but today I'm really thankful for a fresh coating of snow. It's kind of like fresh paint outside. Plus it doesn't smell.
I'm really really thankful I'm not on a Carnival Cruise right now because nothing would make me more insane than being trapped at sea without power, flushing toilets or running water. About a month ago I was at a wedding reception where the septic system backed up into the women's bathrooms. No flushing toilets and a pool of water rising from the floor drain. Yeah, THAT about put me over the edge--and I was free to leave! My conviction about never going on a cruise is even deeper today.
I gave a little talk today at about empathy before women's Bible study at church. Years ago I was in a spot and I phoned a friend. Instead of empathy--or compassion, support, advice, help or humor--she'd told me "You made your choices, deal with it." What felt like a sucker punch to the gut back then was a useful anecdote today. I shared two takeaways from that experience: 1) make sure you bark up the right tree when you're looking for empathy and 2) learning to put others before yourself and "wearing" their feelings as your own will make you a more empathetic, kind, compassionate and loving human being. It's weird how bad experiences can transform your understanding of the world just as much as good experiences can...
We have a dog who barks at the truck from the thrift shop but disregards a flock of turkeys strolling through the yard.
I'm reading a book that SHOULD by all accounts be wonderfully written. It's edited by people whose work I respect. The reviews included words like "charming" and "intriguing" but right now all I can think is "boring" and "pointless." I'm slogging through it--had planned to give away a copy on my blog, but unless the last 50 pages turn things around, I can't do it. I keep waiting for the plot to thicken, it's rather flimsy and contrived, and frankly rather dull reading. I did not expect this to happen. It's not weird for me to refuse to give away a bad book, but I'm loath to give it a bad review. Even on GoodReads, I'd rather say nothing at all instead of posting a poor review about a book.