I dedicated this month to Reading the Theatre, and though at first I thought I might read two or three books, it was so much fun I found it hard to stop. Of course, any time of year is great to read theatre-themed books, but an occasional binge seems to increase the fun for me. I’ve linked a few posts by other blogging friends below; please let me know if I missed yours.
I also like to watch something along with my reading if possible, this time a recording of the 1984 production of Sunday in the Park with George, to go with James Lapine’s wonderful account of the birth of that production.
Being sick (see below) and having two weeks off from work assisted me to get through many more books than usual. It was the perfect time to immerse myself in vicarious drama on stage.
Click the links to learn more about any of these titles:
- 700 Sundays by Billy Crystal
- When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord
- Something Wonderful by Todd Purdum
- Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh
- Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson
- The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson
- Putting It Together by James Lapine
- Journey to the River Sea by Iva Ibbotson – Reread
- Putting the Rabbit in the Hat by Brian Cox
- Under Lock and Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandan
Reading the Theatre elsewhere:
- At Calmgrove, Hag-Seed and Journey to the River Sea (which inspired my own reread!)
- At She Reads Novels, Theatre of Marvels
- At Staircase Wit, Take a Bow
Other books I fit in this month:
- Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham
- C.S. Lewis by Alister McGrath
- Jack by George Sayer
- Educated by Tara Westover
- The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis – Reread for Narniathon
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Reread
- Emily Fox-Seton by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Reread
- The Good Gut by Justin Sonnenberg
- First Steps in Christian Religious Renewal by Rudolf Steiner
I started teaching a new English class for a handful of absolute beginners this month. It’s a new and interesting challenge for me to figure out how to communicate when their English is so limited. So far, I’ve mostly worked with intermediate and advanced students.
I’m taking a break from solo teaching on italki for now. I taught over 125 lessons, learned a ton, and met many wonderful people, but now I’d like to focus on my in-person students for a while. And use up my italki credits for language lessons of my own, when I feel ready to focus on that again.
Spring came early this year, and then we had an interlude of more snow, but that’s gone now and it’s daffodil season. They grow wild in the meadows here and it’s a lovely, heart-lifting sight at the end of winter.
We went through a bout of COVID in our household after going relatively unscathed through the first two years of the pandemic. I recovered quickly and can’t detect any lasting ill effects, so I was fortunate. I’m continuing to try to work on my health, and shared some of the first steps from my functional medicine journey. I hope that there will be more good news to report in the future, but if not, it’s all part of the learning process.
I’ve been going through a bout of intense writing about past experiences, a spiritual memoir of sorts. This is not for publication but just for myself (I felt given permission to do this by Elizabeth Andrew’s book Writing the Sacred Journey which I can recommend highly). It’s been a good but very intense process and I feel a need to step back from blogging for a while. I am going to take a blog break for a few weeks, at least till it’s time to share for Narniathon and One Word again.
So it will be quiet here for a while, but I’ll see you again soon! How was your April?