It’s been a while since I paused on a Friday afternoon to share a post through the TGIF lens … I’ve been thinking all day about the T-G-I-F and this afternoon it all came together. The title says “Mid-September”, but this is really “September 17”.
Thinking about … stories. I keep seeing a theme in the books I’m reading this year about who tells the stories and the stories they (get to) choose to tell. memory. power. privilege. history. I’ve come to a whole new appreciation for memoir and unreliable narrators. My church has been hosting a seminar on “Story Companions” – “Through reverent listening to each other in suffering, joy, and the rhythms of daily life we can discern the presence of God. In so doing, we become story companions who see the intersections of God’s story, the stories of others, and our story.” – and tomorrow we will gather in person for a three-hour retreat to practice … reverent listening, story-telling, and growing together in grace. We had high hopes when we started planning this (in the spring) that we’d be gathering together “like we used to” … and now we’ll be separated, wearing masks, and I’m not sure how that will go … still, we’ll be together. and there is grace in that.
Grateful for … a break in the rain and a glimpse of sun today. Marc and I got to walk this morning for the first time since Monday. Women’s Ministry is co-hosting the retreat tomorrow and I had shopping for breakfast on my to-do list; trips to Costco and the grocery store are much easier without an umbrella. and … black sweater knitting is much better with sunlight!
Inspired by … the sun coming through the window to knit on that black sweater!I finished the lateral braid and worked the center neck and left shoulder shaping. In Elizabeth Doherty patterns, that’s almost two pages, and in my knitting, a solid afternoon. I have high hopes to finish the right shoulder and the front, and join the back to begin the in-the-round body this weekend (that’s another page and a half … but to be fair, the rest of the body is just a quarter page!). TBD if the weather cooperates.
FUN! The sun isn’t the only thing playing around with my knitting … book award lists are having a grand time, too!I already had plans to read the Booker Short List. Today the National Book Awards longlist was announced. I’ve already read – and loved! – The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois and had planned to read Matrix, Bewilderment, and Cloud Cuckoo Land … what’s another six books?! The NBA short list will be announced on October 5 … I might not read the entire longlist, but I’m definitely in for the short list … and the finalist will be announced on my birthday (I hope I agree with their choice!)
Have you read any of the NBA longlist? which titles are you looking forward to picking up?
…and as always, wishing you the best weekend available!