Last month after I wrote a blog about distractions I picked up a book, Disruptive Witness: Speaking truth in a distracted age, by Alan Noble. I love a book that triggers ideas for actions I can take to support a deeply-held belief.
Dynamic Woman — Changing Times
The sweep of history makes us glad of progress in some areas (most notably, medicine and opportunities for women to use their educations) and sad for the losses growth has wrought. We might well mourn the passing of intimate family and community ties that a slower pace of life fostered.
The Longest Trail by Roni McFadden tells a rites-of-passage story about a troubled young girl and the mentor who nurtures her love of horses and helps her grow into a strong, resilient woman.
In his book, Living Life Backward, David Gibson suggests that we examine our lives in light of the inevitability of death. It reminded me that all three of my published novels begin with a death.
Starting the year with fiction, The Canyon House, and nonfiction, Silence in the Age of Noise. Both call into question what we engage with and where disengagement can take us.
The year is running out, and I’m preparing for the New Year. That space between Christmas and New Year’s Day invites us to reflect on the past year’s events and spring for a chance to embrace the coming year with hope.
© Sydney Avey