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.