My favorite finds from around the web:
• The pressure to look good. “It used to be that, generally speaking, we all knew the occasions that required us to look good. Now? Every day is Class Picture Day. Every phone is a camera. Every picture, or video, ends up on the Internet.”
• Are you reading the wrong books? What science is saying about fiction readers. “Reading in general helps with empathy, but literary reading amplifies this effect. By reading a challenging book, you’re not only becoming a smarter person, you’re also become more empathetic.”
• 8 essential lessons in creative discipline. “Stephen King writes 2,000 words a day, every day, including his birthday. Here’s how to train yourself to be that disciplined.”
• The art of neighboring. “This remarkable community of neighbors is partly a stroke of luck (or providence, depending on your worldview). But it isn’t all mere serendipity. There are a few key practices that have nurtured our neighborliness.”
What’s on my nightstand:
• So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. I need to finish this fast, because this is the scariest thing I’ve read in a good long while. No joke.
• Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck. I am loving this. (Even if it does make me want to move to Manhattan, or San Francisco, or Portland, immediately.)
On the blog:
• 3 books every woman should read. I use the word “should” very, very sparingly when I talk about reading, but these books deserve it.
• What avid readers do differently and why 80% of books are bought by women. (It’s not what you think.) “You’ve probably read the apocalyptic stats: 24% of Americans will not read a book this year. 42% of college grads never read another book after college. It’s not as dire as all that ….”
• Put yourself on the clock. Less “wasted” time, better decisions, and more accurate planning: the unexpected benefits of tracking my work time.
• The beginner’s great big guide to audiobooks. Sharing this from the archives because Audible has a terrific sale going on right now (dozens of favorites for $4.95 each), and I explain how to take advantage of those in that post.
NOTE: ePantry hasn’t closed the deal out yet: you can still get $10 off your first order plus a FREE Grove soy candle (worth $12.95). They also just added Dr. Bronner’s to their inventory.
You can refill any foaming hand soap container with a few squirts of Dr Bronner’s and water and have hand soap for pennies for years. If that appeals to you I’d recommend ordering a big bottle of Dr Bronner’s and one or two Method foaming hand soaps (their reusable bottles are the best) while this deal is still on. Get it here.