February finds

A few of my favorite finds in the month of February:

Top favorite:
Favorite video: Television titan Shonda Rhimes talks about how playing with her children saved her career.

Favorite article: A fascinating article on how single women have become a formidable political force in America and what that means for our future

Favorite recipe: While being shut in to avoid election chaos, I made a double-batch of this delicious Thai coconut butternut squash soup

Favorite song: I can't stoplistening to The Civil Wars' new album, particularly Dust to Dust

Favorite quote:

From Spirituality and Health Magazine

From Spirituality and Health Magazine

Favorite comedic relief: Thank you, Saturday Night Live, for this gem: The Day Beyonce Turned Black

Favorite new word: invidious - likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others.  From Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Favorite product: This ceramic serving platter, made in Uganda by Vision for Africa

September finds

A few of my favorite finds in the month of September:

Top favorite: Brandon Stanten has done it again.  If the Syrian refugee crisis has been on your mind (and even if it hasn't) you absolutely must spend time reading the stories Brandon has collected.  Normally featuring people on the street of New York City, Humans of New York has traveled to Europe and used the power of story to connect us with those facing some of the hardest parts of the human experience.

Source: Humans of New York

Favorite video: One of my all-time favorite books, The Prophet, is now a movie and it looks like it will be beautiful.  Can't wait to watch it.  Here's the trailer.

Favorite article: Does our society place more value on production than on care-giving?  How can we shift out of our toxic work world?

Favorite recipe: Start your day off right with a big pan of shakshuka for breakfast.

Favorite new song: Need a lovely song playing in the background as you work/read/meditate/converse?  Here's one.

Favorite quote: Sometimes I think we are losing the art of conversation.  Thomas Merton left us with a nibble of wisdom to help with that.

If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, and ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.
— Thomas Merton

Favorite comedic relief: Have a giggle at the expense of the Pope.  Something tells me Pope Francis would laugh right along with you.

Favorite new word: Transmogrify - to transform, especially in a surprising or magical manner.  Spotted in the book The River Why

Favorite product: This adorable bunny, crocheted by women in Uganda and made from Ugandan cotton.  His name is Max. I'm trying to convince Leo to love him as much as I do.