Each week, I read a wide variety of blog posts and articles across the internet. I wander here and wander there and before I know it I’ve spent an eternity avoiding all the work that I should have been doing by reading other people’s writing. I share my favorites here with you each week in the Weekly Wanderings link round-up. Enjoy!
- House on the Market – Quinn Creative. This is an interesting take. I suppose I hadn’t ever really thought about it as a continual study and what is lacking. When we bought our house, we knew there were some things, but really all we saw were all of these incredible positives that we just couldn’t ignore. Now that we’ve been here almost five months, there are a few things that are lacking and need “improvement” but I prefer to think about all the things that are right – the space, the coziness, flow. And when it comes to me…I don’t know how rough I am on myself. I think most of the time I lead a rather unexamined life, just going along and not paying much attention. Perhaps I need to think a little more about highlight all of the positives.
- The Thing About Rainbows – David duChemin. I’m always a fan of anything that duChemin puts out there, and this is no exception. There are lots of things that I photograph that I know others don’t particularly care for. There are lots of things that other people photograph that I don’t really care for either. But. There’s this:
Everything we photograph has several aspects to it. We make choices about which aspects we show and which ones we do not. We choose one moment or another when making a portrait, and what we do not show strengthens what we do show. We choose one point of view, or perspective, over another, and again, something is shown while something is hidden. The same is true with our choice of lens, exposure, focus, depth of field, and crop. The more intentional we are about those choices the more able we will be to control both the impact and the information in our images.
- Fallow Fields – Donalyn Miller. In my “day job,” I am a teacher. I’ve always been an English teacher, but right now I’m teaching in a self-contained special education classroom…responsible for all the subjects, with kids who are for the most part very, very far “behind.” Education has been angering me lately – perhaps not education but the things people say about education, the prescriptions non-educators want to make, the changes that people outside of education believe need to happen. And a piece like this comes along and reminds me that there is a lot that our schools don’t give us time for. I’m lucky in my classroom – the things I do and the things I want to do are pretty free. But I know in a regular education classroom, with 30 kids, I couldn’t give my students the time they need to.
- 9 Ways to Get 10,000 Steps a Day – Nichole Nichols for Spark People. Sweet Husband and I are doing some serious talking about getting into shape, and I know that getting up and getting moving is going to be keep to us being successful there. I like the idea of breaking the daily goal into smaller goals. I also like getting out there with our doggies. Andif we’re doing it together? Double win.
- Can You Really Detox Your Life in Just One Week? – Siobhan Harmer for LifeHack. I am feeling the need to create space and harmony in my life. Perhaps a one week detox is just the thing.
- 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Relax Before Bed – Maxabella Loves. We don’t have kids, but sleep is often elusive for me. There are a few things here that I think can help me; perhaps they can help you too.
- 15 Holiday Cocktails for the Choosy Boozer – Stephanie Kaloi for A Practical Wedding. I’m a fan of the holiday cocktail. I think that either of the sangrias might make the Thanksgiving list, and I could see a few of those others making an appearance for a girls night.
- 7 Ways to Protect Your Energy As You Chase Your Dream – Firework People. I’m already doing quite a few of these, but I think I could really use a bit more movement in my life.
- The Water Takes You Just As You Are – Rachel W. Cole. Beautiful. Back in the days when I ran, I always told myself – just go. Just one foot in front of the other and whether it is walking or running or shuffling along, it doesn’t matter. My mantra was, “One foot in front of the other.” It worked.
- The Magic of Listening – and How to Develop It – Jamie Ridler Studios. At one point in time I was a really good listener. Technology has eroded my skills. I could stand to focus a bit more on my listing abilities.
- My Most Personal Blog Post. Eh-Ver – Karen Hutton. I feel a bit like this is the space I’m currently occupying. I feel like I have a million ideas, and things are waiting to take off. I’m in a thinking and planning stage, and I think that I might start making moves in the new year. It’s time.
I hope you’re ready for a great week! I’m always looking for new things to read so if you’ve stumbled across something good, let me know!