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I am currently reading Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese.

 

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What am I doing to keep sane and calm during wedding planning craziness? Well, it’s not always easy, but here is what works for me. Keep close to your family and friends. Listen to their advice, their love will keep you stable.

I also read poetry and prose to keep me sane. This is always a good strategy, not just for rough times. Here is a passage I read today that calmed me down and reminded me to enjoy life as a precious gift. The passage is from Walden or Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau.
“We must learn to reawaken and to keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep.”
What a beautiful way to look at the world!

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I am about halfway through The Tiger’s Wife: A Novel, by Tea Obreht on my kindle. So far I am really enjoying it. I have also picked up a collection of short stories by Lorrie Moore called Birds of America. I like her erratic writing style. For poetry I am reading Collected Poems by Robert Bly. He is definitely one of my new favorites!
Here is a link to one of his more recent poems on The Writer’s Almanac:
The Blind Old Man

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Reading Poetry

I always read the Writer’s Almanac. I subscribe to the free daily e-newsletter so it comes straight to my email. I am usually impressed with the daily poems. It also provides a good way for me to branch out and read contemporary poets I have never read before. They do a mix of contemporary and older poets which is nice.

I really enjoyed this poem by Robert Bly: What Did We See Today? You can find it on the Feb. 18, 2011 newsletter, or follow this link:
http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2011/02/18

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Quote of the day

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. ~Albert Einstein

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Reading Update

The dry spell is over and I have read quite a few books since I last posted. Including, “Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem” by Wendy Bishop, and “On Wings of Song: Poems about Birds” an Everyman’s Library Pocket Poet book.

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Waking Sky

Here are some photos of the Santa Fe House or “Waking Sky” as my family calls it. Isn’t it beautiful?

The front of the house

The front of the house

The kitchen

The kitchen

One half of the living room

One half of the living room

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One half of the living room

The other half of the living room

I think this is one half of the living room

This in in the main bedroom

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