Thursday, December 22, 2016


      If I could give you the gifts which have offered most joy and comfort throughout my life, other than family, friends and good health, I would give you these three:  books, music and nature. When the humans in your life have let you down or are unavailable, and you need to lose yourself or escape temporarily, these three never fail. Now the first two are very subjective, so I will offer my top fiction and non-fiction gifts knowing that they may not be your particular taste. You might try one or two of each, however, and you might be surprised that we both appreciate that author’s or composer’s style. These spoke to me from a place inside myself that needed to be reached. Perhaps they will speak to you.


Fiction: Non-fiction:

The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah Boys in the Boat, Daniel James                         Brown
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt A Higher Call, Adam Makos

All the Light You Cannot See, Anthony Doerr Unbroken, Laura Hildebrand              

Girl From the Train (different than “on” the train)
Irma Joubert                                    The Wonder of Boys Michael Gurian

The Paris Architect Charles Belfoure The Gift of Imperfection Brené Brown                                  
One Man, Andrew Gross


Bruck, Violin Concerto #1

Mahler, Symphony #5

Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue

Dvorak, New World Symphony

Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 2

Gymnopédie, Erik Satie

Chopin Nocturnes

Nature: (U.S.)

Bryce Canyon, Utah
The Arches, Utah
Highway One - California
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Lido or Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, Florida
Sedona, Arizona
La Jolla, California
Red Rock Canyon, Utah
Acadia National Park, Maine

These are just a few of my favorites that I send out to whoever might be interested. Copy the list, and share it as you see fit.

Merry Christmas