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  • Writer's pictureTerrie

Let's Get Personal - April

Today's Musings:

My thoughts probably mirror the thoughts of many of you. In this time of Covid-19 and staying at home, we're overloaded with news and yet we can't quite turn away; we're stressed and tired, some of us are alone and lonely, some of us are trying to figure out how to manage our kids, teach our kids, keep our kids safe.

And yet. And yet, daily I see more online efforts to reach out, to connect. There are online games, free classes, music (all keeping social distances) and Patrick Stewart reading through all the Shakespeare Sonnets, one per day. This daily influx of sharing is a reminder that there's lots of good in the world and sharing our thoughts, silliness, creations, and anything positive into the world is a good thing.

Do you find the current situation helps or hinders your reading habits? Do you find yourself seeking to get lost in a book or have you temporarily lost your ability to focus and enjoy a story? For me, reading helps me push the bombardment of news out of my head for awhile as I get lost in a book. I hope you can find the same escape into words and chapters. Reach out to friends or virtual friends to talk books - actually one of the times when social media can serve a good purpose :) Please take care of yourself and those you love. Stay safe.

A quick monthly check in: Here's the last month by the numbers..... some random fun things to track.

Rant and Rave

RANT: Why is there no window washing product that ACTUALLY provides smear-free cleaning???? I washed a bunch of my windows over the weekend and as soon as the sun shines, streak galore. What's the magic solution????

RAVE: Our healthcare workers are angels. They are miracle workers. Once again they, and all first responders, are going above and beyond to help during this time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

What I'm Reading Today and What's Next:

Currently I'm reading and enjoying the ARC, She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be (what a title, right?) by J. D. Barker. On audio I just finished the creative, fun novel Cinder (Cinderella retelling) and I think next on audio is We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. The next book on top of my nightstand stack is The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson.

What are you reading these days? Let's Talk Books!


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