More things I love lately

I recently re-read Crossing to Safety (which Will Schwalbe’s beautiful The End of Your Life Book Club inspired me to do) and found it even more breathtakingly gorgeous and powerful this time.  Stegner’s novel joins Harry Potter in the rarefied ranks of books I’ve read three times.  It’s outrageously beautiful, human, and honest.  As I get older I appreciate both my own adult couple friends and Stegner’s rendering of the deep companionship, occasional conflict, and true love that can exist between couples more and more.

Between Splinters and Sparkles is one of my favorite posts by Amanda Magee, which is saying something, because I adore everything she writes.  This piece, about the beauty that is right there waiting for us, as soon as we let go of our attachment to how it was supposed to be, brought tears to my eyes and gladness to my heart.

These tights from Lululemon are keeping me warm, even at 5:30 am in the dark and below freezing.  They are cozy and I literally look forward to putting them on in the morning.

Great Kid Books – I love this beautiful blog that is chock full of thoughtful recommendations.

Every So Often the World is Bound to Shake – Powerful blog post by Jennifer Pastiloff about what happens when the earth splits and you fall in.  A reminder that all human beings experience the terrain under their feet quaking, and a testament to the ability of the human spirit to survive and, even, to thrive.

Little Things Add Up – I’d argue that some of Dominique Browning’s resolutions aren’t little things at all (deciding to be positive, getting more sleep, a whisper of thanks and an act of kindness every day) but I love her reminder that every small thing counts.  Getting off the elevator and walking an extra flight of stairs.  15 more seconds in a hug.  Let’s all remember that big changes are often the accumulation of many, many small choices every day.

What books, things, blogs, and ideas have your attention these days?

 


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12 Comments

  1. Posted January 3, 2013 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Oh, Lindsey, you have such a way… Thank you for embracing me into the things you love, I have mutual admiration for your writing.

  2. Posted January 3, 2013 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I love how you always find blogs I’ve never seen before and they’re always incredible.

    Putting Crossing to Safety on the list!

  3. Posted January 3, 2013 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Yay! Two more books to add to my growing list. I’ve always enjoyed your recommendations.

  4. Posted January 3, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Lindsey, I never took the time to comment when I read it last week in the midst of holiday celebrations, but your post Transition, has been with me ever since. I’ve been reflecting so much on the space between everything in my life – the quiet, seemingly uneventful moments – the pauses between. So, your post has my attention these days! Thanks.

  5. Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Great list. I’ll love Crossing to Safety always. Looks like I need to read End of your Life Book Club.

  6. Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great recommendations. I’m thinking about getting out into the world…when winter comes and we want to hole up and regroup, to not forget that the world is waiting for us and all that we have to offer. Reading ‘Divisadero’ right now, just finished ‘Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’…and so many blogs!

  7. Posted January 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    I love your reminder that it is the little things. Especially when you’re thinking about change. Change is the culmination of a lot of small choices that over time add up and hopefully become habits.

    Also, I have to agree with you: I’m a huge lulu lemon fan. And I’m enjoying your reading recommendations!

  8. Posted January 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I love these posts! Adding as always to my reading list. My latest blogosphere find is The Modern Mrs. Darcy. New to me and fun. http://modernmrsdarcy.com.

  9. Posted January 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lindsey
    I’m thinking about turning 40 this Sunday and how I want to celebrate. It won’t be in the form of a big party, but a day spent in quiet reflection and conscious gratitude for all of my blessings.

  10. Posted January 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    wallace stegner is one of my favorites of all time. angel of repose is a beauty as well. looking forward to checking out of few of your other favorites as well.

  11. Posted January 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    “Crawl your way out with the flashlight and the friends who make you feel fantastic.”

    Great line – as you know my world has been shaken and stirred the past two years. If it were not for my friends – both real and virtual – I am quite certain I may never have crawled out, even with the flashlight.

  12. Diana
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Crossing to Safety and Angle of Repose – my two favorites! Love your blog in the wee hours breastfeeding and think of you often. Xx Diana

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