Embrace Doing Nothing

Embrace Doing Nothing

When Leonardo da Vinci was painting The Last Supper in Milan’s Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Prior reportedly complained that Leonardo was spending too much time standing about, staring into the distance, lost in contemplation. The Prior wanted to see the artist...
Lost in Libraries

Lost in Libraries

If you’re passionate about books, you’re probably passionate about libraries and would be happy to be lost inside one for a day. Step through the doors of a library and your senses are hit with distinctive smells of ink and paper, sounds of muted footsteps and hushed...
The Scattergun Approach

The Scattergun Approach

I’ve been jumping around like a jackrabbit when it comes to reading during the past year. One week I’m delving into The Europeans by Henry James then I’m switching centuries to read about modern-day émigrés in Janice Lee’s The Expatriates. I burrow into Renaissance...
Translated Fiction

Translated Fiction

Although I can bumble my way through basic Dutch to help with grocery shopping and rudimentary French to order from the menu in a Parisian bistro, I am fluent in only one language. I admire those who easily flit from one language to another in everyday conversation. I...
Flashlight Under the Covers

Flashlight Under the Covers

I’ve always been a voracious reader, ever since I discovered the magic of Charlotte’s Web, The Borrowers, Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. Just one more chapter, I’d say to my parents when they came into my room at bedtime to remind me it was lights out. I...

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