In Bristol at Trinity College, 2021 Favorites

2021 Favorites

Muddy Bristol Walking, 2021 Favorites
Muddy walking around our new home.

2021 Favorites

Happy New Year from our new home!

We ended 2021 by moving back to the UK. It’s been a bit of a flurry, but now we are in our new home in Bristol, quarantining and waiting for our shipment of stuff to arrive.

Our house is currently empty except for a couple of mattresses on which we are sitting, reading, hanging out and sleeping. It’s a strange time, waiting to be “free” from isolating and wondering what our life will be like here in our new town.

It feels both entirely new and strangely familiar.

More to come from Bristol, but for now,

I’m recording my favorite reads and round-ups from 2021.

As always I have so much gratitude for the artists, writers, musicians and poets who make my world more beautiful (and bearable) by their presence!

2021 Favorites: Books 

How The Word Is Passed by Clint Smith

The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (re-read)

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion

The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Faith After Doubt by Brian McClaren

Christian Meditation by James Finley

Merton’s Palace of Nowhere by James Finley

First, We Make The Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green (audiobook)

The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. (audiobook)

Broken Horses by Brandi Carlisle (audiobook)

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey (audiobook)


2021 Favorites: Songs 

Jubilee by The War and Treaty

To Hell & Back by Maren Morris

A Change Is Gonna Come by Leslie Odom, Jr

Getting Older by Billie Eilish

The Secret Garden by AURORA

Sapling by Foy Vance

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly by The Potter’s House

2021 Favorites: Movies


Your Name

Judas and The Black Messiah

Promising Young Woman

The Trial of the Chicago 7

2021 Favorites: Podcasts 

Poetry Unbound

Eckhart Tolle Podcast

DuoLingo Podcast

Turning to the Mystics

2021 Favorites: Experiences 

Slowly regaining strength all spring from having COVID.

Spring break road trip with Simon + meeting my mom at the beach.

Watching Simon blaze the trail as we hiked in the Shenandoah with friends.

Summer camping with family in Michigan’s UP.

Meeting online with a group of women to slowly work through two books on race: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee.

Returning to the Camino.

Walking in Arkansas over Christmas, getting some trail time with my dad.

Ending our time in Illinois with grace and landing in Bristol on our 27th anniversary.

Want to see more favorites (mostly books) from past years? Here’s 2009, 20122013, 201720182019 and 2020.

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