And because a random links list is as good of a place as any to say this, I will say this: the doctors seem to be onto something (or perhaps it’s nothing, a red herring, as they call it) in terms of the medical problems I was having, and am somewhat still having, toward the end of 2013. I won’t get into it too deeply here, but I’m scheduled for a CT scan of my chest and abdomen on Monday to check for cancers. & if you believe in the power of sending love and light, or perhaps prayer, or indeed holding your rose quartz for a little bit more time than usual, please do. I am brave; I am strong; I am also fearful, like any human being. I am fearful because there are things like my mum cuddling with Daphne, and I love these things — I love so many of these moments in these days.
…and here are the links that tugged, twirled, or tantalized my soul this week:
- Alex hit it out of the park this week with two posts in particular. One is for the purpose of sexy, sexy text messages, which I may or may not already be using. Uh huh. & the other has been helping me through my health troubles — a growing list of “reasons to be happy & hopeful.”
- Susannah Conway shares the way in which she uses her Word of the year… with a Word of the Year Notebook. Very cool.
- Not a link: Speaking of the Word of the year, I’m currently putting together a giveaway for a gorgeous, slim silver bracelet with your word engraved upon it. I’ve got one myself, and I thought you might like one, too. Keep your eyes on this space.
- I love it when people share what they’ve learned in business, and especially when something(s) didn’t quite work out. It’s honest. It’s radically sincere. & it’s what Laura marvelously does in this post.
- With compassion & care being a main topic of this site, I’m always on the lookout for pieces that speak to older wisdom with new aplomb. Here’s Rei’s 3 Tips for Being More Compassionate.
- Short Term Feelings. A smart essay by Leslie Jamison about a movie, sure; but also a smart essay about feeling things that fictional characters feel, what that means, and the ways in which cinema affects our understanding of emotional experiences.
- …and writer Amelia Gray, whom I’ve heard is hilarious & whip-smart in person, responds to a hater in a classy, and only mildly snarky, manner.
- Kat writes about the online life and the offline life here. She also describes the insular, female online world of the late 1990s beautifully, and with painful accuracy. “Maybe: for the older generation, before ours, none of the stuff happening on the web was/is really real. For us, as teens, it was hyperreal, more immersive in many ways than the world we belonged to off the web.”
- This rock sugar is the best stuff for tea.
- Are you a content creator? Did you see this week’s post about video, audio, and accessibility? Would you mind sharing it? (click to tweet)
Enjoy your weekends, starlings.