Commonplace Book, 46

What is a commonplace book? For me, this is a space where I post interesting links, reflections on what I’m reading, and the newest recipes I’ve been trying out — a collection of miscellaneous micro-posts.

What I’m fixing:

  • Oven-Roasted Asparagus. Because when my little sister-in-law is in town, I break out the garlic in serious quantities.

What I’m reading:

  • The Practice of the Presence Of God. My priest suggested I read it, then sheepishly admitted he hadn’t. But it’s quick, and parts are really helpful. For a couple days afterwards, I felt a sort of afterglow of mindfulness and was less panicky. I’m hoping some of it sticks around. (Note: I’ve linked to the free Kindle version, so now you have no excuse.)

“O my GOD, since Thou art with me, and I must now, in obedience to Thy commands, apply my mind to these outward things, I beseech Thee to grant me the grace to continue in Thy Presence; and to this end do Thou prosper me with Thy assistance, receive all my works, and possess all my affections.”

  • Countdown City and World of Trouble. Despite their increasingly hokey titles, I enjoyed the second and third installments of The Last Policeman series as much as the first.
  • “It’s All In Your Head: The One-Way Intimacy of Podcast Listening” (NPR) This! I know so many people love the feel of podcasts — like you’re sitting down with a friend over coffee, as the saying goes — but I always feel voyeuristic and pathetic. I mean, arguably blogging does some of the same things — it’s entirely possible that you now know more about me and my life than I do about you — but somehow that feels less creepy for me, maybe because books set the precedent. Am I the only one who feels this way?


The time machine:

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