September 2021: In the Rearview

So, looking back at the month that was September 2021…

I read five books (in order of favorite to least, although all were good):

  • Invisible Differences: A Story of Aspergers, Adulting, and Living A Life in Full Color by Julia Dachez (author) and Mademoiselle Caroline (illustrator)
  • Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, collected and with an introduction by Joy Harjo, 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman
  • Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry, also by Kemelman.

I think why I liked the graphic novel the best is because I (and my wife) think I’m probably on the spectrum somewhere. While I read one Goodreads review that said the resources offered at the end of the book were superficial, I thought it wasn’t meant to be exhaustive but an introduction. Personally I could relate to a lot of what Marguerite, the main character, experienced in her life. Even this morning, I found myself slightly overwhelmed by a neighbor’s barking dogs.

We watched eight TV shows (in alphabetical order, all are/were excellent):

  • Alice in Paris
  • Archer
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Only Murders in The Building
  • Reservation Dogs
  • Schmigadoon
  • Ted Lasso
  • What We Do in the Shadows

Hard to pick up a favorite, but I will: Reservation Dogs. Seek it out.

I listened to a little bit of this:

A little bit of that:

And a lot of meditation exercises from meditation apps (not providing the links, because…Google):

  • Headspace
  • Shine
  • Wake Up/Wind Down (with Niall Breslin)

I also listened/watched folklore: the long pond sessions on Disney Plus, that really enhanced the album. I’ll leave you with my favorite song from the album:

While I know September actually has five days left, how was your September? Read, watch, listen to, do anything good in the last month? Please share in the comments.

15 thoughts on “September 2021: In the Rearview

  1. I need to watch Ted Lasso. Been hearing so much about it. I hadn’t heard of Invisible Differences but now I’m going to look for it. It sounds interesting. Hope you’ve been doing well, Bryan!


  2. I do like Taylor’s latest album. A lot.

    September flew by. It started off well with birthday stuff but then became a big blur and now I am irritated over my knee. You did mention physical therapy and I am doing the exercises given to me but I make progress and then one slight twist and I am back to square one. I don’t want surgery.

    Reading has been good if not productive but I just looked at my review copy list and I only one two to read and review. Time to request a few more.

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  3. Invisible Differences sound great. I’ve always thought I’m a bit on the spectrum myself.

    Suddenly, after looking and looking for something we might like, we have a half dozen shows we are enjoying. Gilmore Girls (never saw this when it was first on). Star Trek Next Generation (first time rewatching). Great British Baking Show (soon). Stanley Tucci in Italy. Only Murders in the Building. All Creatures G&S (soon). And my cousin recommended The Cafe, so we’re thinking about a subscription to BritBox.


  4. I especially like the sound of Invisible Differences. I’m waiting on Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty from the library. Written by a young man with Autism, this book chronicles a year in his life.

    Sounds like you had a good month!


  5. I think seeing ourselves in books is so important, no matter how that is reflected.

    I just finished season 1 of Ted Lasso and think it’s a fantastic show! I am also watching The Morning Show, which is so very different and quite dark. Reservation Dogs is one I want to watch as well.

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  6. Interesting book list. I remember my mother liking those rabbi stories. So old!

    best… mae at


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