Hello and happy Saturday, dear ones — I’m writing this in the pitch black of 6AM, fully aware of the fact that the Winter Solstice is upon San Francisco. After today, we’ll be turning toward the light again. The light! Though I long for it, I’ve made peace with winter over the last few years.
This week’s list is myriad, but no less lovely for it. Enjoy, and may your weekend be suffused with warmth in the darkness — whether figurative, literal, or both.
- Grace’s piece, A Love Letter to Your Healing Self, has been bringing me comfort during my chronic illness challenges. This line, in particular: “We need to acknowledge and celebrate all the healing things we are doing right now.”
- Buzzfeed publishes more than infinite lists of animals looking happy. My pal and former writing group comrade Alice Sola Kim wrote this heartbreakingly funny piece on the occasion of Philip K. Dick’s birthday. Whether or not you enjoy science fiction has nothing to do with it; the opening line reads, “The great thing about the library was that nothing too fucked up could happen there.” If you don’t trust me, Neil Gaiman tweeted about the piece. NEIL GAIMAN.
- This interview with Alice Munro, post-Nobel, has been making the rounds (what’s up with all the amazing writers named Alice?), but I need to post it here because it’s tremendous. I watched it in a sunlit bedroom, shivering, and yet listening to her talk about writing sent me scrambling to work.
- When Grief Becomes the Teacher. I’ve never visited Roxanne’s site before, which was obviously a mistake. “I try to recall the last non-aching memory, the last time I was standing on two feet and nothing hurt, the last time my world felt at balance and at peace. I know it was not too long ago, and yet I cannot picture it. Pain makes it hard to remember there ever was a period without it.”
- My “losing my virginity” story is an assault story, and so this piece from The Toast, On Not Having a Story About Losing Your Virginity, was just another piece from The Toast that’s blown me away recently. Dear The Toast: You are killing it. Thank you, Jessica Skolnik.
- The brilliant Tara Gentile is sharing a free revenue planning resource on her Facebook page. No strings attached.
- I did a marathon, nitty-gritty interview with Abby Kerr for the Voice Bureau. Definitely one of my favorites, out of the interviews I’ve done. For some reason, Safari won’t show the picture of me, but other browsers will.
- I’m a WEGO Health Activist Nominee this year — hurrah! — and they’re automatically placing those with the most endorsements in the Finals round. If you enjoy the activism that I do on this site and elsewhere, please take a moment to come to my page and click “Endorse.” Many, many thanks.
- Because my pieces here are leaning toward the essayistic now, I’ve been “micro-blogging” on my Facebook page, where I share photographs, discuss my feelings about things such as promotion culture and Twitter, and send out mini-messages of gratitude into the ether. To follow, just click the Like button.
One more nice thing: the design files are now off to the web developer. We’re hoping for an early 2014 launch, and I’m already feeling myself wriggle around in this current space, which is feeling too small for the coming expansion.