Things I Love Lately

The Mother of All Loves – This beautiful piece by my friend Allison Slater Tate brought me to tears.  That’s not a surprise; I love Allison’s writing.  This is probably my favorite piece by her, ever.  Each word resonates.  I am grateful every day that Allison and I are walking along this parenting road approximately side by side (her first child is just months older than mine).  She describes the heavy-hearted hope and head-spinning wonder of parenting better than anyone I know.

48 of the Most Beautiful Lines in Poetry – I’m grateful Meghan shared this link with me.  Poetry is my spirit’s language, I’m sure of it, and this list has some of my very favorite passages on it.  It also has some that I didn’t know before.  Do yourself a favor and click through.  Glory awaits.

99 Rules to Live By – I love this piece on Medium (focused on men, but so applicable to women too).  So many are just plain true.  Some favorites are 16, 26, 38, 56, 61, 81, 95 (I loathe this saying).

I’ve started off the new year with some excellent reads. It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario was compulsively readable and reminded me so much of my dear friend GloriaHome by Marilynne Robinson was as gorgeous as I knew it would be (and why I hadn’t read this before, when Gilead is possibly my favorite novel of all, is a great question).  And while I’m still finding words to describe how I feel about When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, I was enormously moved.  It’s safe to say that it is on the short list of books I’ve found most powerful in my entire life.

What are you reading, thinking about, and loving these days?

I share these posts of what I’m reading/thinking about/loving lately approximately monthly.  You can find all the others here.

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  1. Posted January 18, 2016 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    I look forward to the memoir of the doctor’s life…kind of dreading it too. Going to be terribly sad.

  2. Posted January 18, 2016 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Lindsey, now you made me cry! I am so grateful to know you and to parent alongside you. You make me better. xoxo

  3. Posted January 18, 2016 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    “Remember: You die twice, once when you stop breathing, and again when somebody mentions your name for the last time.” – It’s funny that I saw a writing prompt yesterday with this as a premise. It was probably gleamed from that article.

    I’m currently reading the Welcome to Night Vale novel, which is as bizarre and darkly funny as the podcast it is based upon.

  4. Posted January 18, 2016 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    L, I always love your round-ups and always find something new to read. Thank you for being such an eclectic curator — poetry excerpts were fun to read. Just finishing Fates and Furies; When Breath Becomes Air is next.

  5. Posted January 18, 2016 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Lindsey, a beautiful round-up. I also inhaled and loved Allison’s article about motherhood. She captures so stirringly the push-pull of raising children. So thank you for helping me put two and two together about the book When Breath Becomes Air. I’ve heard the title mentioned quite a lot lately but knew nothing about it and just now realized the incredibly moving article in the New York Times, My Marriage Didn’t End When I Became a Widow, was written by his wife. I will definitely be reading his book. Right now I’m in lighter territory, enjoying Girl Waits With Gun, and next up, closer to home and heart, H for Hawk.

  6. Posted January 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I bought When Breath Becomes Air yesterday and I anticipate feeling moved by his work. His two essays in the Times had a profound impact. Thanks for sharing these loves, Lindsey.

  7. Posted January 18, 2016 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I am reading When Breath Becomes Air right now and I have to keep putting it down. Really powerful stuff.

  8. Posted January 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I love this list – and I admire the poetry souls out there. I fear I am too impatient to truly be a poetry reader (it was something I struggled with throughout my entire 4 years as an English major). Red Wheelbarrow was about my speed. Although, that said, I did devour Beat poetry for a few years.

    Anyhow, I digress! I am so glad you shared this list and Home is on my list to read. Schwalbe paid homage to her as a writer in The End of Your Life Book Club and it made me rekindle my love for good literature.

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