But I Digress: November, 2023
Another round of holidays is here, along with all the tips for how to survive time with family. As I put the finishing touches on my contribution to “Friendsgiving,” I’m thankful for the opportunity to spend this holiday with people who love me for exactly who I am. I’ve already talked with people who are dreading the “navigation” around certain family members who seem determined to ruin it for the rest of us.
When my immediate family unit blew up in the wake of my beloved father’s death, I’d experience unease when someone would ask about how I was spending the holidays. I’m pleased to report that I now feel no such discomfort in sharing my plans. If anyone thinks I ought to be doing something different, well, that’s an opinion I’ll feel free to ignore. People still struggle to talk about dysfunctional families, and the Hallmark Channel doesn’t make it any easier. I’d like to think that by sharing my story, it makes it easier for others to feel a little less alone.
As I look back on the events of this year, my heart overflows with gratitude for everyone who supported me on my book journey by buying a copy, spreading the word, writing a review, or just sending me a note telling me how it affected them.
Grateful for Reconciliation
I’m also grateful for the power of reconciliation. I’ve experienced it several times in the past few months and it’s convinced me that, until we’re in the ground (or scattered into the sea or some other location), there’s always, ALWAYS a possibility for reconciliation, if it’s the right thing for those involved. The longer I live, the more I see how sometimes a simple misunderstanding or miscommunication can derail a relationship. Open hearts can put it back on track.
Have you experienced reconciliation?
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?
~ Until next month,
Twin Cities friends, if you bought a book and would like it signed, I’ll be at Twin Cities Obedience Club in Minneapolis this coming Saturday and can sign your copy!
If you’ve been meaning to buy a book, I’ll have books there to sell!
This podcast came to my attention via a recommendation from a Facebook friend. I’ve become fascinated with the study of the human mind and how people find strength in times of adversity.
November book recommendations
I first read this book many years ago, but picked it up again to study J.R. Moehringer’s writing style. A good memoir should read like a good novel, and this one delivers.
This book blew me away. I wasn’t so sure when I started, as I wondered if I could get into a story about an octopus in captivity. But it was so much more than that. Trust me.
I’ve set a new goal of 60 Amazon ratings/reviews by the end of the year. Can you help me out? Here’s the link: