Sweet Ann’s Words of Wisdom this week are these: “If you do it, it’s done. If you say it, it’s said.” This being said, don’t just say you are going to set the clocks back before bed on Saturday, do it! Also on Saturday, make the hardware store a destination for fresh batteries for your smoke detectors. This is a small investment with a potentially huge payoff. The words from the SoNo Loft this week are profound in a rather interesting way. “I got nothin’” was this week’s message and while it made me literally laugh out loud on the train, I started thinking about the nature of nothing. The idea of Nothing does not necessarily need to connote negativity. Sometimes having nothing can be a positive as in, I have no troubles, I have no need for an exterminator, I have no tooth decay, I have no reason to be concerned about (insert something to be concerned about here). As the brilliant Bob Dylan stated in Like A Rolling Stone, “When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose.” Or let’s go back to the Great American Songbook and George Gershwin, “I got plenty of nuttin’, and nuttin’s plenty for me.” Also! Think about the term “sweet nothings”. We all love having those whispered in our ears. So this weekend, I wish you some nothings in copious quantities to coincide with our longer nights. Speaking of nothing, please don’t forget that we are closed this Monday for the installation of the generator we hopefully will never need. This week we have a coat, a need for sleep, England and India, more India, even more India and a rather poignant set list from DJ Jazzy Patty McC.
Let us begin!
Kim, who can be found on many desks wearing many hats (and have you seen her sparkly boat shoes they are Fabulous!) has been reading The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury and the Obsession on the Trail of a $5,0000 Coat by Meg Noonan. Perhaps she is thinking more about winter than fall? When you see her, won’t you ask?
Caroline! She’s back as you all know. What you may not know, is that she is back and on the minimum sleep schedule of new motherhood. She makes it all look so easy and effortless that it is hard to believe she is pretty much on auto pilot. Maybe the extra hour this weekend will be spent sleeping? I wish this for her and I am sure you do too. “With pregnancy books far behind me, I’m now embarking on a mission for sleep. Ash and Finn are now on a schedule. I’m just not sure they’re aware. We’re rapidly nearing the age of 3 months, when I’m told everything magically gets easier. Until then, you’ll probably see me wandering Body & Soul and the Children’s Room parenting section with a coffee in one hand, and one of these in the other: Sleep: The Brazelton Way, Twin Set: Moms Of Multiples Share Survive & Thrive Secrets, The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions To Help Your Child Sleep Well And Wake Up Happy, and The Multiples Manual : Preparing And Caring For Twins Or Triplets. All of them are helpful in different ways, and luckily seem to have some main points in common. I’ve also received a few other multiple-specific suggestions which will be on order shortly. We’ll see you at Baby Laptime!
Jeanne. Staying true to form. Two things at once. “ In the spirit of All Hallows' Eve, I am reading John Boyne's new book, This House is Haunted. I became a fan of his with The Absolutist and with this new offering he continues to prove his versatility as a writer with language that befits the 1867 time period. Eliza Caine responds to an advertisement for the position of governess to young Isabella and Eustace at Gaudlin Hall in Norfolk, England. Already Dickensian? What she finds when she arrives is unnerving, to say the least. But is it a good ghost or a bad ghost? Also, what I really want to do is stay in my car and finish listening to The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Pakistani author, Moshin Hamid. If you have not yet read this or watched the movie, please listen to the audio version. I am positively enraptured with the reader, Satya Bhabha. He drew me in to the cafe where the very personal story of Changez, a Pakistani man who was educated at Princeton and returned to Lahore, takes place. Through Bhabha, Changez relates his story of a captivated American, but he captivates his listener right along with him.
Pat T. has just finished listening to the audio book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. “The reading of this story, even though hard to listen to at times, was wonderfully performed! The author, Katherine Boo is a documentary journalist who lived in the slums of Annawadi for over two years in order to give a realistic accounting of the ordinary lives of the Indian people living in this settlement. We come to know Abdul, a teenager who has been recycling garbage since the age of six; Asha, a formidable woman who has climbed the ladder by discovering her own way of corrupting the system and her daughter, Manju, who dreams of completing her college education in order to teach. Even though the circumstances of their lives are, at times, desperate, this is their reality and they are resilient, resourceful and always hopeful for a better life.
Daughter of Empire: Life as a Mountbatten by Pamela Hicks is my BDB of the week. Lady Pamela is not only the daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten but also a cousin to both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. This of course does not automatically make her interesting. What makes her interesting is that she had a front row seat during so many events of historic importance during her life not the least of which was the partition of India. While she will never replace my love/obsession for my Mitford Sisters, she really is a fascination in her own right.
DJ Jazzy Patty McC. leaves us with the following: “This past Sunday the music world lost a giant with the death of Lou Reed. His music and artistic influence shaped and informed decades. Before I learned of his death, I was contemplating all the red, white and blue lawn signs of local politics and the rolling back of clocks for the time change. Pretty pedestrian, small town stuff for sure, but then the news of his death kind of rocked my world. Lou was outspoken, political and honest through his wonderfully crafted art. That's the stuff of real life. Be fearless in your endeavors and never forget to be a force for change in the world. He broke new ground and I am happy to report that I’ve owned a cassette of his for a VERY long time. Lou once said that his goal was to ‘write the Great American Novel in the form of a record album’. Indeed, music tells a story. Sometimes it's a novel or sometimes it's a novella but it always paints a picture and that's the work of an artist. This week my playlist is all things Lou Reed and time going backwards (unless you live in Indiana). Don't forget to set those clocks back! DL The Legacy of Lou Reed 2013