Like an old-fashioned morning, we gathered on the portico to ring in Father’s Day. With giant steamy mugs of coffee in hand, we perched ourselves on the stoop to take in the sights from the front of the house. With neighbors out for morning strolls and a warm summer breeze whirling the falling petals from our aging White Dogwood, it was the kind of morning I long for. Dolce even sensed the calmness of the moment as she stayed put and watched the passers-by rather than delivering her usual Snoopy-like howls of protection. Folks don’t gather on the front porch much, anymore. Where do you typically congregate when outdoors?
Well, guys, it’s here! The first week of summer! I’ll be back on Wednesday, the first official day of summer, with a special post that’s part of a seasonal series that I began in the fall. If you follow CCB, you might remember what it is. (So fun!)
If you’re anything like I am then you’re already collecting your summer books, but there’s a little part of you that always thinks you could have more, I’ve got you covered…
Summer Reads, make me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind. 😉 (Please tell me you recognize the reference.) If you’re looking for summer book recommendations, The Washington Post has come out with their 2017 Summer Reading List.
I hope you’ll check out one of my favorite blogs which shares the collected wisdom of great writers (and so so so much more)… Have you stumbled upon Brainpickings yet?
Bird by Bird. Two words -> Read. It.
I am very much a memoir girl. It’s always my first choice of book to include in an overnight bag or to just have on hand. Whether I’m scooting out for a minute or am the passenger for a lengthy road trip, I am much calmer when I know there’s a good read at my fingertips. Are you like that? Do you freak out a little when you’re going somewhere and you forget to grab a book or magazine? Oh my – these moments make me as mad as when I discover I’m out of coffee at 6am. Watch out!
Speaking of memoirs… a few that I’ve read recently, am in the midst of reading, or am engaged in for a second or third time, are titles I need to share with you: The Bright Hour, Without Reservations, Under the Tuscan Sun, Tender at the Bone, When Breath Becomes Air, Gift From The Sea … Although they each strike a different chord, together they share the beauty of the stages and phases of life and how we meet them.
I would be most remiss if I didn’t share something from one of my best-loved poets, Mary Oliver…
A favorite quote from ‘The Summer Day’
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”