Normally, I have a fiction and non-fiction on the go simultaneously. Of course, the fiction selections are generally completed at a much faster rate than the non-fiction. Many of my recent non-fiction selections have given me pause and require time for processing and reflection. Fiction selections are good for a change of pace while I set down the non-fiction. I tend to binge-read novels by fiction writers whose style I find compelling.
Non-Fiction: “Knowing Woman” by Irene Claremont De Castillejo
The author, a Jungian analyst, explores the meaning of masculine and feminine. In particular, she describes the concept of feminine consciousness and the relationship within and among human psyche. One of my favourite parts is where she discusses the marked difference between acting from a sense of duty and those who perform labours of love. The best way to support Relationship with others is to consciously work on the relationship within.
I’m a sucker for Bildungsroman novels, especially when there’s an unpredictable twist of fate or circumstance. Toss in a country or lakeside setting, a female protagonist, a sprinkle of romance, and a dash of magic, and I’m there!
Okay, so I’m a Trekker. My recent binge-watch has been the movies, starting with Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Most certainly not the most action-packed or riveting of the Star Trek movies, but worth viewing (even if you do use the fast-forward function in certain spots of the film) for the intrigue and plot twist. I don’t want to give away the answer to the plot’s riddle, but if you can get past the boring spaceship and docking-bay shots, you’re well on your way to a “fascinating” exploration into creation, consciousness, and life’s mysterious ways.
My morning commute radio station recently played Live’s Lightning Crashes. Sometimes a song from your youth just catches up to you (or maybe it’s the other way around) and you turn it up and listen intently. They repeated the playlist again a few days later and I cranked it encore! Have you heard this song lately? The lyrics are absolutely genius and overwhelmingly beautiful; the natural cycle of life in all of its passion and splendor. It is fittingly performed in the B major scale, expressing the very fullness of the sacred feminine.