As summer comes to an end, the temperature drops, and skies become brilliant blue when not covered by fog and clouds. Color touches the trees, presaging the bareness of winter, and I feel called to wake up after a somewhat dreamy time. What do I want to carry into the cold season, out of the summer’s light and warmth?
It’s been quite an intense summer for me, with my first-ever experience of surgery, some dramatic flooding and hailstorms, and my 52nd birthday — now I’m playing with a full deck! I’ve spent a lot of time looking back over that half century, grateful for all it has brought me, and wondering how I can move even more toward healing some of its hurts.
One of the great gifts of midlife for me is that I now recognize how things I resisted or didn’t want at the time have actually brought me unsought benefits, of learning or strength or new insight. I hope in whatever years that remain to me I will not be so resistant, that I will be more open to what life wants to offer. And so the next chapter begins …
My last “Make me read it” post was a success, as I duly read and posted about L’étranger by Albert Camus. Also this month I read a number of outstanding nonfiction books, along with some favorite fantasy rereads. I can highly recommend each and every one of them.
- Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones – Reread
- It Didn’t Start With You by Mark Wolynn
- Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones – Reread
- What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullan
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- Wise Child by Monica Furlong – Reread
- Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser
I’ve really enjoyed teaching English on italki for the past two months. My own language learning has gone a bit by the wayside, but I want to try to pick that up in the fall. Good intentions cost nothing, fortunately.
I looked back at a trip we took in July, to the Goms Valley region in Canton Valais. And this month we plan to visit Tessin, the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, so I hope to have some more pretty pictures for you soon.