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What I’m Reading

I’ve noticed on Facebook that people are posting their top ten favorite books. For me, those include the books I call my “Do Not Disturb” books, books that I will read way into the night and pick up again the next day, until I’ve finished reading them. Here are a few of the books that are on my “do not disturb” list: • Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver – letting the divine take the lead • The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks – taking life to the next level • Dreams of Isis by Normandi Ellis – a woman’s spiritual sojourn • The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith – an Isabel Dalhousie mystery novel Quite an eclectic grouping, I admit. What books are on your bedside table, keeping you up past bedtime and/or providing comfort during challenging times?

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One Response to What I’m Reading

  1. Sharada says:

    Kathleen, thanks for this inviting and enticing inaugural newsletter. Thanks for introducing me to some new readings, when I catch up:) with current.. You got me to reflecting and back to finishing some cherished writings over the summer. They span the range and each takes me deeper into my journey of exploring intersection of race and gender, particularly the feminine gap. Here are my 9 or 10 that return me to source, with brief comments:

    How Men Turn Women Into Nothing. Andrey Davydov &Olga Skorbakyuk Short book, deconstructing identity formation, polemical essay inviting dialogue.
    The Education of a Little Tree. Forrest Carter… A Re-read in reminder of multiple identities in this body and being.
    Conversation With an Oak Tree, Carsten Graffiti…flows from imaging-my love of and remembrance of Joyce Kilmer’s loved poem,(Trees)
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou…decades since I last read. Maya’s transition along with Ruby Dees reminded me of admired Black women I met and who influenced my life.
    The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabelle Wilkerson. I loved interviews I saw with her, started book along with two others, and didn’t finish, Migration debates brought me back to complete it…2 and 1/2 years later :).
    The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis. Pulled to Re-read, spawned by recent conversations on dynamics of black men/women intergenerational.
    Home, Toni Morrison. Just because…my favorite writer beyond all.
    That Is That: Essays About True Nature, Nirmala. Find it a great read for my incessant pull to spiritual teachings with universal meaning…enforces my process of self-inquiry: inwardness energy vs external energy first, and blurring across boundaries.
    Book of the Dead, W. Budge. Doing a comparative reading, of this “classic” on Ancient Egyptian rites in contrast to others with African perspective: supports my years of “unraveling” in my light of my experiences in Egypt.
    Butterflies Are Free to Fly, Stephen Davis. Title attracted me, i.e. Butterflies as transformation, sense of freedom in flying, and word “are”, which feels like a conjunction here…are free or are bound?

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