… my spot in the sun, maybe a last hot day this year …

Reading Elif Shafak’s ‘The Islands of Missing Trees,’ sent by a friend.

It’s an apple, not a fig tree, but the voice Elif gives to the fig tree in her story would be true for my apple tree, which now rains fruit. The way she puts it …

… to sit under its branches is like a place that makes one forget, even if for just a few hours, the world outside and its immoderate sorrows …

I know, not many of us have a spot to sit alone or with friends to enjoy peace and forget about the troubles in the world for a while. But I thought I share my blessings. And yet …

‘We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.’ – William James

Right now thunder growls nearby and a few raindrops drum on the skylight.

Sorry for the duplicated tags. Can’t delete them, and finally, after an hour, I lost patience.


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11 responses to “… my spot in the sun, maybe a last hot day this year …

  1. Maristella Tagliaferro


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  2. Beautiful reflections, Ashen and the book looks very special! You have a perfectly harmonious and tranquil reading spot!

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  3. oem

    Hot day, reading, september
    Hot day, reading, sep tem ber
    Hot day, read ing sep em ber
    Ot day red tim bre

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  4. Rob

    Greetings Ashen
    It feels a tad synchronous that you quote the wonderful writer Elif Shafak. I have just finished the first book by her that I have ever read…” 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World”. It is certainly one of the most moving, compassionate and humane stories I have ever read. Her work was introduced to me just recently by a dear friend of Lebanese heritage and she is set to lend me some more books by Ms Shafak next week. And of course, it being now-a-days, I have listened to some of her Youtube talks.
    One thing in particular that comes out of her book for me is that life is, in many respects, virtually unbearable and that it is friendship and solidarity that renders it just about bearable.

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  5. What a lovely post, thank you for sharing, Ashen. I hope all is well.

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  6. What a lovely picture of summer reading–gorgeous. And that book is on my TBR!

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