Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad

I abandoned my blog writing attempt five years ago after I finished my year of posting about my volunteer travels and how happy volunteering for those various organizations each month made my heart feel.  I had lost my inspiration, and my life took a turn when I decided to go back to school.  Things are […]

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I abandoned my blog writing attempt five years ago after I finished my year of posting about my volunteer travels and how happy volunteering for those various organizations each month made my heart feel.  I had lost my inspiration, and my life took a turn when I decided to go back to school.  Things are calmer now although I am starting to feel those all too familiar pangs of restlessness.  Writing seems to help that.  Please be forgiving of any errors in grammar or prose as I am sorely out of practice beyond the sixth grade level.  So, welcome back, readers, here is my first, out-of-retirement post.

I tell my students that to become a good writer, you have to read good writing.  Although my recent trip with my daughter wasn’t quite the chatty, bonding trip I had envisioned, it did provide me with 30 hours of uninterrupted, Audible book listening. I heard a lot of good writing.  Here is my booklist in the order that I listened to them (along with my thoughts):

  1. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – This book was recommended by a colleague.  It is particularly good for those of you who are single. He’s hilarious, and it was the belly-aching laugh out loud humor that I needed at the exact right time
  2. Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling – This is another book recommended by a colleague.  Boy, do they know me or what?  She is very funny.  This book explores self-esteem and self-worth. I would recommend mothers make their teenage daughters read/listen to this book.
  3. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris – I have had this one for a while.  You should know a little about Sedaris and his writing style before jumping into his books.  You must understand satire to ‘get’ it – not everyone does, and that is ok!
  4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*uck by Mark Manson – This is in my top 3 of the books that I listened to on our trip.  Spoiler: he says f*ck about every other word in the first chapter.  After that, the word is a perfectly placed F-bomb used for emphasis. I wrote down several things that he said on a napkin as I drove down the road.  Give me a break; at least I don’t text and drive!
  5. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – This is a book composed of letters and responses from Strayed’s advice column, Dear Sugar.  This book will definitely make your life not suck!  It may even make you understand compassion, empathy, humility and grace.  It filled me with emotion, sent chills down my spine, and yes, even made me cry.  It invoked self-reflection at it greatest.
  6. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig – I read this book for the first time years ago when I was exploring Buddhism.  I ‘got’ it this time.

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