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
Judas and The Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7
2021 Favorites: Podcasts
Eckhart Tolle 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.