kidd, her writing is loaded with emotion. I Capture the Castle was introduced to me by Jane from Fragglerocking.org and A Gentleman in Moscow by my dear friend Grace. And of course, a mystery book for October, so The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, the reviews are excellent for this mystery.

As you can see, new books are a few of my favourite things, I’m spreading kindness towards myself giving me the pleasure of holding a new book in my hands. I’ve just remember the song ‘My favourite Things’ – Julie Andrews:

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

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Sharing with S6W– Books for reading during the Autumn

on my bedside table

For the love of reading and books is the theme for Sunday Stills this week.

Books, I don’t know what I would do without them. They are everywhere at home and I always have one in my bag. They mean comfort, safety, distraction and knowledge. I read more than one at a time, at the moment I’m reading Daisy Jones & the Six, a great book if you love to know the minds of rock stars in the 70s. I’m also reading The Untethered Soul, a deep knowledge of thoughts and why some of them persist in our mind. It’s the second time I’m reading it. I got a copy last year at the library, I liked it so much that I got my own copy, and now I’m reading and highlighting the most touching paragraphs.

I’m going to start soon More Glimpses from my blogger friend Hugh Roberts. I’ve read the first one, Glimpses and I love it! Short stories mixing mystery, horror and always a surprise ending. I was blogging more often when Hug wrote it, so I followed all the steps he took to write his first book and I knew some of the stories. It was a pleasure to hold on my hands the final product. Now he has this second one, and I can’t wait to dig into it. To tell the truth, I couldn’t resist and I’ve already read the first story, I love it and it brought tears to my eyes. Hugh’s stories always surprise me.

Have a lovely Sunday, and if you care, let me know which book are you reading right now, so I can add to my list.

Nurt Thurs – Becoming

For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.

If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.

Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.

Michelle Obama

Here are only three passages of this lovely book, so many to choose from.

It’s an easy reading, and what impressed me is the simplicity of it. Her words feel like she is having a cup of tea in my kitchen telling me her stories.

I was thought if I could choose authors to have a dinner with, I’d pick Virginia Woolf and Emily Dickinson, two strong women, each one fighting their own battles, one in the 1800s, another in the 1900s. Now for sure, I’m adding Michelle Obama to the list to represent the 2000s. It would be a wonderful dinner.

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noticing # 62

Such a great book! I love the way Jodi’s characters are created and molded by the circumstances. The way she started it, from the ending to the beginning, made my imagination wonder most of the time trying to understand the motive behind certain scenes. 

Well, if you need a nice reading for the holidays, this one for sure is a great choice. 

Noticing how a well-written book is able to take me inside the mind of other people. 

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A cup of tea and a book always make me happy. This book is awesome! Easy to read, few characters and the main one is a woman. My kind of book!

I’m almost done with this book. Not sure what I’ll read next, maybe a mystery on my Kindle. Any suggestion? What are you reading right now?

Have a great Friday!

noticing # 14

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“this particular boy looked impossibly young and fine-boned beneath the bill of his cap, his eyelids burned by the weight of a thousand silky black lashes.”

this morning i’m noticing the details of a story. i’m impressed by the writing of Ann Patchett, how she describes the characters of her story. feels like they are close by and we can touch them. her books are great! i wanted to read this one for a long time, i’m reading it slowly, few pages each morning, savoring each line.

Have a great week my friends!

Mercy :: Anne Lamott’s book

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When I heard the word ‘mercy‘ the first thing that comes to my mind is this book. Anne’s goes dip into the subject of forgiveness and mercy. I’ve almost of all her books and I love them. I don’t keep lots of books, I read, make notes of what has spoken to me and I donate them. But few books I cherish and they are a reference to me, I always go back to check something or to randomly open and see which secret message it has for me.

“The message of mercy is … that it goes hand in hand with forgiveness”