It’s the beginning of March and I’ve already read nine books, which means if I keep up the cadence I’ll blow past my 2019 reading goal in no time. Here are a few of the titles that I’ve been enjoying this winter.
The other night I decided to abandon a book I recently started reading, but it wasn’t as simple as placing it back on the shelf and walking away. I agonized over it for a couple of days, wondering why I hesitated so much over a seemingly simple decision. Here’s what went through my mind, plus one simple question to ask to help you decide whether or not to place a book back on the shelf.
When my parents came to visit for a week, I managed to get very little writing done aside from my freelance work and scheduling a newsletter. Before they arrived, I realized I’d be entering a brief season of liminal space—that time between what was and what’s to come.
You know those people you keep in touch with, but you can’t remember how you stumbled across each other? That’s me and Andi Cumbo-Floyd. We’re online friends who met somewhere on the Internet a while back, and I’m so glad our paths crossed.
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.