Life List      see the Grand Canyon | rent a house on the coast of Maine | take a sabbatical | own a VW Rabbit convertible | read Look Homeward Angel  | sing in public | go whale watching | hike | learn to play the banjo | paint | learn to meditate | experience past life regression hypnosis | trust God | live in a cottage in the English countryside | have a flat in Paris | drink more champagne | go to Australia | see a psychic | write a book | do a reading from a book I’ve published | study with Lee Smith | start less, finish more | see Don Giovanni | go to the Carter Fold | get serious about writing poetry | take my kids to see the Grand Canyon | run a 5k | drink more water | take a soak in the Dead Sea | plant a bed of peonies | ride a camel | New Year’s Eve in Times Square | have facials regularly | pack lightly | dune buggy ride in Brazil | African safari, followed by lunch on the tundra with a white linen tablecloth and heavy silver candlesticks | Make boeuf bourguignon | speak French, in France | see Oprah live | be a good tennis player |  spend the night in a castle | have a weekend home in the mountains | learn to put things away | read Anna Karenina | grow corn | start a book club | enjoy cleaning house | knit a pair of socks | have an apartment in Manhattan | create a line of greeting cards | have 3 dogs | spend christmas in aspen | stop lecturing my daughter | get to know my neighbors | bartend | become a vegetarian | stay in my lane | get a haircut that can air dry and look decent |  walk on a glacier | walk across the Charles Bridge | see the men’s and women’s finals at the US Open | go to Wimbledon | go to the French Open | live where i can have coffee and look at the mountains every morning | learn to play golf | eat at Husk | watch Six Feet Under | learn to rumba | count my blessings | sell a painting | learn to play chess | and bridge | read War and Peace | Riff on something | believe God | do a smooth pilates roll up | High Tea at The Lowell with Colette | Jerusalem with Gary

Favorite Books

  • Varina
  • Lincoln in the Bardo
  • Gentleman in Moscow
  • Hannah Coulter
  • The Snow Child
  • The Essex Serpent
  • Cold Mountain
  • The Red Tent
  • On Agate Hill
  • Serena
  • The Poisonwood Bible
  • The Kite Runner
  • The Signature of All Things
  • Water for Elephants
  • Evening
  • The Year of Magical Thinking
  • East of Eden
  • Jane Eyre
  • Cannery Row
  • Cry the Beloved Country
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • Colony
  • Wicked
  • The Shell Seekers
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Gap Creek
  • Fair and Tender Ladies
  • Oral History
  • One Thousand White Women
  • Charlie Bland
  • All The Little Live Things
  • The Unlikely Lavender Queen
  • The Prince of Tides
  • The Help
  • Nightwoods
  • Rules of Civility
  • Big Magic
  • On Agate Hill
  • The Pilgrimage of Harold Frye
  • The Love Song of Queenie Hennessey
  • Dimestore

What I’ve Learned      
1) Miracles happen.
2) Most disagreements are really misunderstandings.
3) Sometimes the best thing you can do is let go.
4) No matter how many pairs of shoes you have, you will never have the right color, with the right heel, in the right style, for the outfit you just bought.
5) Or the right bra.
6) When you consider the happiest days of your life, chances are good you were at the beach for at least one of them.
7) The most powerful force in the universe is criticism from your mother.
8) Love never ends.
9) There are times when you just need to be kissed.
10) Friends don’t tell.
11) Sometimes, it’s harder to be a good Indian than a good chief.
12) “Dona nobis pacem” is the prettiest prayer I know.
13) You never know.

Favorite Movies
Out of Africa
Driving Miss Daisy
The Sound of Music
When Harry Met Sally
Educating Rita

5 thoughts on “lists

  1. If only I could read! You are something else Cathy Monetti!…….You make this world a much better place…….Thanks,………”FOR BEING YOU” !

  2. Yes, even when we don’t see other other for a while, you and I seem to be reading the same book! (I just finished “While Your Were Sleeping.” What are you reading now?)

  3. We, too, have many in common. I didn’t figure you for a John Irving fan, though. My friends think that (among other things) makes me weird. My college friend, Jeannie Ralston, who I’ve reconnected with thanks to her book, will be honored to be included here!

  4. I just bought Cutting for Stone but haven’t read it yet! (I did read his first book, My Own Country.) And I must add On Golden Pond to the list. You are so right.

    Thanks so much for for the rec. Send more! Send more!

  5. Because we have sooo many books and movies in common, I must recommend adding to the list
    Book: Cutting for Stone

    Movie: On Golden Pond


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