Some very affecting stuff this week, much to ponder in this selection on grief and talking, on silence and growing up, as well as being a grateful parent and human being. There’s a podcast on one of the great songs that can be bent and shaped into a musical standard and a jazz classic, and the photo is proof of the beauty of our little part of the world.
Malachy Clerkin, stepping away from sport, his usual patch, here, writes about the ache left behind when a loved one dies and how that gap is always there, it just takes the most unexpected trigger to remind you.
Also stepping away from sport, though into his other field, Richie Sadlier wrote here about seeking and benefiting from therapy in troubled times. It isn’t something he was comfortable telling people about at the time, but ultimately talking helps, whether we seek professional help or a friendly ear elsewhere.
I constantly refer back to Maria Popova’s Brainpickings selections, a source of regular brainfood. This essay is on Paul Goodman, who I’m only discovering after reading this piece and the Nine Kinds of Silence he identified. It fits well with the previous selections. I’m trying the fertile silence of awareness at the moment!
In the middle of a blogpost called Why children do not care about being successful adults, Ben Newmark wrote a sentence that had me punching the air.
My school life was miserable and I would have done anything to be happier. The idea that by working hard I was more likely to be a successful adult one day, and should take comfort from this abstract idea, was inconceivable to me because my world was all-encompassing and the idea of ‘growing up’ had very little meaning.
This was me too. And I resolved very early in my teaching career that I would never forget what it was like to be a teenager. Great read
And finally, an old(?!) friend of the Reads of the Week returns: Heidi Stevens turned 43 this month and wrote about what she really wants from her kids for her birthday. It’s rare enough that I read something and pass it straight to my wife on the couch for her to read, but I did with this.
Podcast of the week is from BBC Radio 4’s series Soul Music again. This edition is on My Favourite Things and it trips from Julie Andrews and the Sound of Music to John Coltrane in short but brilliant music odyssey. Every episode is worth a listen.
And this weeks image of a place I know well. Every Saturday morning I take my kids swimming giving me the hour off to go for a run. One of the routes I take regularly brings along the river Suir at the end of Bulmers Orchard where Jonathan Ryan took this photograph of the apples dislodged from trees after Hurricane Ophelia blew by a fortnight ago. We’re lucky to live in a place so beautiful.