Thanksgiving in Mongolia – When I finished this essay by Ariel Levy for the first time I couldn’t breathe. It is singularly one of the most powerful pieces of writing I have ever read. Go. Read. Now.
Feelin’ Alive – I love this post, from a new-to-me blog, No Cigarettes, no Bologna. I laughed out loud when she described her 24 year old outlook on life as “I am going to control all the changes in my life by running 40 miles a week and eating only melon.” Um, yes. And then my eyes filled with tears when she wrote “It’s about holding space for both the disappointment and the gratitude.” Because, also, yes. Funny and wise. My very favorite combination.
Good! Busy! Good Busy! – Aidan is an old and dear friend of mine, and I absolutely adored this post. “It is up to us to live each day fully because we cannot go back. We must open our eyes and notice things.” Aidan is committed to noticing the gems buried in the grit of her everyday life, and I both admire and relate to this.
Indiana Jones – Whit was Indiana Jones for Halloween, a selection based on nothing other than “that looks cool” (as far as I can tell). We’ve been watching the movies in the last few weeks (he chose his costume in early October, which triggered the viewing-a-thon). And I have to say I love Indiana as a role model: an academic who goes on wild adventures, usually wearing a suit and tie. Whit told me that someone at school, upon hearing his costume, asked who Indiana Jones was. “An archaeologist,” he responded, and when he told me the story it was clear that what he implied was: an archaeologist is cool. I think so.
On repeat in my car (the only place I listen to music): Let Her Go by Passenger, Lost In My Mind by The Head and the Heart, and Christmas carols. Yes. They have started in full force.
I share these posts about what I’m reading and thinking about approximately monthly. They are all gathered here.
What are you reading, listening to, thinking about, and loving these days?
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