TGIF | Mid-September.

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!

Donner – Ravelry link

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!

10 thoughts on “TGIF | Mid-September.

  1. I have only read one book from those piles. I have heard some good things about Bewilderment – hmmmmm.
    Your story retreat sounds wonderful. It will be good – even distanced and masked. We can do hard things.

  2. I was just, an hour ago, puzzling over Cuckoo Land… I’m apprehensive about the space piece (because I WOULD puzzle over that)! I’m half-way through Great Circle, and I can say I’m *loving* it. I’m concurrently (and coincidentally) listening to Miss. Benson’s Beetle on Audible, and they make a great novel pairing! Independent women explorers, stories of love and power/power and love. I highly recommend!

  3. Donner is looking good so far! I have Great Circle and Bewilderment on hold at the library, but it’ll be a while before I get them. I do want to read The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois after your great review, but time is always the main enemy. I feel like I have a backlog of physical books here, in my house, that I want to get through first, and lately work has been so busy that reading time has been severely limited. It’d be nice to read all the books on the prize short lists, but I’m not going to push myself too hard to do it.

  4. Sunlight is definitely better for black sweater knitting, and I hope you get more. I haven’t read any of those books yet, but I’ve got Cloud Cuckoo Land, Matrix, and Bewilderment on hold. So do lots of other readers so it may be a while.

  5. I just finished reading Matrix (pretty darn good) and I read Intimacies (really good) earlier this summer. I like picking-and-choosing from the book award lists.

  6. the air is different here and it feels like fall is whispering to me! I love the change of seasons and I am feeling more settled in this house so who knows what will bring for inspiration.

  7. Stories are such a fascinating subject … The human brain seems wired for them (though my literary father complained about it!). Hoping the retreat is fruitful and nurturing for you despite the physical restrictions. Yes, sunlight definitely needed for any dark knitting or stitching! Yours looks very complex, I have to say …

  8. Donner is looking so cool!

    I have pushed pause on reading for a bit. I had Great Circle checked out from the library and just returned in unread. It will be there when I’m ready for it 🙂 I used this month’s audible credit for The Love Songs of WEB Dubois, but have barely started it. Luckily I don’t have to worry about it being returned to the library before I’m ready!

    I hope this week is treating you well!

  9. I have read and thought a great deal about “stories.” The idea always intrigues me. I see that Donner is a go. Hooray for sunshine although we desperately need rain here.

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