Better Than Before

“Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life.” I first stumbled onto Gretchen Rubin’s work several years ago when I happened upon a copy of her hugely popular The Happiness Project. Since then, I’ve become an avid listener of Happier, the helpful and funny podcast she co-hosts with her sister. And I just keep reading…

The Department Of Sensitive Crimes

“Sometimes we stumble over the truth. We think we find it, but it finds us.” Have you heard of ‘Scandi-noir“? (a.k.a. “Nordic-noir”) I had, but only vaguely. In case you’re as innocent of this relatively new, darkly disturbing crime fiction as I was until recently, it’s meant to be a bit of a cultural expose uncovering…

Becoming Mrs. Lewis

  “What on earth would become of me if I should ever grow brave?” What a heartbreakingly beautiful true story. I was vaguely aware that C.S.Lewis had been married late in life to an American woman in ill health. That was about all I remembered from the film, Shadowlands. Then I happened upon this book…

EscApril

A Spring Sonnet ~William Shakespeare~ Sonnet 98 ~William Shakespeare~ From you have I been absent in the spring, When proud-pied April dress’d in all his trim Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing, That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him. Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell Of different…

Lagom!

‘It’s a kind of Swedish Goldilocks approach, with everything “just right.”’ Evidently, the Scandinavians have really got some things figured out. And naturally, the rest of us are lining up- and signing up- to become a little more Scandi-savvy! In today’s post, let’s take a look at Sweden’s ‘best export’; lagom. The word lagom seems to…

One Reason I Read.

Reading is a magical experience; the pages of good books pull us in like magnets, and only the stern necessity of sleep can persuade us that it’s time to re-emerge. As beguiling as it is to wander, and to linger in the other realities created for us by clever authors, do you ever wonder what…

The Care And Management Of Lies

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” ~C.S. Lewis Perusing the library shelves, judging books by their covers; I suspect many of us indulge in this delicious pursuit. But this isn’t always the most reliable method for laying my hands on a book I’ll hardly be able to put down. Still,…

The Colours of All the Cattle

“Life happens, she thought; whatever we do, life just happens.” ― Alexander McCall Smith, The Colours of all the Cattle And… he’s done it again! One of my favourite living authors, Alexander McCall Smith has conjured up yet another Precious Ramotswe story. I’m delighted every time a new novel in this series comes out, and…

The Happiness Passport

“Happiness is a mindset for your journey, not the result of your destination.” ~Shawn Achor I’m obsessed with a few things; happiness naturally being one of them, because… who doesn’t want to be happy? According to the wise and witty Jane Austen, no one; “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be happy; but,…

Dear Mrs. Bird

“Never give in, never, never, never–never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”    ~Winston Churchill This is the tale of the life-changing and heart-rending experiences of Emmy, a young woman with journalistic ambitions and seemingly endless energy, during the Blitz in WW2 London….