It’s snowing. Softly. A long exhalation, a deep sigh is released from my heart. I hear and respond. Yes, slow down, slow, slow. . . down.
But, I don’t want to be bored. Winter has seemed to drag her tresses longer than I can remember in my years of being a Kentuckian. A few winter’s back, I resolved to watch (and listen to) every broadway musical I could find. Unfortunately, we didn’t watch very many but the music opened up to us was a breath of life during the still winter days.
This year, I’ve relied on books and music, heavily, in the quiet and the cold. I’ve made my way through a few and listened to many. Here are some that deserve a mention.
1. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King – It helps to have a librarian for a comrade. My friend recommended this series and I am hooked. Sherlock Holmes fans rejoice! It’s like picking up with the Hero you so regrettably left behind. Told in the first person by Mary Russell, a young girl who literally stumbles into Holmes, this tale reveals the road that they share together, her growth, and their incredible adventures. I am salivating until I get my hands on the second book, A Monstrous Regiment of Women.
2. Mystery it is. I’m biding my time with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. The intro begins with another young girl named Flavia de Luce, a chemist, lover of poisons, and hater of older annoying sisters. But, after discovering a dead bird on her doorstep, and a dead body on her father’s estate, she unflinchingly sets out to discover how far her family is involved.
3. I love this girl! I came across Britt Nicole’s song The Sun is Rising yesterday and smiled once again. She’s just too good. Thank God for you, girl!
4. Makes me cry, smile, sigh, laugh and rejoice. That’s what Andrew Peterson does. His words put perspective to my seemingly normal and mundane existence. Here’s his Planting Trees from the album “Counting Stars”.
5. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo – I was not crazy about the movie, but my library friend ensured me that the book was much better. Three chapters in and I believe her. Thanks Bethany! (Follow her on Twitter @bookrarian. You’ll be glad you did.)
What’s getting you through the winter? I want to know. . .