Summer weather has been slowly drifting our way here in Minneapolis.
The first few iris and lily-of-the-valley are gracing my gardens, turtles sun-bathe on half-submerged logs in the ponds I pass on my morning walks, and a swell of deep green has washed like magic over all that was so recently barren.
So much life, life, life surrounds me and I am purposing to slow down and notice this host of large and small wonders.
Nature is a healing force, and I find I have need of it especially this year. Part of the healing I’m seeking is for a bit of burn-out with my blogging.
When I started Orange Marmalade 9+ years ago, I had no idea what it would look like and certainly no idea of how it would change and stretch me.
I feel profoundly grateful for the beauty and fascination, rich ideas and lives I’ve encountered in the thousands and thousands of books I’ve read. I’d say about 90% of the time, blogging has been a complete joy, and just a small fraction of the time I’ve had to really push myself to keep up.
But honestly — it has been a massive expenditure of time and energy, and I am feeling the need for a small break and time to do some ruminating on what directions I might take Orange Marmalade in the future, how I could reconfigure things such that areas I am longing to devote more time to personally, can serve both my heart’s desires and the common good.
So, this summer I am giving myself permission to blog quite infrequently.
I have some posts ready to go that I will publish including another huge list of 50+ books of 100-ish pages or less (lots of juicy goodies there!), some graphic-novel-style easy readers to bring pizzazz to your beginning reader, a couple of ace short chapter books, and I’ve still got a stack of picture books on my family room floor that I want to share with you even if it’s just a bare-bones sharing of titles because they are so superb!
I know I will come across other things I just cannot NOT share with you. But there will not be a regular rhythm to the posts this summer.
I am looking forward to doing a lot of work in my wildly out-of-control yard and gardens, reading stacks of adult literature and non-fiction I’ve been itching to sink my teeth into, cooking more thoughtful, plant-based meals,
walking and biking and kayaking, enjoying friends and family, and just not feeling the pressure of weekly lists-of-five and on-going intensive reading projects that I cannot seem to help assigning myself!
One thing I’ve discovered is that the Orange Marmalade community is a sagacious, thoughtful, kindhearted, richly-creative, hearty group of people.
I’m hopeful that when I come back to blogging, we can develop an even more organic, full-of-juicy-life place to meet and encourage one another with good books and lives pushing into the focal areas that have distilled here over the years — kindness, quietude, imagination, cultural diversity, outdoor play (yes, for us adults, too!), Earth-care. And who knows what else.
I do hope you’ll stay connected with me!
To that end, I would really love to hear what parts of the blog you find most helpful, what you love, what you wish I would read more of or talk about, or any other ideas or input you have for me as I sift and sort my thoughts.
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Thanks so much for your understanding.
Your book recommendations have been an ongoing source of inspiration and help to me in enriching the literary part of life in our young homeschooling years. Enjoy your summer, and I’ll be on the lookout for your emails when they happen into my inbox to see what you have to share with us. Thank you!
Thanks, Coriander! Hope you and your family have a lovely summer as well!
You and your blog are such a gift, Jill! I am glad you are taking rest and I hope it is soul-filling. I love the titles of books you offer and trust your judgment so I usually scroll through and request titles from the library. The place where I really take time to read is like a post today–your essays of personal thoughts. I would love more of those!
Fully enjoy quiet and adventure of summer-living!
Thank you, Jen. That is super helpful to hear!
I hope you have a wonderful summer, full of good books, time with family, and lots of time spent in the great outdoors. I very much appreciate your blog and lists of books. As a grandparent it is a gold mine of gift suggestions! I am wondering if you would ever consider writing the occasional blog post about books for grown-ups.
Thanks so much, Kristie. I love that we “met” though the blogosphere 🙂 Including books for grown-ups is one of the things I’m mulling, so we’ll see! I appreciate the input.