My favorite finds from around the web:
• How to graciously say no to anyone. “I must decline, for secret reasons.”
• Why you should still read Go Set a Watchman. I’m so glad I read this before I read Watchman this week. (Pssst—I preordered a copy last week, forgetting that I’d already preordered long ago, and was surprised when two copies showed up on my doorstep on Tuesday. I’ll give one away on the blog on Monday.)
• The words that cost me my most important friendship. “I knew as soon as I heard the connection click off that I’d been insensitive. What I didn’t know was it would be the last time we would communicate for seven years.”
What I’m reading this week:
• Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee. I’m glad I read this. More thoughts coming Monday.
• The Long Way Home by Louise Penny. Now I’m all caught up with the Inspector Gamache series and impatiently waiting for the next in the series to come out late August.
On the blog:
• Two big-picture concepts that help me plan my days/weeks/months. “The planning stuff does not come naturally to me, but I’ve finally realized that my life goes much, much better when I embrace rhythms and routines.”
• What self care looks like for me right now. “Self care right now looks like going for a walk with no headphones, for a drive with no radio, for sitting in the backyard with no book. It looks like listening to the silence, and listening to myself. It looks like giving myself the opportunity to get bored and feel lonely, if only for a few moments.”
• We have lost our minds, and his name is Bingley. All about our new puppy. I know this went in a direction a lot of you didn’t expect. (Good news: he started obedience training on Wednesday, and the trainer’s verdict was that while he might be kind of a knucklehead, he’s far from hopeless.)
• What I’m reading lately: summer reading progress. I’m trying hard to actually stick to my summer reading list this year: my thoughts on the ones I’ve read so far.
Have a great weekend!