In the weeks leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the New York Times ran a series of profiles on under-appreciated sports like speed skating and cross-country skiing. I’m no elite athlete, but I appreciated learning the nuances that go into both training and competing, and discovered that creative lessons abounded.
Last fall I walked into a little shop in downtown St. Helena that sold all sorts of kitchen trinkets and housewares. On a side table there was a stack of literary-minded things like mugs with quotes, notepads, and a coaster with this wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
With more than half a million podcasts available, how do you choose? Curated lists help, which is why I’ve gathered my picks of tried-and-true shows that always inspire, plus some new additions to my list.
Open our Instagram feed, and you might be surprised at what you discover. Wild Words has an account, but there are only nine photos, which is all you’ll see for the foreseeable future. Right now, I’m consciously choosing not to build a community on Instagram. This might be an unpopular choice, but I’m not interested in anyone else’s opinion. I’m interested in my sanity.
Do you have a quote journal? I used to keep one in high school, filled with funny things friends said, or snippets of conversations I overheard, quotes from books or poems. Unearthing the notebook recently made me think of starting one up again, because sometimes there’s nothing quite like copying favorite lines with your own pen, in your own handwriting.
The slow writing path is welcome to all, yet we still need to push away branches and kick rocks away. A chorus is rising, though. More of us join in each day, trading songs of hustle and urgency for melodies of rest and contemplation. I very much like the sound of it.
Names, phrases, titles—they’re funny things. I used to keep a notebook of trimmings, beautiful words and lines of poetry gathered from books, found in magazines, or conjured up in my mind. Some of them have found homes over the years, some not. Wild words was one of those phrases that grabbed a hold of me almost three years ago, and in that moment I felt like it was mine.