Welcome to our virtual cafe, where we'll chat about what I've been reading, writing, and doing over the past month. I invite you to have a seat, grab your inspirational beverage of choice, and join me in sharing a leisurely cup of caffeine for the soul.
What I'm Reading
My most recent reading endeavor topped out at a smidge over 500 pages. I’ve only had the chance to consume a single book this past month, but it’s one worth having a look at.
Ms. Ahern inspects love and how it might last forever, even amid tragedy. It’s gut-wrenching in one moment and heartwarming in the next. But the way she brings characters to life who aren’t physically in the story? It adds realistic depth to the themes she explores in a compelling way.
A slow and unsteady journey toward a significant relationship happens for the main character, Holly. But it’s that element that helps me appreciate it more. And it results in a satisfying conclusion that encourages the reader to add a postscript to their own lives. P.S. - It’s never too late. Read my complete review for P.S. I Love You on Goodreads.
What I'm Writing
After months spent chronicling Claire Perkins’ story, Fly Away Home has been published. A persistent sense that her narrative needed to be written, and now, is something I’m happy I pursued. I hope it serves as a worthy introduction to our beloved town of Pigeon Grove. I invite you to download it for free from all major retailers or my website.
It’s been tough to shift gears after such an emotional roller coaster ride. But I’m excited to find my way back toward developing book two of the Pigeon Grove series, Splendid Chaos. Maria Caldwell and Andrew Stratton are calling for my attention. I hope to share some sneak peeks with you about their story over the coming months.
What I'm Doing
Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to be in a particular place. Even when there are so many things to be frustrated about or annoyed with, there’s magic all around. I witnessed that on a recent muggy Saturday morning in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Living on the Space Coast means many things. Miles of beaches, tranquil views of the Indian River Lagoon, and rockets. Lots of rockets. The sight of that trailing flame ascending into the sky is awe-inspiring. But the rumble that follows, the deep-seated intensity you feel in your chest? It can’t be explained. It needs to be experienced. Although it never gets old, I’ll admit I take it for granted sometimes. I feel lucky to watch those launches from my backyard.
This past month celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. A return to the past on the humid morning I mentioned was nostalgic. A parade of old Corvettes carried astronauts. Newer Tesla models transported their families. It was enlightening to see the combination of old and new. And the opportunity for my son’s high school robotics team to walk in the parade with their robot? It made the experience all that more enjoyable for me as a dad.
But it was something unexpected that fully captured the spirit of this day. People arrived at our booth set up to promote FIRST and our robotics team. An elderly gentleman sitting on a bench was intrigued, asking one of our high school students to explain how their team and competition season worked.
I watched their interaction with a smile on my face. I learned that this gentleman worked on the Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago. He designed the air conditioning and heating units on the spacecraft that carried our astronauts to the lunar surface.
Seeing how far we’ve come, technologically, was awe-inspiring. Inquisitive minds, whether from half a century ago or the present day, create amazing things that have the power to change the world. But even more inspiring, was witnessing the power of human connection across several generations as these two people shared a mutual bond for exploration and discovery.
We spend so much time looking down, at our phones or even the sidewalk. To make sure we know exactly where we’re headed. Today’s society encourages us to have a plan, to know the path we intend to walk along. But that approach often stifles the discovery of a path the uncovers the true essence of ourselves.
Is it nice to have that comfortable feeling of being in control? Sure. But embracing that feeling of uncertainty, not knowing exactly where the road we’re on might lead us? There’s some anxiety in that, for sure, but it also has the power to open our eyes to new ideas and discoveries that just might help us make sense of everything in a single moment.
Look up and let go of expectations. Explore. Wander. Give in to seeing all the possibilities written in the stars.
Until next month, stay inspired! And, as always, I welcome a short (or long) email to say hi or share your thoughts on this month's final sip...
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
~ George Eliot ~