I like to share pictures from the week on Fridays. We’ve spent a TON of time outside this week — it is looking and feeling beautifully fall-like around here!
Week 2 of Bug’s quarantine is coming to a close and it’s been quite lovely having him at home! Despite some of the obvious challenges, he is so sweet and cuddly. He has the most beautiful smile, which I almost always fail to capture with a camera. I am lucky, I am lucky, I remind myself during some of the hardest moments. And I am – I’m learning so much about myself and how to care for others through him. It’s been a hard 5.5 years, but it’s been worth it.
This was a planned break week for Blackberry Bluff School, so I didn’t have to worry too much about not doing a ton of learning. But of course I did worry about not doing enough – is it possible to not do that?! I’m in the depths of planning for our second term, which starts on Tuesday because that’s when Bug will return to his day center. I’m creating Trello boards and it’s so much fun. I’m also still working on a blog post about using Trello, but I wouldn’t expect it to be published anytime soon!
I listened to Jericho Brown’s On Being interview while flipping pancakes last Sunday. He read from one of his poems, To Be Seen, which you can listen to or read here. One sentence sent me running to my notebook: We talk about God because we want to speak in metaphors. Similar to my feelings about A Circle of Quiet, I feel like this one sentence could answer a lot of my questions if I could just figure it out. I promptly ordered all three of his books of poetry and can’t wait to dive in – they should arrive tomorrow.
Does anyone have any thoughts about the new Cormoran Strike novel? Here’s a quick link if you haven’t seen any of the debate. In a nutshell: JK Rowling’s tweets have revealed a mighty bias against people who are transgender and her newest novel includes a male serial killer who “dresses as a woman,” which is the type of language Rowling used that sparked this whole debate. I’ve read a spectrum of opinions, several saying that there’s only a very brief mention of a “man dressed as a woman” and that the book isn’t transphobic at all. I’ve also read reviews on Goodreads from people who admit they’ve only read 1 page (of 944 pages!!) and it verified their belief that the entire novel is transphobic and so is anyone who reads the book. I’m on the waitlist at the library and plan to read it for myself… but 944 pages?! No editor can stand up to JK Rowling, can they? But I’d love to hear any opinions from you, dear friends!
A shred of good news this week: Whoopi Goldberg says that there might be a Sister Act 3. I am here for it! I adore the Sister Act movies and have been singing and dancing along since the third grade.
I plan to be back on Sunday with a poem — if I don’t make it back to this space, I hope you have a wonderful and safe weekend!