I recently re-read Crossing to Safety (which Will Schwalbe’s beautiful The End of Your Life Book Club inspired me to do) and found it even more breathtakingly gorgeous and powerful this time. Stegner’s novel joins Harry Potter in the rarefied ranks of books I’ve read three times. It’s outrageously beautiful, human, and honest. As I get older I appreciate both my own adult couple friends and Stegner’s rendering of the deep companionship, occasional conflict, and true love that can exist between couples more and more.
Between Splinters and Sparkles is one of my favorite posts by Amanda Magee, which is saying something, because I adore everything she writes. This piece, about the beauty that is right there waiting for us, as soon as we let go of our attachment to how it was supposed to be, brought tears to my eyes and gladness to my heart.
These tights from Lululemon are keeping me warm, even at 5:30 am in the dark and below freezing. They are cozy and I literally look forward to putting them on in the morning.
Great Kid Books – I love this beautiful blog that is chock full of thoughtful recommendations.
Every So Often the World is Bound to Shake – Powerful blog post by Jennifer Pastiloff about what happens when the earth splits and you fall in. A reminder that all human beings experience the terrain under their feet quaking, and a testament to the ability of the human spirit to survive and, even, to thrive.
Little Things Add Up – I’d argue that some of Dominique Browning’s resolutions aren’t little things at all (deciding to be positive, getting more sleep, a whisper of thanks and an act of kindness every day) but I love her reminder that every small thing counts. Getting off the elevator and walking an extra flight of stairs. 15 more seconds in a hug. Let’s all remember that big changes are often the accumulation of many, many small choices every day.
What books, things, blogs, and ideas have your attention these days?