March Roundup

Read time: 2 minutes

Here’s what I’ve been reading, listening to, and learning this month. Enjoy!

Reading

Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler

Parable of the Sower tells the story of a society fallen to drugs, war, and climate devastation. Lauren Olamina lives with her family and a close group of neighbours within a walled community near Los Angeles. When the walls fall, Lauren is thrust into the outside world in search of safety.

I read this book as part of Life’s Library Book Club. It reminded me a little of The Walking Dead in that, while the environment is harsh and resources are limited, it is other desperate humans that pose the greatest to danger to Lauren and her friends. It’s a thought-provoking and cautionary tale. Well worth a read.

Listening

Rewrite The Stars, The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman is a musical movie loosely based on the life of P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), a famous 19th century American Showman. A man of humble beginnings, P. T. dreams of a life of glory and fame. He gathers a group of outcasts and begins a circus.

Zac Efron plays P. T. Barnum’s business partner, Phillip Carlyle, who falls in love with the trapeze performer, Anne (Zendaya). Phillip is determined to date Anne; she is more reluctant, knowing that their interracial relationship would be more than difficult. I’ve had Rewrite The Stars, their love song, stuck in my head for weeks. It has gorgeous harmonies and is performed on trapeze – what’s not to love?

Phoebe Reads A Mystery, This Is Criminal Podcast

This Is Criminal Podcast usually covers quirky or unusual crime stories in half-hour episodes. Since the onset of COVID-19, however, showrunner Phoebe Judge has had to pause the show. She’s currently reading a chapter a day of a classic mystery book, beginning with The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. Phoebe’s calm, soothing voice has been a welcome sound during a stressful time.

Learning

Lynda.com Learning Video Courses

I recently discovered that I have access to Lynda.com, now also known as LinkedIn Learning, through my local public library account. The website has video courses for everything from Project Management to building a website to learning how to code. I’m about halfway through a course on the Basics of Graphic Design and am finding the videos extremely easy to follow. If you are finding yourself at a loss without something to do, why not brush up on some old skills or learn something new?

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