This book was perfectly fine. It has a good heart and good intentions, but I think, thematically, this ground is covered with stronger writing in otheThis book was perfectly fine. It has a good heart and good intentions, but I think, thematically, this ground is covered with stronger writing in other books in less formulaic, unsurprising ways. Despite this, it is certainly a feel-good sort of book and one to keep in mind if I ever find a reader who is looking for this sort of YA novel....more
My little guy had been having a tough go at preschool and the teacher recommended I check this out. Goldie Hawn has a good heart in writing this and IMy little guy had been having a tough go at preschool and the teacher recommended I check this out. Goldie Hawn has a good heart in writing this and I agree with her wholeheartedly. I oftentimes believe a parenting-ish book could be boiled down to a good article and be sufficient, and this particular book is no different. ...more
Oh, this felt like it could have sprawled out, that the ending was a tad abrupt and that all the best ingredients were there but needed some reshapingOh, this felt like it could have sprawled out, that the ending was a tad abrupt and that all the best ingredients were there but needed some reshaping. I did appreciate Flynn's attempts at twists, though I'm not sure what satisfaction one might get from the way it all played out....more
I started to read this when I was in the muck of it, would read a bit at a time, but sometimes when you are overloaded in a completely disconnected waI started to read this when I was in the muck of it, would read a bit at a time, but sometimes when you are overloaded in a completely disconnected way (read: depressive episode), simply breathing in a particular way or even doing the unrecommended, yelling into the toilet (which, you know, goes against the yelling less thing)--it doesn't work. I say this because I recognize there are moments when are psyches are completely off-kilter and one simply needs to survive and get to the other side.
Which I did, and I am grateful.
Some nice moments that helped me feel human:
The Arabian proverb powerfully states: “The words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers: is it true, is it kind, is it necessary?”
Every day I try to embrace American author Robert Elias’s quote, “If you can’t fight and you can’t flee, flow.”
“Victory is not won in miles, but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.” —Louis L’Amour
I had yelled to the point where all I felt was hatred for myself.***
So if an accident does happen and you do yell, forgive yourself. Let the shame and embarrassment go and know that there will be another opportunity to practice and succeed.
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” —Ernest Hemingway
L.O.V.E.ing my kids—listening, observing, verifying, and empathizing—
*** This summer, I identified with this statement all too much....more
I was surprised to have liked this as much as I did. It's eerie and strange and I thought it'd just be a holiday-reading-escape-book, and for the mostI was surprised to have liked this as much as I did. It's eerie and strange and I thought it'd just be a holiday-reading-escape-book, and for the most part, it still is, but it's quite a bit more clever, reminding me of a good M Night Shyamalan film.
A few places I highlighted to return to, possibly to learn more about / to work into a lyric essay or poem:
The phenomenon known as the fairy ring is caused by fungal spore pods spreading outwards like a water ripple around a biologically dead zone. In European legend, they represent the gateway to the fairy world, a parallel universe with its own laws and time-scales. The rings are evidence of dark forces: demons, shooting stars, lightning strikes.
in this particular region the bog-land absorbs the liquid with the capacity of a sponge. It exhales methane. The fossil gas streams to the surface in tiny bubbles like champagne, then ignites and dances with flickering blue tendrils of light. You can see it now, through the massing late-afternoon dark. In the old days they called it will-o’-the-wisp and conjured goblins to explain it. Other native beliefs: wild fairy children once roamed here. Sometimes they swapped places with humans and lived as changelings.
cuckoo, which lays its solo egg in another bird’s nest, leaving others to do the nurturing. In this reading, the ‘cuckold’ is the cuckoo’s victim: the non-biological father of another man’s offspring.
Crime is low, but modern Swedes are preoccupied with its genesis, a preoccupation which has spawned much popular fiction. The theory is that if someone breaks the law, their actions are seen to represent a wider societal dysfunction. Like the parents of wayward children asking themselves how they failed their offspring, the focus is not on what the criminal did wrong, but on how Swedish society could have prevented it happening.
Troll-women seduce men, but they can be spotted because they are only facades: they never show their backs. They come in all sizes. Some have tails. They never divulge their names.
am deep in Marie Celeste syndrome, which refers to hives found inexplicably abandoned
Salt is born of the purest parents, wrote Pythagoras. The sun and the sea. It’s the only kind of rock we consume, the thing we cannot do without....more
I remember reading Congo when I was in 8th grade. We'd just moved into the house my parents still live in and I was sleeping in the den while my bedroI remember reading Congo when I was in 8th grade. We'd just moved into the house my parents still live in and I was sleeping in the den while my bedroom got painted and carpeted. There was a strange tick-tick-tick-whhhhhheeeeeeeeick in the walls when the heater turned on and off and we had a little door that led into some under-the-house storage area right next to the bed I was sleeping in. I was perfectly, absolutely, delightfully terrified.
I wouldn't mind another page-turning romp like that, but it's hard to replicate that when your first Crichton was at 13 and you know now that if you re-read that book you'd think it dull and written as terribly as this.
It's fine for its purpose, which is for the reader to say: Oh dear, that's a possibility? and maybe envision some weird things, like being in a bird-gullet, and predict the ending and be done. ...more
This method won't work for everyone and that's OK. For instance, with me, it's not going to work with the books, though it has given me permission toThis method won't work for everyone and that's OK. For instance, with me, it's not going to work with the books, though it has given me permission to scrutinize what I keep just a bit more.
I *am* following her method otherwise because I am the sort of person who has far more things than I could possibly need. I'm happy to report that I've gotten some serious work in, just two days after starting, and I'm hoping to heck it will stick, which has never been the case before. Remembering that everything has a home is important to me.
I also appreciate the philosophy behind thanking items as you let go. I've needed "permission" a great deal--my collecting of things is rooted in "what ifs" and fears that I might need it, that I might hurt someone's feelings, that I've invested too much time or money. Recognizing that the joy came already in some things is OK. I know that things need to change, and with this book, they are.
I'm recommending it to anyone who looks around their home and doesn't feel comfortable, who braces oneself when company is coming and is ready to take action....more
The first book is truly transforming, and I think it's important to read that one first. I am the sort who is taken by anything called "Master Class"-The first book is truly transforming, and I think it's important to read that one first. I am the sort who is taken by anything called "Master Class"--it lets me feel like I'm moving forward. I think this one was fine, but nothing hugely unearthed as it was in the first, which means there was less magic for me. Helpful, yes.
And I picked it up from the library and I read it in one sitting, so very little was turned over for this consumption. There were some good clarifications that made it worthwhile, and I'm excited to get done with my KonMari journey....more
This is maybe one of the worst books I've ever read. I think it's time to retire Kay Scarpetta--I had been reading the first books and this popped upThis is maybe one of the worst books I've ever read. I think it's time to retire Kay Scarpetta--I had been reading the first books and this popped up on my Kindle for a discount, so I bought it and ugh.
(How many times did Lucy's type of car get mentioned?) I don’t reply that my niece buying a supercar is like someone else buying a bicycle. She really is that rich from computer technologies she’s invented and sold since she was a teenager. Lucy is a genius. She’s difficult, quixotic and has been fired from or forced out of every job she’s ever had except for the one with me, which she doesn’t do for pay. I couldn’t love her more, like a daughter, and have since her complicated life began in Miami where she was totally neglected by my sister, who I owe a call. Dorothy left me a message yesterday wishing me a happy birthday. She usually gets the date wrong.
(I think this series is all played out.) As I stand inside the bay with my husband, my niece and Marino, all of us congregated at the top of the concrete ramp near the open door, I watch the mouse get trapped. Machado is the mouse and it’s all played out.
(She has some weird, awkward emphasis on gender.) “You continue saying he.” “For the sake of simplicity. I have no idea who it is.”
(Her redundancies were painful.) “Somebody bought it factory-prepped and planted it,” Lucy says. “There’s nothing customized about it. In other words over the counter.”...more