Have Kids, Will Travel – this post by Annie Flavin is full of beautiful photographs and deep truths. She has younger children than I do, but has the same approach to life: choosing the top right quadrant, where both adventure and exhaustion live. Yes, yes, and yes. What did we do before them? I ask myself that all the time.
This is 35 – As you know I love “this is X” posts, and some of my favorite writing has been structured that way. This post by Dina Relles on Commonplace brought tears to my eyes. “Thirty-five is facing the frailty of family and friends, coming to terms with the truism that every day on this earth is a gift. Thirty-five is not the end of the story.”
Tinker Crate – I have mentioned this subscription service before, but Whit continues to passionately adore his monthly boxes that contain a science-related project and I wanted to reiterate how much we love it. Just this morning I found him in his room working on a project. There are other services for younger kids or those interested in other things. Highly recommended. A great gift idea!
I’ve been reading a lot of very light novels lately, and nothing I feel merits a mention specifically here, to be honest. For some reason, that’s what my heart seeks right now: lightness. After publicly acknowledging that this had been a difficult first half of the year, I’m easing into the second half with optimism and as much ease as my not-very-easy personality can muster.
It’s worth noting that some of my favorite writers have books coming out this fall, which I am eagerly anticipating. I’m specifically thinking of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert and Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed. I would give my arm for ARCs of either and am counting minutes until they are released.
I’m writing postcards and letters to camp (the children go tomorrow, and I ache already, if I’m being frank, which I always am).
What are you reading, listening to, thinking about, and anticipating these days?
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