Becoming the Person You’re Meant to Be – I love this round-up of quotes (all by women) on Cup of Jo. I love what Dani Shapiro has to say about practice, Stevie Nick’s observation on the primacy of grace, and Patti’s Smith’s reminder that it’s good to be alive. (thanks to Amanda Magee for drawing my attention to this list).
The Gift of Presence – This piece, by Parker Palmer, asserts (far more beautifully) something I’ve been saying for a while: sometimes the truest manifestation of friendship and love is simply abiding. Staying near someone. Offering our presence, and our attention, and our love. Not our advice or our attempts to fix (as well-intentioned as those usually are).
To Insist That Sorrow Not Be Meaningless – I read and love everything Dani Shapiro writes, but this piece struck a particular nerve. Maybe it’s because right now feels like a somewhat sorrowful time. Maybe it’s because I’m keenly attuned, right now, to meaning in all its forms. Maybe it’s because it’s gorgeously written. No matter. Read this. Twice.
I’m coming to the end of a relentless Linda Fairstein binge (I really can’t get enough of the Alexandra Cooper series – for example – Death Dance: A Novel (Alexandra Cooper Mysteries – it hits the precise same part of my brain that loves Law & Order SVU). I’m reading Peggy Orenstein’s bracingly-named (and -written, frankly – scary, and powerful!) Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape now. Next up is Katherine Ozment’s Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age and Katherine Wilson’s Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law. (disclosure: these are Amazon affiliate links).
What are you reading, thinking about, and loving lately?
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