What exactly is the deadline for reflecting on 2009? I mean, has the ship sailed yet?
I've been keeping a list of books, films, music and other forms of culture that made a difference in my life last year. I just didn't post them yet because I...
a. didn't know the acceptable deadline to blog about 2009.
b. didn't have time to write lengthy thoughtful explanations about why these particular pieces made a difference.
BUT THEN, I read this post at my new friend Haley's blog and was inspired to follow her lead to share just the best of the best. In Haley's words I give you "bits and pieces of life and culture that made me laugh, cry, think, and become more like myself in 2009":
- Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks and A Writer's Life by Kathleen Norris. (If you'd like to read some other people's thoughts on this book, go here and here.)
- I spent the summer reading poetry and as much of Madeline L'Engle as I could find time to read -- YA fiction, memoir, spiritual writing. Nothing impacted me more than her candid real life storytelling in A Circle of Quiet and Two-Part Invention: The Story of A Marriage.
- Messed Up Everywhere Blues by Jason Harrod,
- New Redemption Song by Over the Rhine,
- In the Morning by Brian Moss.
- Indelible Grace Music
- Old Crow Medicine Show
- (500) Days of Summer soundtrack
- District 9
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Young at Heart
- all seasons of West Wing on Netflix
- all seasons of MadMen on Netflix
- Rick Steves Europe
- Forgive Thy Brother by Scott Erickson (I really didn't discover this until 2010, but the impact it had on me had everything to do with 2009)
Miscellaneous: flower gardens, spiritual disciplines, tequila-soaked watermelon, New York, New York, and....