My favorite finds from around the web:
• Ten phrases you hear in resilient families: are you using them? Laugh it off, take a break, don’t worry about it, and more.
• The greatest wisdom from Roald Dahl books for all moments in grown-up life. “And the best part? Each life advice comes with a large helping of British quirk and humour.”
• Meeting Judy Blume. “I didn’t tell Judy Blume that to this day I use the name “Sally” when I’m at Starbucks or Jamba Juice or anyplace they require a random name. I didn’t tell Judy Blume that she’s the reason I became a writer. I figure she gets plenty of the “you changed my life” sentiments. ”
On my nightstand:
• The Boys in the Boat which I am (finally) determined to finish in time for Monday’s Quick Lit post. Jack (age 12) is simultaneously reading the forthcoming young readers adaptation (due out September 8).
• H is for Hawk. I’m still slowly making my way through this one, not because I’m not enjoying it, but because it’s a slow-reading kind of book.
• Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time. Because our trip to New York has reinvigorated my longtime love of urban planning books.
On the blog:
• My summer reading list. I shared my list, and loved hearing what’s on yours.
• You can tell a lot about a person by … “Some people collect Jane Austen quotes, or truisms, or zen koans. (Okay, I might do all of those things.) I love to hear the way people finish this sentence: you can tell a lot about a person by the way they ….”
• How are you TODAY? (Thank you so much for the kind words here. Truly.) “When someone puts the question to me—How are you?—my instinct is to get philosophical, to step back and reflect on the big picture, how whatever is rocking my world fits into the grand scheme of things. There’s a time and place for this, of course: it’s healthy to get some perspective, sometimes. But too often how are you? is an invitation to put on a brave face, to turn to platitudes.”
Have a great weekend!