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Have you been “tidying up?”

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Dear friends,

Jennifer Le Zotte’s article “Why Marie Kondo’s Netflix Show Won’t Actually Change Us” raises important points about cultural differences and living space, and also, about the differences between a book and its visual interpretation through a medium like television.

Le Zotte explains the history of conspicuous consumption in America, and makes a compelling case of how acquisitiveness came to be deeply embedded in our culture.  “Decluttering” doesn’t lead to a downsized life – we simply replace the discarded items with things we consider “better.”

She also examines how Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” (the 2014 best-seller that inspired the Netflix show) presents a deeper, more expanded view of the benefits of decluttering than can be portrayed in a short television program.  The Netflix show focuses more on the people Kondo is helping than the method itself, and the cultural differences between Kondo and her American clients are played for humor.

The article is thought-provoking, and if you have any interest in these topics, I recommend it.  Click on the photo below to read it:

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Blessings,

Annette

Book reviews/recap – Nonfiction November!

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Hello lovely friends,

Here’s a review/recap of some books I read in November, including:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Quiet by Susan Cain

The Events of October by Gail Griffin

Educated by Tara Westover

Hope you enjoy the video! (Winnie makes an appearance too).  Please subscribe to my Youtube channel and follow me over on Goodreads if you are the bookish sort.

Blessings,

Annette

 

Thankful

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Dear friends,

This is the week when we focus on being thankful.  Being thankful isn’t just about feasting, football, and Black Friday sales, and I want to be mindful of that.

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This is a good time to reflect on our blessings, and to cultivate a peaceful mindset about the days ahead.  The “holidays” can bring stress in so many forms: family squabbles, overeating, fighting the crowds at the shopping mall or post office, worrying about travels, overspending, trying to figure out the perfect gift for each person on the list.  It’s exhausting, it’s depleting, and in between the moments of joy we find that we don’t feel so great after all.  We look forward to the new year so this will all be behind us.

Surely that’s not what our spirit really longs for, or what God wants for us.

This week, let’s all take a moment to reflect on all of this.  What am I grateful for?  How will I express that gratitude?  How will I cultivate a calm mind and spirit in the days ahead?  When I lose my focus, what can I do to remember what’s really important about this time of year?  And most importantly, how can I find peace for myself and bring it to others?

Wishing you comfort and joy,

Annette

Book review: Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

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Dear friends,

I gave this one three stars (out of five) – it was just ok for me, but it served its purpose as a fun, light, chick-lit palate cleanser between some of the heavier books I’ve been reading lately.

Josh and Hazel first met in college, and run into each other again a few years later in the “early career” stage of life.  Josh was very handsome (and, to Hazel, unattainable) in college, and when they meet again, he still takes her breath away.  Hazel is a quirky, bumbling, “Bridget Jones” type character who embarrasses herself all the time and doesn’t have a very good handle on her life.  She calls herself “undateable” for those reasons.

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Josh and Hazel become good friends, but agree they aren’t romantically suited to one another.  However, they’re both single and looking, so they make an agreement to set each other up on dates, and then to go out as a foursome.  These blind “double dates” are meant to ease the pressure of going out with a stranger for the first time … but they don’t work very well for Josh and Hazel.  Neither of them can seem to connect with the partners the other has chosen for them.

I’m sure you can imagine where this is going.

Aside from the predictable plot, my other issues with the book were:

1 – Hazel – the “manic pixie dreamgirl” stereotype.  Her bumbling is cute for a while, but there came a point where I just found her annoying.  Nobody is THAT far off her game, and she became unlikeable to me.

2 – The ending – which I won’t spoil here – has a “twist” that I wasn’t wild about.

I seem to be in the minority here – the book got lots of rave reviews on Goodreads.  For me, it was a fun bit of fluff, rather like having cotton candy at the fair – okay for a “treat” although it’s a lot of empty calories, and might leave you feeling a little bit unsatisfied afterwards.

Blessings,

Annette

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Thoughts and prayers

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Dear friends,

I’m aware that a lot of people scoff at the idea of sending “thoughts and prayers” when others are in need – but I’m not one of them.  I pray all the time.  I don’t believe prayer persuades God to do this or that, but rather, that prayer forces me to quiet my spirit, to listen, and to draw close to the Creator and to my fellow humans.  It opens me up to allow God to work in me, and through me.

If you, too, are a pray-er, I invite you to welcome the following people into your heart today:

The family of B, an elderly woman who is transitioning into nursing home care.  This is a very stressful time for her children and loved ones;

The family of S, who have been stunned both emotionally and financially when a loved one was recently jailed.

Please keep them in your heart today.

Blessings,

Annette