Happy Weekend + Links I Love


Harbour Square Park

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend. It’s been a beautiful and sunny one here in Toronto. Last night, I finally watched I Smile Back and I was blown away by Sarah Silverman’s brilliant performance. Have you seen it?

If you’re lounging around the house, here’s a bunch of my favourite links this week for you to click through…

+ Worth watching: In Conversation with Sarah Silverman at TIFF15.

+ Loved Joanna’s post, On becoming a Cancer Vixen.

Child, Bride, Mother: Nepal. The latest in the New York Times series on child marriage broke my heart. Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair founded the nonprofit organization, Too Young to Wed.

+ Bri’s photos from her Colombia trip.

+ Listen: How talking openly against stigma helped a mother and son cope with bipolar disorder.

+ Another incredible career profile from The Everygirl: Owning confidence with Ashley Parrish of TODAY Digital. Her advice for women who struggle with feeling confident in the workplace: “It’s natural to feel insecure about the things you don’t know. The only way to combat this is to never stop learning and to plan for the things that scare you the most.”

+ Sticky ginger cakes! Thank you, Ella.

+ How should editors deal with online abuse? Bassey Etim, community editor for the New York Times says, “The vast majority of New York Times comments are moderated by a human. Nineteen people work for our community desk as editors, moderators and web developers. An added benefit of our approach is that many of our reporters now click on the comments to understand what aspects of our journalism thrill, concern or confuse our readers. Our comments section launched in 2007 with a “Highlights” tab, which was later renamed “NYT Picks”. It’s a critical piece of our community efforts on a few fronts. First, it creates a more digestible version of a comments section for readers who are not comment-obsessed. It promotes a diversity that helps prevent an ideological sameness from sterilising the space. And most importantly, it signals the quality of content we are looking for to readers and commenters.”

+ Beauty secrets of a prima ballerina.

+ Favourites from my Instagram feed: You jump in the shower for three minutes via @joannagoddard, Mirrored tunnel in Japan via @songofstyle, Heading out on the lake to Isola del Garda via @juliahengel, LA flag via @george_byrne, Massive cruise ships are anchored at Port Everglades in Broward County, Florida via @dailyoverview

Spring reading update:

Earlier this week, I finished The End of Your Life Book Club. I am so happy to finally be able to cross this inspiring memoir off my list. Bonus: Schwalbe included a list of all the books discussed or mentioned in his memoir at the back of the book.

On Friday night, I turned the final page of Charles Bock’s latest, Alice & Oliver. Set in New York in the early nineties, it’s a heartbreaking yet hopeful, very realistic portrait of a young family’s journey through cancer. Bock does an incredible job of illustrating the toll cancer takes on the mind, body, and spirit of the young wife and mother as well as the strain it puts on the couple’s marriage. Highly, highly recommend!

Up next on the list: The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew, my pick for the ‘a book recommended by your local bookseller’ category of the 2016 MMD Reading Challenge.

(Photo snapped at Harbour Square Park.)

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