A Book Chat [Sort Of] About The Three Books That I’m Reading [Kind Of] This Month

[This month I’ve read three books.  Well, to be more accurate– I’ve been browsing through, glancing at, skimming across three books.  Because these books are not my usual fare of novels, histories, memoirs, I didn’t feel like I needed to read them in a linear way.  Kind of fun to read like this, btw.]

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•  For Christmas I received a copy of Giada’s Feel Good Food by Giada De Laurentiis.  The book is mostly a cookbook with a few pages of personal details every so often.  Over the weekend I sat down to read the personal parts of the book and found this quote on page 198: “I have curly hair, so I always brush it in the shower.”

This makes no sense to me.  I’ve always been told to never brush my curly hair when it is wet.  Yet here is Little Miss Accomplished & Gorgeous telling me to do this.

I’m confused.  More than normal, that is.  Why is she doing this?

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•  A business acquaintance gave me a signed copy of Bring Your Superpowers To Work by Darcy Eikenberg, ACC.  As some of you know, I have a love/hate relationship with self-help books.  A few of them I’ve found to be useful, but most of them I find to be stating the obvious, poorly written and ultimately defeatist.

That being said, I love this book.  Darcy is a life coach who knows how to write and provides practical ideas about how to become a better version of yourself.  My favorite witticism of hers is on page 51: “affirm the squirm.”  Meaning that if you’re intellectually uncomfortable with a new healthy behavior, then you’re growing a superpower & going in the right direction for you.

I’m still working on my Superpowers List;  but when I complete it, I’ll be epic.

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  •  I’d forgotten all about Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg until I found a copy of it when I was reorganizing our home office after the new desk arrived.  I decided that reading bits & pieces of this book, in no particular order, would be a great way for me to jumpstart my writing career.

To wit, the piece that I’m currently enamored of is on page 119 where she talks about making writing sweet:  “… always associate learning with sweetness.  It should be the same with writing.  Right from the beginning, know that it is good and pleasant.  Don’t battle with it.  Make it your friend. “

Isn’t this a lovely thought?  Who doesn’t need more friends?

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12 thoughts on “A Book Chat [Sort Of] About The Three Books That I’m Reading [Kind Of] This Month”

  1. Brushing your hair (curly or not) in the shower sounds very ridiculous! Is this done while the shower is running, or when the water is turned off?—Weird!! Good luck with your super powers list:) I love the thought making your writing your friend…you can do it!

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    1. Beth, I don’t get the logic behind brushing your hair in a shower– at all. I’m having fun with the superpowers idea, but seem to be stalled right now. I bet that you, as an artist, would like the last book; the ideas are as relevant to creating art as they are to writing.

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  2. Maybe Giada just likes all her loose hair to fall out and clog up the drain in the most efficient way possible. I was told to use a detangling comb and conditioner in the shower, though the only way that works is to brush all the knots out beforehand.

    I look forward to reading about your superpowers!

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    1. Zazzy, so Giada is all about efficient drain clogging, eh? That’s as good of explanation as any. 😉

      I look forward to reading about my superpowers, too. Sadly, that list may be a long time in coming. I seem to be a few superpowers short of a list… so to speak.

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  3. Interesting how the Eikenberg book is growing on you. As far as I am concerned, EVERY power you have is a superpower. Except maybe cleaning mirrors.

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    1. Z-D, well thank you very much for the positive evaluation of my superpowers. I agree with you that cleaning mirrors IS. NOT. MY. FORTE. Thank goodness you excel at that task.

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    1. philmouse, so had I. It was just on a shelf with lots of how-to write, create, organize books. So I grabbed it and have been pleased to reacquaint myself with Goldberg’s basic wisdom.

      Bet that you’ll feel the same way when you find your copy and start flipping through it.

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  4. How DO you clean mirrors? I can’t imagine brushing or combing my hair doing anything in the shower. My hair has to be dried with a circular brush. Otherwise, I look like a hillbilly.

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    1. Margaret, beats me about both: how-to clean mirrors and why to brush your hair in the shower. It’s all just part of the magic of life– not knowing everything, I guess. 😉

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    1. Kourtney, I agree. I read that and thought to myself: “I’m doing this writing thing all wrong.” Her words resonated with me. Kindness, indeed.

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