One – That my friend Pam’s musings on the first month of her husband’s year-long deployment made me nod so vigorously is a testament to her power as a writer. In many ways our lives look utterly different. In the ways that matter, we are walking down a parallel path, and I’m hugely grateful for her companionship, her wisdom, and her candor.
10 Things No One Tells Women about Turning 40 – Holly Seymour’s piece made me laugh and it reassured me that there are joys and unforseen delights ahead as I pitch headfirst into 40 next month. I want to be able to say all of these things about myself in my 40s. Here’s hoping I can.
Shonda Rimes’ Dartmouth commencement speech – I really love everything about this. Hard work, not dreams. Don’t be an asshole. Having daughters and working motherhood and not being able to do it all. Letting your heart beat so, so fast. It made me cry. Thank you to my dear friend Sarah for pointing me to this speech.
I’ve been reading some fantastic books lately.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr has joined the very small pantheon of My Favorite Books of All Time. It is stunning, breathtaking, spectacular. Doerr’s lyrical, evocative, powerful writing reminds of my favorite fiction writer, Ondaatje. Read it. You won’t regret it.
I absolutely loved 10% Happier by Dan Harris and it is one of the very few books that both Matt and I devoured. Dan’s compulsively readable story is relatable and honest, not to mention incredibly convincing. I related to so much of what he shared and came away ever-more committed to a meditation practice that has been spotty for years.
This past weekend I read Eleanor & Parkby Rainbow Rowell, which I’d heard such wonderful things about. I loved it as much as I hoped I would. I couldn’t put down the funny/sad story about belonging and connection and adolescence. I highly recommend!
What are you reading, thinking about, and loving lately?
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