Recently, I posted a few pieces of poetry to Scribophile for critique and feedback. One of my pieces was particularly well received. A critique called it effortless and said that it “came much more naturally from your heart.” Wow, what a compliment!
I just wish it were true.
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Sometimes it seems like there are so many issues in the world, and there’s not enough time or enough me to devote myself to all of them. But one issue that sticks like a craw in my throat, that makes me particularly worked up is that of the environment and the climate crisis.
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This week, just a collection of things I’ve enjoyed or made me think or that I just want to share. I’d like to make this a repeat thing, especially for those weeks when I’m not able to write a full blog post. But also, who doesn’t appreciate a good recommendation?
In this edition: 3 poems, 2 nonfiction essay, 1 song and 1 word.
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This review is spoiler-free.
I finished Gone Girl over the course of a weekend–one of my quicker reads. This is because I could barely put it down. While brushing my teeth: Reading. While eating a meal: Reading. In tiny chunks at my desk at work: Reading.
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I’ve finally gotten to a place with cooking where it’s become fun.
This is kind of amazing, considering that a little over ten years ago I told my husband, “I could take or leave eating.” A sentiment that I didn’t mean in a disordered way; it was just that food was food and I put it in my body to get on with my day.
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As the year draws to a close, it’s worth reviewing the books that left the greatest impression on me. I read 40 books this year, blowing away my goal of 25. I made an effort to include new books, rather than rereads and it really paid off. While there was a lot of blah or just mediocre, it was worth it for finding these 5 jewels, which I’m happy to share with you today.
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Woah, did you see that?
There–in the corner of the screen! Is that–could it be…?
A code gremlin!
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When I was young, I wanted to go to Harvard. I don’t know why or how the idea got in my head, but it did. I knew Harvard was a prestigious place where all the smartest people went.
Well, that sounds good to me, I thought.
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My husband and I spent eleven weeks training, only to wake up at 3:10 a.m. one July morning for our first triathlon. A million questions ran through my bleary, nervous mind. But most pressing were these: Did we do enough? Would we cross the finish line?
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Since posing the submit x 100 challenge to myself, I’ve had to scour literary magazines to not just get familiar with them, but also consider whether to send my work. One of the unexpected benefits is that I’m finding great poetry!
There’s no reason to keep this good stuff to myself. So today I’m sharing four poems I found and enjoyed. Check them out.
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