Back to reality
Back to it, then. I hope you’ve had a gentle first week. I somehow lucked out and scored a week with very few meetings. Next week, the Zoom gods will correct their error, but I’m grateful to have had a quiet first week back.
This past week, posts focused on helping us back into reality, but also making sure that we were on the lookout for wonder in the next year. I’d love to hear about how you plan to add more wonder to your life this year. This strange time has just gotten even stranger, so let’s be gentle with ourselves, but still seek wonder and joy where we can find it.
What are you reading these days? I’m still reading N.K. Jemisin’s Obelisk Gate. It’s hard to put down when I have to, and I’m on a particularly exciting part. I think there’s a very late night in my very near future. After that, I’ve ordered a book on art history and also All the Single Ladies, by Rebecca Traister. I’m going to write more about being single as part of this blog, in part because I think we need more positive views out there.
Have you been watching Station Eleven (HBO Max)? I read Emily St. John Mandell’s incredible novel about a devastating global pandemic at the beginning of this whole mess and found it oddly comforting. Two years on, watching this very well done limited series has made me very sad. If you’ve read the book (and you really should), you’ll note some significant plot changes, but, three quarters of the way through, I think that the spirit of Mandell’s work remains. I’d love to hear what you think if you’re watching.
This coming week, we’re going have some fun with travel ideation—let’s daydream a bit and make that wanderlust list of yours even longer. On Sunday, we’ll have an easy recipe for a weeknight dish that lends itself to a lot of variations, and on Monday, we’ll have a Sundry Wonders post that will likely feature photos of our first real snowfall in Boston. Wednesday’s post I’m not quite decided on yet, but I have a couple of ideas.
Please let me know if there are any posts topics you’d like to see!
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I hope you had a peaceful first week of the year, friends.
Catch up with last week’s posts below.