Said It: Anne Frank, On the Power of Writing


“I can shake off everything as I write;

my sorrows disappear,

my courage is reborn.”

Last night Joe and I and our friend Kaci went to a wonderful reading series called Tell It Slant, which was held at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. The reading was in collaboration with the museum’s exhibit ‘Anne Frank: A History For Today’. I was particularly inspired by this quote from Anne Frank. I don’t think I read her diary when I was young, but have put it at the top of my reading list for this year.

If you are in Portland and interested in this Anne Frank exhibit, it’s on until April 14, 2015.

In Bed: (Books I Read) in 2014…

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I realized while compiling this collection that looking back at the books you’ve read in the span of a year is a great way to take stock of the recent chapters of your own life.

Each book on my 2014 list is reminder of the mindset I was in at the time I read it, of what compelled me to buy/borrow/open it in the first place, and what made me continue turning the pages.

What if every year you catalogued what you read, and at different stages of your life looked back at the archive, using the books as placeholders of your experience? It’s an interesting lens to see through, an alternate way of accessing memory for the purpose of self-reflection.

So much of our collective energy is focused on what direction we’re headed and what we haven’t yet accomplished. It’s easy to feel, continually, like we aren’t quite where we want to be. Amidst the highs and lows of the past year, I’ve felt at times like I’m somehow ‘behind’. Perhaps thinking back on our reading choices and how they reflect different aspects of our lives can help us see our process (and progress) more clearly, so we value and respect the growth we’ve undergone.

So I’ll start here, with my 2014 reading list.

About the title — why, “In Bed”? Continue reading


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