May 17, 2010

100 Books: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

I haven't been updating you all, but I have been reading some books.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one that I have seen recommended often, and I already had it on my bookshelf.  I truly enjoyed reading it.  It is a coming of age story set in the early 1900's in Brooklyn.  It was interesting to watch how Francie and her family grow, change, and adapt to their circumstances.  Francie and her brother grow up a bit blissfully unaware of just how poor they really are, and I think that innocence in a child is something to which I could relate.

The book gave an honest and vivid snapshot of life during those times, but at the same time showed the struggles that any family faces.  The character development is natural and engaging.  The reminders to take in each breath and to live life are refreshing.  It was a wonderful picture of the everyman's quest toward the American dream.

If you read or have already read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts.

May 16, 2010


Oh my goodness - I have a blog!!  I forgot for a minute.........  Oh well, here I am again.   I don't even have anything to say.  I just figured I better check in.  I see that I left you with some lovely snow to look at.  I guess I should be about changing that.  Maybe a project for next week. 

I am blown away lately at how fast things change.  And how people change.  And also how much some people NEVER change.  I am an astute observer - I notice every little detail about things.  A question was recently posed about whether one is or is not a diva.  I think I can be.  Because I am always noticing everything, I am painfully aware when things are out of place or not as they should be.  I don't always feel it necessary to comment, and I actually think I do not advocate as much as I should for some things, but I am always aware.  I always notice.

In contrast to that, or maybe because of it, I have been moving around in a bit of a numb state.  Trying to detox, to shed the old skin, and grow into the next phase.  Not sure where that is leading me at the moment, but feeling the shift and leaning into it all the same.