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Summer 2018: Read, Watch, Listen

Read. 

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.

Fiction: Binge-reading Anna Quindlen this summer. Top picks: Miller’s Valley, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Every Last One.

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!

Watch. 

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.

Listen. 

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.

 

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Objective

An Excerpt From The Homework Project, 2013

One of my favourite household objects can come in many shapes, sizes and colours. The most common style in my home is silver with a small amount of detail along the ridge, and always rectangular to ensure an easy fit. The large ones get hung on the wall for all to admire, and the smaller ones are placed in visible places around the living room, bedroom, and office. In my home, I use the larger ones to contain great works of art that bring me joy. The smaller ones contain treasured memories and the smiles of loved ones to brighten up my home. My favourite household object can hold the identity of others by way of photographs, paintings, and documents, but can you figure out this object’s identity?

Learning

An Excerpt From The Homework Project, 2013

A Birthday to Remember

The birthday I remember most was when I turned 25. I did not have a party or have friends over. I remember it because I got my very first apartment by myself. I took the day off work so I could be alone. I bought myself a new painting that I liked a lot. That birthday was the start of my new life away from home. The painting was on my wall until I moved out five years later. Now it is in my new home where I am living with my new husband. When I look at the painting, I will always remember turning 25 and making a new life for myself.

Cherry Blasters

An Excerpt From The Homework Project, 2013

Our Florida Vacation

The first and only time that I went to Florida was when I was ten years old. I went with my parents. We saw Disney World, the Kennedy Space Centre, and some very hot beaches. It was a very fun time. We stayed for one week, but had to catch our flight on time. The weather started to turn bad on our last day there. We got home just in time for a hurricane to hit Florida. Good thing we made it back safely! We were glad.

Follow you, Follow me

An Excerpt From The Homework Project, 2013

Making the Perfect Cup of Tea

An enjoyable cup of tea is easy to make, but so many people do it incorrectly. Follow these simple steps to make a delicious cup, every time.

Begin by pouring spring water into a medium-sized pot and set it on the stove at medium-high. Cover with lid to help water heat evenly.

Next, prepare your teapot by placing your desired tea bag inside. Usually, one pot will take two bags for a good brew. Check the packaging instructions to be sure of the potency.

You will hear a gurgle sound coming from the pot. When this begins to happen, remove the lid, and keep a close eye on the water.

Bubbles will appear on the surface of the water. Remove the pot from the heat and let stand for one minute. Remember to place the pot on a heat-resistant surface or cooling stand.

Add water to teapot and let steep for 5 minutes.

Your tea is ready for your finest china. Enjoy!