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I work from my sun porch these days but I loved these tips on how to save money and time on your commute.
Yes x 1,000. Conscious optimism vs. lazy, pseudo-spiritual optimism. Please make a choice.
So that vision of the world we want to live in…it requires wide awake optimism to create it. Those lives “of service” so many of us are trying to live… Service is being informed. Service is being enraged. Service is keeping your heart open even when you’re enraged. Service is being ruthlessly honest about the facts — and then choosing to be optimistic. Service is fuelling your optimism with action. (And yes, meditation counts as action.)
Quick! Before summer is over! Fill 100 water balloons per minute?!
Here’s your Sunday weep: a story of a couple’s last vacation together as the wife dies of cancer.
“First I need you to promise me something. Not for now, for after.”
I take a deep breath and find it hard to form words; all I come up with is a nod.
“I want you to do the things you always talked about doing but never did,” she says. “The house on a lake you wanted. Buying the vineyard that will use up all your money. Another dog, to keep Gus company. Just don’t let too much time pass before you do. Each day is like a year, as I found out the hard way. And I want you to be happy, as I always have been. That’s my wish for you.”
“I don’t want to do any of that without you,” I say. “It won’t mean the same.”
“It will have to be without me,” Susan says. “That decision has been made.”
Do you also love creepy, creepy Shirley Jackson? What if she wrote “What To Expect When You’re Expecting”?
Chapter 3: Mother, Mother, I’m Coming, I’m Coming, Mother, Just A Minute Mother, Mother, Stop Banging On The Walls, Mother I’m Coming, Mother Mother ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ
On The Moon We Speak A Soft, Liquid Tongue
Look Down On The Dead Dried World • A Huge Cloud Of Looming Nothingness • There’s No One Here Named Charles
I moved into a new place a few months ago and I’m struggling to make my old pieces fit in the new place. I liked Kelsey’s series on decorating a new space with intention (instead of just buying cute, mismatched things at Goodwill, like I usually do.)
Tech housekeeping = yes.
Are you healthy or cheap or vegan or lazy? If so, have I got the summer dessert for you!
And a few Yes & Yes posts you might have missed: How to take a sabbatical without ruining your career and 7 style tricks to fool people into thinking you’ve made an effort with your appearance.