Friday, August 01, 2014
I thought I would try to post something on my blog every day in August as a way of paying attention (and, perhaps, of trying to get some writing going). Above is a picture of my son. (Strange still that I have "a son." But it's becoming less strange that an Elias exists because he's becoming more and more his own Elias.)
Below is a list of books I have read so far this summer. The books I said I would read are listed here. My contribution is toward the bottom.
1. Faithfull: An Autobiography by Marianne Faithfull
2. Composed by Rosanne Cash
3. Part of Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross
4. Part of The Whole-Brained Child by Daniel Siegel
5. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
6. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
7. Reading Shirley: A Novel by Susan Scarf Merrell
8. Reading The Tatters by Brenda Coultas (I read most of this a couple months ago, but I'm trying to go back and actually absorb it.)
Also, Pattie McCarthy and I have traded books and I'm eagerly awaiting reading her books Nulls and Marybones. I can't wait!
Here are five more things:
1. My mother and stepfather came to town a couple weeks ago to help take care of E. while I got a small surgery. (I am fine, thank you.) The best part was that I had brunch and went to see a movie (in a THEATER) with my mom. We saw Boyhood at BAM. At first I wasn't sure I would like it, but then I did and thought about it on and off for several days afterward.
2. The baby knows many words-- well, several-- but you sort of have to know what he's saying. He also understands a great deal. Today I said, "Can you please go get the small broom from the closet for me?" and he did.
3. I had a dream last week that a voice told me not to look for God below my feet or above my head because, the voice said, God is within. Pretty good, subconscious. Pretty good.
4. ". . . a door, the color of fog,/ opens-- life-deep." --Ocean Vuong
5. I sang "Que Sera, Sera" to the baby before his nap today. I don't know. I can never tell how I feel about that song. But here's Corinne Bailey Rae singing the Sly & the Family Stone version. Where was I just reading something about that version? Again, I don't know.