Happy Weekend + Links I Love

Toronto Christmas Market at sunset

Happy Sunday! The calendar says it’s December, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. (I am wearing ballet flats outside today.)

It’s safe to say that I am fully in the Christmas spirit. Last Sunday, I spent the afternoon at the Toronto Christmas Market with the ladies. It was a bit chilly out, but we warmed up next to the fire pits with hot apple cider and spiked hot chocolate in hand. It was lovely. This weekend, I’m relaxing and watching holiday movies like this one.

Got any fun plans? Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you’re in the mood for a bit of internet browsing, here’s a roundup of things I loved this week…

+ Jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery in British Columbia.

+ Heartbreaking, but important read: This NY Times article, An Inmate dies, and No One Is Punished. Inmates at the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York on the treatment they receive while behind bars: “Inmates describe being ambushed by guards and beaten, taunted with racial slurs, and kept out of sight, in solitary confinement, until the injuries inflicted on them have healed enough to avoid arousing suspicion.” Warning: Graphic scenes of violence.

+ Harper Lee: my Christmas in New York. The Guardian shared the author’s story, “Christmas to Me” which was first published in the December 1961 issue of McCall’s magazine.

+ On Thursday, 150 refugees landed in Toronto. The Toronto Star ran these photos of Syrian refugees on their first day in Canada.

+ Wendy’s heartfelt holiday message to all the foster youths out there.

+ Watch this TED Talk: Forget shopping. Soon you’ll download your new clothes.

+ 65,000 Teddy Bears for Newtown, and One Man to Sort the World’s Grief. “One week after the massacre, Chris Kelsey got a strange call from a Connecticut state trooper. In the wake of the shooting he had volunteered to oversee the charitable donations and care packages that arrived. It quickly became his full time job.”

+ Serial podcast is back for a second season.

+ My Instagram feed has been exploding with the most stunning sunset pics. Favourites: @nataliebergen and @joannagoddard.

+ Leap into the holidays with the Extension Room’s 12 days of holiday shopping.

+ It’s my one-week anniversary on Instagram (and I am a wee bit addicted!) Follow me @donzwebb

Fall reading update:

This week, I finished Benediction by Kent Haruf. Set in the small Colorado town of Holt, this is a beautifully-told, moving story about death, life, families, and friendship. Highly recommend this as a great read to cozy up with.

I decided to give audio books a shot with the hopes of sharpening my listening skills. I started Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, narrated by Cassandra Campbell. We’ll see how it goes.

(Photo snapped at sunset at the Toronto Christmas Market last weekend.)


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