June brought on many new blooms, and personal insights. And at least one lived out dream. A beautiful month, in a beautiful place, with beautiful people and creatures.
What I watched, read, and listened to in June:
(Pictured Above) Kiki’s Delivery Service on Max
I’ve seen Kiki’s Delivery Service a ton of times, but the last time I watched it the dialogue pictured above hit different. I found the script online and took a screenshot of the dialogue from this scene so I that could remember it. In the scene, Kiki, a young witch who has suddenly lost her ability to fly, is sitting with her friend, Ursula, a painter. Failing, overcoming self-doubt, and finding your purpose are all major themes of this movie, and it mirrors a lot of what I’ve been experiencing over the past few years.
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
After finishing Pride and Prejudice, I decided that reading books that I already know the plot of make for the most relaxing before-bed reading. So I picked up A Room with a View, which I already know very well from the (amazing) 1985 movie. It’s wonderful. E.M. Forster continually amazes me with the little powerful philosophical snippets that he casually drops into the descriptions of scenes. I find myself deeply connecting to the heroine, Lucy Honeychurch, because I feel that I’ve felt exactly what Forster has described– that during a distressing time, creativity feels feeble and childish (though it isn’t), and that sometimes, when swept out of your comfort zone to a place that feels enlightening, society’s reality can bring you back down with a thud. He sharply articulates the chasm between the truth of the individual and the standards of society that make being a human so timelessly difficult.
Criminal Podcast on Stitcher
I think I’m late to hopping on the Criminal train, but it’s a great ride. I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts, but what I like about Criminal is that the concise, 15 minute episodes feel more like human interest stories with a true crime seasoning than just straight true crime. My favorite episode so far was about the black market for Venus Fly Traps (episode 5: “Dropping Like Flies”). I’ll let your curiosity take you to go listen to that one.
Songs of June:
My Favorite Product This Month:
(Not sponsored, I just really like it!)
I love this packable sun hat from Baggu.
I have one that I wear for gardening and I just ordered another one. Aside from being fun and coming in a bunch of great patterns, it’s also made from breathable cotton, has straps to tie under your chin, has an adjustable elastic band inside so it won’t fly off your head, and it folds up for transport and storage. It’s saved me from many a sunburn, and I get compliments on it constantly.
Thanks for reading! See you next time for July.