Books

I didn’t like Hugh Howey’s Shift (Silo #2) as much as Wool, although it was great to see the events from alternate views. Donald’s storyline was the most draggy to me, although it presents a way to view events and choices very differently than while reading Wool.

Although the main storyline of Magic Hour was interesting, I found the romance sidestory to be forced and unnecessary. I am not inclined to pick up another book by Kristin Hannah.

I deeply appreciate Brené Brown’s careful research and her transparency. I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame tells “the truth about perfectionism, inadequacy and power,” and covers many crucial topics such as shame resilience, empathy, critical awareness, courage, compassion, blame, shame, fear, and disconnection.

It does take a lot of courage to be vulnerable, and usually we don’t believe that the risk is worthwhile, or we just avoid thinking about it altogether. Personally, I’d be grateful if everyone would read Brené’s Daring Greatly and we could speak together with a common language about issues related to shame.
Favorite quotes:
   “(paradox:) Vulnerability is courage in you and inadequacy in me.”
   “I am enough; I’ve had enough; Showing up, taking risks, and letting myself be seen is enough”
   “What’s worth doing even if I fail?”
   “the goal is… normalizing discomfort …we need to cultivate the courage to be uncomfortable and to teach the people around us how to accept discomfort as part of growth.”

I read Andy Gavin’s Untimed on my kindle app, and enjoyed this YA time travel story, especially the unique twists which I won’t reveal here as spoilers. The price was right for an easy read.

Jerusalem Gap: There is some quiet humor in T. R. Pearson’s lovely short novel about how a man is affected by a particular dog.

Although I am not Buddhist, I appreciated many of Pema Chödrön’s teachings in this Taking the Leap (Freeing ourselves from old habits and fears), notably the counsel on how to change the way we experience difficult moments by pausing, leaning in, and staying present.

Moving Pictures

Warm Bodies was a great distraction on a night that I needed to lighten my mood.

The Paper was directed by Ron Howard back in 1994. It shows its age a bit, but still held my interest . It was great to see so many recognizable actors together in one film: Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Jason Alexander, Lynne Thigpen, Geoffrey Owens, Randy Quaid, Jason Robards, Roma Maffia, Jill Hennessy

I wasn’t expecting Elysium to be quite as gory as it was – there was an extra “villian” in the movie who was quite violent.

We re-watched Forrest Gump and were pleased with how well it has stood up over time. It is still entertaining and touching.

I finished the 3rd season of Falling Skies, and it is still alright but not as gripping as the first season.

Quotes

Justin Davis: 

Reputation and character are two different things.  Reputation is what others believe to be true about you. Character is who you really are. When you’re driven by reputation, then you begin to equate what you project to others as your character.  We guard our reputation and forego our character.  We can’t let others know we’re struggling.  We can’t share our marriage problems with anyone.  No one can find out about our addiction. We can’t go to counseling; what if someone finds out how broken we are?  We’re more concerned about what others think about us, than who we really are.  When you care about people finding out you are broken more than you care to be whole…you’re in for a long, painful, repetitive journey.

Pema Chödrön

No matter what happened to us in the past, right now we can take responsibility for working compassionately with our habits, our thoughts and emotions. We can take the emphasis off who hurt us and put it on disentangling ourselves.

Our predicament is just a moment in time; we have a choice to strengthen old habitual responses or to be free.

We’re all addicted to hope – hope that the doubt and mystery will go away. This addiction has a painful effect on society: a society based on lots of people addicted to getting ground under their feet is not a very compassionate place.  Hope and fear come from feeling that we lack something; they come from a sense of poverty. We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment.