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Seven links to worthwhile thin(g/k)s
Hello dear reader,
Here are seven links to bits of the world I have been exploring this week, shared with the hope that you will find them to be an inspiring springboard for deeper thinking.
Loved this idea of going to 52 museums in a given year, and am looking into picking a similar activity to keep track of. Any suggestions!?
I found great benefit this week from pairing my reading of George Orwell’s 1984* with a talk Christopher Hitchens presented in 2005 on Why Orwell Matters. As I pointed out in my Instagram post a few days ago, it’s worth noting that a book with such specificity — after all, we have an exact year specified in the title itself — remains independent of time and place. As in, it remains applicable to our lives then and now and I’d wager even later. Especially later, as we have yet to really grapple with why people look to obey. Will to power is one thing. But the will to obey? That can altogether become a much scarier reality.
*On this Orwell note, a friend from law school recommended Rebecca Solnit’s Orwell’s Roses, which I am excited to add to my to-be-read list!
I asked guests who have RSVP’ed ‘yes’ to our wedding to list a song that would get them on the dance floor. It’s been such a treat sifting through the suggestions, each equally heartfelt, so I thought I’d relay a song from a dear friend. I’ve been listening to it all week, and love the utter joy in the scene from 27 Dresses.
A quote from poet Jane Kenyon that has been ruminating in my mind all week:
“Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.”
As people gear up for summer travel, here’s an SNL bit worth packing into your itinerary :)
Really enjoyed browsing through Isaac Fitzgerald’s Walk It Off series of newsletters, and this one with the prompt Tell Me a Fun Story From Your Teenage Years. I tremendously enjoy walking, and even more so when it is in the company of loved ones — a stroll with my husband, neighborhood walks with parents and brother, post-cafe wanders with a friend. What would you chat about if you were to go a walk with someone today?
Until next week!
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