My favorite finds from around the web:
• Reading a book really is better the second time around. “The first time people read – or watch – through, they are focused on events and stories. The second time through, the repeated experience reignites the emotions caused by the book or film, and allows people to savour those emotions at leisure.”
• A list of positive podcasts from Darling magazine. “[Podcasts] make informative, positive, and interesting content readily accessible.”
• 5 questions to ask when you feel like quitting your blog (or anything else in life). I was reminded of this great post when I listened to this podcast with Crystal Paine (thanks to the comments on this week’s post about my favorite podcast episodes. Thank you!)
• I’m Alton Brown, and this is how I work. Best time-saving shortcut or life hack? “Email gets answered twice a day. I’ve got back to this thing called the “telephone” for most of my communication. Quite effective.”
• A celebrity-divorce expert tells all. “The hair and makeup people, they always seem to be the first to know.” Of course this is about Ben and Jen, but it also offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the celebrity calculation machine. It’s more calculated than you think.
What I’m reading this week:
• Wild in the Hollow by Amber Haines. If you’re a fan of Amber’s writing, you’ll love her in longform.
• Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. I gave up on this 75% of the way through. I wanted to like this but the narrative voice was killing me. I felt the same way about her first novel The Paris Wife, which many of you loved. If you enjoy first person historical fiction, give this one a try. But if that genre makes you crazy, skip it.
On the blog:
• A few of our weird and accessible family traditions. (I want to steal every single idea you left in the comments section.)
Have a great weekend!