What’s in store for your Saturday? It’s chilly here but if you read yesterday’s post, you know I have to get out and walk the dog. We’re celebrating a birthday around here (how are my babies getting so old?) so we’ll be kicking off the weekend with big cups of coffee and our traditional birthday donuts. I hope you have a lovely weekend in store where you are.
My favorite finds from around the web:
• Why you should surround yourself with more books than you’ll ever have time to read. “Your overstuffed library isn’t a sign of failure or ignorance, it’s a badge of honor.”
• The best thing I ever did (by accident!) for my cast iron skillet. “In retrospect, the error of my ways was twofold: inconsistent use of the pan and not using enough oil to develop the seasoning.”
• Literary murals creating a positive stir at Mundelein High. “This project is a great way to motivate students to read more and to begin conversations about their reading, even in the hallways.”
• Midnight plane to Houston. Fascinating story about the origins of the hit “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Read it!
• How to open an independent bookstore. “Is it as easy as simply loving books? (Spoiler alert: No.)”
This is about a two-book snow. (Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.)
On the blog:
One year ago: 25 classics that are not remotely boring. “The classics compiled here are, by turns, strange, surprising, and completely unexpected, but ‘boring’ doesn’t apply.”
Two years ago: Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is… “When you’re done goofing off, with your walks and your books and your friends and your lazing, you may find that the idea is there, that the next step is clear, that the problem you were puzzling over about your work or your kids or your wardrobe solved itself when you weren’t looking.”
Three years ago: Trusting the process. “Now when I set goals, I focus on the process (which I can control), not the outcome (which I can’t).”
Four years ago: Four minutes in the nude. “It’s just lotion. It’s silly, really. But it’s saving my life right now.”
Five years ago: Creative habits and daily rituals vs. day jobs and family life. “I was pleasantly surprised to read how many great artists struggled with the same demands–and how sometimes, the structures necessitated by earning money and caring for family didn’t diminish their work, but made it better.”
On the podcast:
One year ago: Episode 117: Literary fiction over US Weekly.
Two years ago: Episode 63: Books so good you’ll forget you have a phone.
Have a great weekend!