Thursday, January 28, 2016

Noteworthy Links Thursday #3

My best web reads from the past week.


Short Literary Fiction

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor gives insight into some dysfunctional dynamics of relationships between relatives who embark upon a trip and end up lost, accosted by bad men.  The story has the uncanny ability to reflect the dark heart of the human spirit.  There's also a surprise twist ending that you don't foresee whatsoever.

The Misfit kept scratching in the ground with the butt of his gun as if he were thinking about it. "Yes'm, somebody is always after you," he murmured.

The grandmother noticed how thin his shoulder blades were just behind-his hat because she was standing up looking down on him. "Do you ever pray?" she asked.

He shook his head. All she saw was the black hat wiggle between his shoulder blades. "Nome," he said.

And speaking of the nature of the human spirit, In the Cemetary Where Al Jolson is Buried by Amy Hempel breaks my heart just a little bit each time I read it.  It's a beautifully-written, heart-rending story of endings, of the truth that breaks you when you pause between the pages of life just long enough to really notice and listen.

I wanted her to be afraid with me. But she said, "I don't know. I'm just not."
She was afraid of nothing, not even of flying.

A Wintery Paradise:  Poetry & Online Journals

Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams as published at the Poetry Foundation is the perfect snapshot of the kind of evening we're having here in the East as the bare trees stand snow-covered and shivering beneath the waning light of a winter moon.

Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

Winter Love by Linda Gregg drips an intermixing of simple solitude with just  a hint of loneliness.

I would like to decorate this silence,   
but my house grows only cleaner
and more plain.

Bookworm-Worthy Reads for The New Year

Read what one girl learned by reading 164 books in 2016.  She also provides a spreadsheet of everything she read this past year.

"Reading is amazing; it shouldn't be a chore, and when it became one I stopped doing it."

Best Books to Read is full of some great recommendations and a variety of genres if you're 'to be read' pile is growing short.

"A well crafted book can help you to see the world in new ways, open up your imagination, teach you something new, or spark your creativity. All great things for bloggers. Plus, reading good books can help you nurture your own writing as you are inspired to try new things with your words."

Creative Ideas

If you're thinking about photography, or taking up a new/convenient hobby, you might want to check out How to Start at 365 Photography Project.  The article contains some helpful ideas and photography prompts for the beginning photographer.  And, surprise, you don't even need a fancy camera.  Your phone will suffice just fine!

"I wanted to take time to shoot for myself and create beautiful memories for my family and I. And let me just tell you, the entire process has been so rewarding!"

The article How a California School 'Cured Advanced Cases of Housewife Boredom' was a wonderful article that served a two-fold purpose for me:  a history lesson on societal gender roles of the 1960's and a resounding affirmation that yes, it is important that we stay creative!  Rather you are a stay at home mother/home-schooler (like myself) or if you cater to a bustling career, it seems everyone can benefit from some simple yoga poses and crafting projects.

"The Village offered classes in papier-mâché and sculpture, ballet and yoga."

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