Ariel and I have been running She Reads for five years this summer. We’ve lost track of how many books we’ve read and recommended. And while books are very important to us (both the reading and the writing) our lives are made of so much more. So we thought it would be fun to take a short departure from the written word and show you a few other things that have captured our imaginations these days.
Summer Plans: I’m slowly pulling together a Pinterest board of fun things I’d like to do with my kids this summer.
This post by Billy Coffey about writing naked. Yes. This is what I aspire to, but manage to fall short of. New note to tape to my computer: BE MORE NAKED.
This moving Ted Talk by Markus Zusak, author of THE BOOK THIEF, waxing eloquent on the value of failure. I teared up at the end and will never see my desk the same way.
Sparkling Ice, Crisp Apple flavor, like apple juice but with no calories.
“Summer Toes,” painted in my favorite color, Cherries in the Snow, a great red that’s not too garish.
And speaking of reds, Oyster Bay Pinot Noir, is a light, perfect red for summer
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a summer project to go ahead and get started with. It’s doing wonders for me.
Toad The Wet Sprocket’s new album: New Constellation is just brilliant. I listen to “The Moment” and “Golden Age” over and over, and over.
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<— Ariel: I have the flu right now and have spent the last five days firmly lodged in a pillow fort in the middle of my bed. For the most part the only things I’m into right now are NyQuil and Kleenex. That said, I have recently fallen in love with these songs:
John Legend’s beautiful song “All Of Me.” It’s proof that the love song will never die. Really, it’s one of the loveliest things I’ve listened to in a really long time. I heard it once on Pandora and promptly bought it on iTunes.
This song by The Kongos. Sometimes I love a song and I don’t really know why. But the first time I heard “Come With Me Now” I knew I would buy it. In this particular case it might have had something to do with the fact that The Kongos titled a song after the phrase I most often shout to my children. I’m new to this band but I was sold when I found out it was made up of four brothers. Made me think there was hope for my little Wild Rumpus. Maybe one day they can channel their gift for noise-making into something this cool:
What are YOU into these days? We’d love to know.