Books I Read in 2020

I don’t finish books I don’t enjoy. I recommend every one of these, and I am grateful to the writers who kept me company this year. Novels  Half in Love with Death by Emily Ross Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer The Known World by Ernest P. Jones The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon Chemistry by Weike Wang When Reasons End by Yiyun Li The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney Normal People by Sally Rooney Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel The Summer Demands…

Drink Water

You bought a new notebook for this? After the build-up and the vortex of accomplishment and the go big on resolutions hoopla, the first thing I have to say to myself is drink water?! Drink water. A few years ago I went through RCIA at the Newman Center.¬†During the session on Baptism, the leaders asked us to reflect on water as a symbol of renewal and rebirth. One of the other students was a Physician Assistant. After the talk, my new friend¬†and I walked together to our cars. “I never thought about the symbolism of water,” he said. “But in…