Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy weekend, friends! Got any fun plans? Seriously, where is February going? I really wish the year would slow down just a little bit.

Have you filed your taxes yet? I plan on filing mine online this Sunday. I can’t wait to get it out of the way. Also, will you be watching the Oscars? I don’t think I’ve watched any of the movies in the running, but I’ll be tuning in nonetheless. We used to do an Oscars pool at my old workplace and it was so much fun!

Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a good one! If you’re looking for some reading, I’ve got you covered with my favourite links…

+ Watch how movie sound effects are made. Just in time for this Sunday’s Oscars!

+ Sip on these gorgeous lemon raspberry sorbet prosecco floats while watching the big show.

+ The best of New York Fashion Week street style illustrated. Love love love.

+ I discovered Griffin on Instagram this week and I appreciated her super honest post, Loving the Body I Hate. I wrote these words on a Post-It and stuck it on my bathroom mirror: “But, if you struggle with loving your body, like me, remember that love is first an action. One of the best things you can do is act in a way that’s loving to your body, even if your mind is telling you otherwise.”

+ Instagram’s newest feature is without a doubt the best one yet. You can now share up to 10 photos and videos in one post.

+ When everything is not enough. I read this post at the perfect time.

+ This made me laugh. “I want to grow up and be like my mom because I really like her.”

+ This short film is not to be missed: 109-year-old veteran and his secrets to life.

+ I could devour a couple of these beautiful scallion and sesame tuna burgers right about now.

+ Love this monochromatic look.

(Photo from last spring.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Sunday, everyone. It’s been snowing nonstop since this morning and a foot has fallen already. I plan on making the most of it. How are you spending the rest of the weekend?

If you’re in the mood for some reading, here’s a roundup of my favourite links from around the web this week…

+ The Grammys are on tonight. Will you be watching? Here’s a rundown of what to watch for.

+ This indoor skydiving freestyle routine took my breath away.

+ This photo shoot on Iceland Black Sand Beach is nothing short of magical.

+ Teenagers who vandalized the Asburn Colored School in Virginia sentenced to read. The list of 35 books includes The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Night by Elie Wiesel, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

+ Will shared the most stunning photos from his NYE trip to Stockholm.

+ This New York City ballet dancer’s new role is being bad.

+ Pardon my French is one of those podcasts I listen to regularly. This week, Garance had best selling author Jessi Klein on the show.

+ Did you see this story about the flight attendant who saved a young human trafficking victim on an Alaska Airlines flight? “Something in the back of my mind said something was not right. He was well-dressed. That’s what got me because I thought why is he well-dressed and she is looking all dishevelled and out of sorts?”

+ I downloaded this app this week and I can’t wait to try it out. 10 tips for taking an awesome Boomerang. Do you use it?

+ I am heading back to ballet this week after a 5-month break. Halfway through every class, my calf muscles cramp up. I wish I’d known about these tips to avoid or minimize them sooner.

+ Favourites on Instagram: From Reese to Madeline via @reesewitherspoon, Magical morning moments via @thebalancedblonde, Having a princess moment wearing Dior via @songofstyle, Who says you can’t do ballet in a formal gown? via @mystylepill

Reading update:

I am still reading Columbine. I am hoping to finish it tonight.

I’m in the mood for historical fiction so I’m starting The Belly of Paris.

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s the final weekend of January? It’s cold and grey and snow flurries are on the way. If it’s not too cold out, I plan on checking out the Toronto Light Festival in The Distillery District. It looks like such an amazing event!

Got any fun plans this weekend? As always, I’ve rounded up my favourite links from around the web this week…

+ The right way to fall. “The key is to not fight the fall, but just to roll with it, as paratroopers do.”

+ Real perspectives from the Women’s Marches in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

+ Watch New York City Ballet dancers take over a subway station.

+ A new Netflix documentary series about design is coming in February.

+ LOVING the 2017 Oscar nominations by the numbers.

+ Invisible Wounds. Humans of New York’s new series tells the stories of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

+ The Taste of Emotion. Dominique Crenn on the poetry of cooking, the power of memory, and rejecting limits for women in the male-dominated culinary industry.

+ Bri shared an amazing Stockholm travel guide.

+ 9 documentaries to add to your must-see list this year.

+ Stay warm with this matcha honey hot chocolate.

Reading update:

I finished Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night this week. It was the late author’s final novel and I really enjoyed it.

I’m starting Columbine this weekend.

(Photo snapped in Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens last winter.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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I am in the mood to curl up on the couch in my pajamas and binge-watch documentaries. Any recommendations?

Whatever you do, I hope you have an amazing one! As always, my favourite links this week for you to click through…

+ Don’t miss out: This weekend, you can download these 7 eBooks for free in honour of the Women’s Marches!

+ Bryan Stevenson: A Civil Rights Hero for the Age of Trump. Stevenson shares his thoughts on justice, race, America, and the importance of books. His book Just Mercy is a necessary read for our times. I finally read it last year and I’ll be rereading it soon.

+ A final thank you from Obama. How can you not love him?

+ And designers wrote the sweetest thank you notes to Michelle Obama.

+ This was a fascinating long read. To Obama With Love, Hate, and Desperation. The director of presidential correspondence, Fiona Reeves “looked for stories. Not pro-this or con-that, not screeds, not opinions about what someone heard on N.P.R. The president needed to hear the stories — that’s what he couldn’t get himself. She thought of the letters as a periscope outside the bubble, as a way for him to see as he used to see, before Secret Service protection and armored vehicles and a press pool and the world watching.”

+ Love this interview. Why the world needs more women sound mixers.

+ The brilliant question LinkedIn’s head of recruiting asks every job candidate.

+ This timely Ted Talk landed in my inbox this week. Ashley Judd: How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control.

+ An anti-smoking billboard that coughs. Seriously?

+ Must watch: Ellen’s tribute to the Obamas.

+ The perfect dinner for cold winter evenings: Slow roasted citrus salmon and winter citrus butter salmon.

+ Loving this social media cheat sheet for 2017.

+ Favourites from my Instagram feed: The beautiful in-between via @tuulavintage, Steamy with a chance of flurries via @laurenswells

+ In case you missed it, I shared the 100 books on my 2017 reading list.

Reading update:

This week I finished Padma Lakshmi’s memoir Love, Loss, and What We Ate. Vivid, brave, moving, and brutally honest.

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Merry Christmas, everyone! Sending lots of love to you and your loved ones. Got any big plans for the holiday weekend? I’ve got the sniffles and I’m fighting it off with this immunity shot, vitamin C, and lots of sleep.

Just sharing my favourite links from this week with you before I head off to enjoy the holiday with my family. I hope you enjoy…

+ How five ballerinas get ready for “The Nutcracker”.

+ Watch: Why aren’t we hiring more women in the film industry?

+ Octavia Spencer’s reaction to meeting President Obama is the BEST!

+ An Obama Administration speechwriter on the end of a literary presidency. So sad to think about.

+ I’m a full-time photographer because of Instagram. This is so inspiring. Such great tips!

+ This made me sad and angry. Bana Alabed, Twitter’s Child Witness to the Battle for Aleppo. “Soon after Fatemah’s exchange with Rowling, the author’s agent, Neil Blair, arranged to send Bana digital copies of all the Harry Potter books, to read on her mother’s smartphone. Bana was overjoyed. Hours after receiving the e-books, Fatemah posted a photo of the corpse of one of Bana’s friends, who had been killed that night in an explosion.”

+ Here are 7 ways you can help the people in Aleppo.

+ I’m a huge fan of Cup of Jo’s Beauty Uniform series. This week’s story with Paola Mathe is one of my favourites!

+ Anthony Bourdain’s post-election interview. “Are we any less racist now? Okay, some of the laws have changed. Great. But are we any less racist as a nation? I don’t know. I’m looking for some evidence right now and I don’t see it.

+ Can you spot the sheep among the Santas? It took me way longer than I thought it would!

+ Barack Obama on Race, Identity, and the Way Forward. The president in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates.

+ Long read for your weekend: For These Girls, Danger Is a Way of Life.

+ And in case you missed it, I rounded up my favourite nonfiction books in 2016. My favourite fiction picks coming up next week.

Reading update:

This week, my sweet blogger friend sent me a copy of The Mothers in the mail. I devoured it in two days. At this point, all I can say is that it blew me away and it’s one of the best books I’ve read in ages. Bennett has gifted us a timely, insightful, and thought-provoking novel written in the most gorgeous prose. I am already looking forward to Bennett’s next novel. (I hope there’s one in the works.)

(Photo snapped after receiving The Mothers in the mail this week.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Thursday, everyone! Got any fun weekend plans? Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a good one!

This weekend I’m heading out of town to spend time with family so I am sharing my favourite links from the week a bit earlier than usual. This week’s links are pretty incredible and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do…

+ Joanna attended a holiday party at the White House and of course, she shared all the details! I literally squealed when I read this post. Cup of Jo is the one blog I read every day for its informative, uplifting, honest, and “out of the box” posts. Joanna is such a lovely, genuine, and down-to-earth person. I am so happy she was recognized by the Obama Administration for her support, authenticity, hard work, and providing a safe and welcoming space for her readers. (Make sure to scroll down and read the comments.)

+ 10 things you didn’t know about how the NY Times Book Review works.

+ I’ve been dying to see this movie since it premiered at TIFF this September. Also read this great interview with Casey Affleck and writer-director Kenneth Lonergan last month.

+ Nominations for the big award shows were announced this week: Golden Globes 2017 nominations and Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017 nominations.

+ Taza’s post on holiday markets in NYC makes me want to catch the next flight out.

+ How filmmakers make emotions visual. I found this so fascinating!

+ This interactive map lets you listen to radio stations all over the world!

+ Isn’t this drinking buddy bottle opener adorable?! It would make a great stocking stuffer.

+ Watch: Garance and her friends discuss What is French Beauty?

+ This week, Instagram launched its new bookmark function. Here are 7 ways the new feature will benefit beauty and fashion lovers.

+ The 30 most anticipated new TV shows of 2017.  Three words: Big Little Lies.

+ I recently discovered the beautifully curated online shop, Paisley & Sparrow. Each purchase helps survivors of sex trafficking, widows who are HIV positive, women recovering from addictions, and girls who grew up as orphans.

+ Anne launched her 2017 Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge! This will be my third year participating in the challenge and I highly recommend joining in.

+ Favourites from my Instagram feed: Running to the edge of the Boca do Inferno viewpoint in Sete Cidades via @jennifhsieh, Suspended in the treetops of Whistler’s rainforest via @bontraveler, The couple that shoots arrows together, stays together via @halfadams

(Photo snapped during Sunday’s snowstorm.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy weekend! It’s absolutely freezing here and 15 cm of snow is on the way. It’s been a very emotional week and all I want to do is curl up on the couch and watch Christmas movies like this one. What are your favourite Christmas movies? I’d love to hear!

How are you spending the weekend? There was SO much good stuff on the Internet this week so it was a bit of a challenge narrowing down my favourites. But here you go…

+ Book lovers, rejoice! NPR’s Book Concierge is out. I look forward to this app every year. NPR staff and critics share the over 300 titles they loved. Happy reading!

+ A perfectly cozy holiday movie night.

+ I spent last Christmas in New York and my favourite part of the trip was walking around Manhattan and gazing at the magical holiday windows. Thanks to Google Shopping’s Window Wonderland we can experience the magic without leaving home.

+ You NEED to check out Will’s dining nook makeover! LOVING the black matte and metallic combo.

+ What President Obama read, watched, and listened to during his eight years in office.

+ I watched this movie this week. The performances blew me away. Tobey Maguire deserves every award under the sun for his performance.

+ While watching it I remembered this TED Talk, We train soldiers for war. Let’s train them to come home, too. Psychologist Hector Garcia is doing important work.

+ Loving these tips for getting better sleep at home and on the go this holiday season.

+ The year’s most captivating film performances according to Times critics AND the year’s best actors channeling classic film-noir looks. Such an incredible feature!

+ Amazon Go’s check-out free shopping is simply brilliant. Opening in early 2017.

+ The sexual assault survivor fighting to protect victims’ identities. “British newspapers are banned from reporting the names of victims of sexual assault, and victims can request to give evidence behind a screen, all in the service of “victim protection.” The fact that police routinely provide perpetrators with their victims’ full names is a glaring anomaly in a process that has otherwise good intentions.”

+ ‘Tis the season for peppermint affogato and hot buttered rum.

+ This week Instagram launched new tools to keep people safe. The anonymous reporting for self-injury posts is such a great feature: “If you believe that someone you care about may be thinking about injuring themselves, you can report it anonymously, and we will connect your friend to organizations that offer help.”

+ Favourites from my Instagram feed: Best part of aging via @iamsarahgrafferty, Attitude runs deep in this family via @emilyschuman, Move aside, onesie. The TWOsie is here via @winstonsih

Reading update:

I read and loved Jason Priestley’s memoir. Read all about it in this post.

This weekend I’ll be reading The Nix. Have you read it?

(Photo snapped at the Winter Village in Bryant Park last Christmas.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy weekend, friends and congrats on making it through the week. I made a conscious effort to smile at everyone I can across this week in the elevator, at the supermarket checkout, on the street. It really boosted my mood and I’m pretty sure it did the same for others.

Christmas is in the air! Shop windows are all decorated, Christmas trees are going up all over the city, and stores are playing Christmas tunes. Oh and the Toronto Christmas Market opened last night. It tends to get pretty crowded on the weekends, so I plan on going one evening after work to avoid the long lines. (Admission is free from Tuesday to Friday.) I’m praying that everyone doesn’t have the same idea!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! As always, I’m sharing my favourite links and this week’s links are soooo good! Make yourself comfortable and enjoy…

+ 21 stunning photos of this year’s Supermoon from around the world. Did you see it? Loving #1, #4, #6, #11, #13, #17, 19.

+ Following the election, a New York photographer asked women in Grand Central Station the question: “What now?” The responses were pure gold.

+ Glamour honoured the Stanford sexual assault case survivor at the magazine’s Women of the Year awards.

+ And in case you missed it, the powerful essay she wrote for Glamour‘s  December issue.

+ Did you tune in to BET’s White House Party for the Obamas? Here are the highlights in case you missed it. Oh, and Michelle Obama singing along during Usher’s performance was just priceless. How can you not love them?

+ This movie comes out in a couple of weeks and I am so excited. It won the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

+ I’m always so moved by the stories of those who have benefited or may benefit from The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund. The fund provides direct assistance to those living on the streets, those who can’t afford their medical bills, children suffering from poverty and abuse, and young people looking for jobs, to name a few. A Times reporter reflects on what he learned from writing these stories. This year’s campaign runs through February 2017.

+ A complete timeline of Barack Obama’s most viral moments. Best. thing. ever.

+ A different approach to keeping young offenders out of prison. “Children as young as 13 can be tried in adult criminal court for serious crimes in New York state. But instead of redirecting troubled kids, prison hardens them. That’s why the New York Foundling, a private children’s-advocacy organization, offers an alternative, Families Rising, a diversionary option that mandates family therapy in exchange for delayed sentencing and avoiding a criminal record entirely if the program is completed successfully.”

+ Reflections from Trump’s America. This feature and photos speak volumes.

+ Made me laugh out loud. “My sister moved in, her five cats moved in, and her ex-husband moved in. It’s driving me nuts. My sister watches those murder programs. And her ex-husband is Irish so he keeps talking about the potato famine. He loves that potato famine. Always the potato famine.”

+ 50 necessary reads for your anger and your action.

+ Claire launched a food history podcast and the nerd in me is rejoicing!

+ Favourites from my Instagram feed: Gullfuss is just as magical in the night as it is in the day via @juliahengel, I want to be beautiful but not in the way those girls on the runway or in a magazine via @chevronseclairs, Into the mystic via @jasonincalifornia, Happy Saturday from the CN Tower via @iamsarahgrafferty

Reading update:

I picked up Find Her by Lisa Gardner on a whim one day this week. I read it in a day. A must-read for all the suspense lovers.

This weekend, I’ll finally be reading Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy.

(Photo snapped on an afternoon walk in Sherwood Park.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy weekend everyone. What a week it’s been! On Wednesday morning, I woke up feeling anxious and I didn’t understand why. On my way out the door, I ran into my neighbour and asked him who won the election. I was shocked to say the least. As the day went on, I avoided reading any online news, picking up any newspapers, or turning on the TV. I refused to believe it, but all the Instagram posts told me it was true. I have family living in the US so I was worried about how this would affect them.

While I in no way condone President Trump’s words and actions or agree with his policies, I’ve chosen to pray for him. God is not surprised by the outcome and I am resting in that truth. God is in control and He is still on His throne.

After an emotionally draining week, I hope you make time to relax this weekend. Sending hugs to everyone. If you’re looking for some reading, I’ve got you covered with my favourite links this week…

+ If you’re still in shock over Trump’s victory, this piece by Elizabeth Drew, How it happened clears things up.

+ For all the podcast fans in Toronto: The Hot Docs Podcast Festival, Canada’s first international podcast festival runs from November 18-20! For festival details and tickets, visit the official website.

+ Michelle Obama opens up on eight memorable years in the White House. On the most demanding part of being First Lady: “I have to be in tune. All the time. I have to be in tune with my husband, where he is, how he’s feeling. I have to be in tune with where my family is. The same thing is true in the work that I do. It’s all about me feeling where people are.”

+ And Barack Obama spoke to Brandon of Humans of New York: “I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot done, and I was away from my family and putting a lot of strain on Michelle. Then for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do.”

+ 50 best cinematographers working today. I am a huge fan of Dariusz Wolski for his work on The Martian, Roger Deakins for his work on Prisoners, Jeff Cronenworth for his work on Gone Girl, Ellen Kuras for her work on A Little Chaos, and Sean Bobbitt for his work on 12 Years A Slave and The Place Beyond the Pines.

+ How I explained the election to my six-year-old daughter. This made me smile.

+ Angela Bassett: ‘Anger doesn’t serve me. If I’m frustrated, I just do better.’ “Her career, she says, has always been about “what inspires me to grow, to learn, the message – what are you saying – as opposed to ‘what are they paying?’ Oftentimes, it’s what inspires me.”

+ Watch: Subway sticky notes offer post-election therapy.

+ This photo essay of a young boy’s cancer journey brought me to tears.

+ Critics are going crazy over ‘Loving’. The team behind ‘Loving’ brings a quiet civil rights battle to life. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols and produced by Colin Firth, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It opens in theatres this weekend.

+ This bacon butternut squash risotto. Because we could all use a bit of comforting right now.

+ Anthropologie’s Cooler by Degrees collection makes me excited for cooler weather. I would love to get cozy in this hat, this blanket scarf, and these mittens!

+ I finished Michelle Obama’s biography Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin on Wednesday night. I shared my thoughts on this important read in this post.

+ Favourites from my Instagram feed: Central Park in fall via @joannagoddard, First views of Saluyita, the loveliest little surf town via @pointebreakretreats, It’s raining cats and dogs out here, try not to step in any poodles via @rosielondoner, We pulled over & these beauties came running toward me via @stephsterjovski, Alright, let’s do this via @carolinecala

Reading update:

I’m still making my way through Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton. This one belongs on your reading list.

I am also in the mood for some light reading so I’m re-reading Spin by Catherine McKenzie for the MMD Reading Challenge.

(Photo snapped in Sherwood Forest.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy weekend! How was your first week of November? I am SO ready for all this election drama to be over. Who’s with me? That being said, it’s 2016 and there are still countries around the world where people are fighting for the right to vote, so I hope all my American readers are registered to vote. Also, #imwithher over here in Canada because of her four years’ experience as the Secretary of State and her passion for women, children, and human rights.

How are you spending the weekend? It’s beautiful and sunny here so I plan on taking a long walk in the woods. A friendly reminder to turn your clocks back an hour before heading to bed tonight. If you’re looking for some weekend reading, I’ve got you covered with a bunch of my favourite links this week…

+ I love The Atlantic‘s video series, Women and Leadership. I especially enjoyed the third episode, Wendy Finerman on the Challenges of Being a Female Hollywood Producer. Finerman talks about the lessons she’s learned in Hollywood and how she keeps a work-life balance.

+ Bookmarking Grace’s thoughtful essay, 10 Things People Don’t Talk About in Business (But Should). I’m sure I’ll be returning to it again and again.

+ An American in a Strange Land. An incredible article by a New York Times foreign correspondent returning home after more than ten years abroad. “I worked for an American company, for American bosses, and I wrote articles trying to explain the world to a mostly American audience. All of this created the gentle illusion that we were still truly connected to home. Yet as the years passed, I realized that I had lost touch, that the country I left was no longer the same.”

+ The thought process of social media creeping made me crack up.

+ Behind the Scenes: Making a Magazine Cover. Three women share the behind-the-scenes of New York Times Magazine covers! So fascinating.

+ The Closer: Michelle Obama. Since speaking out against Trump’s treatment of women, the first lady has received a mass of emails. “Sexual assault victims recounted their trauma, fathers poured out anxieties about unhealthy influences on their sons, and a distraught parent agonized over how to explain rape to a 10-year-old. The next morning in the East Wing, a first lady who had spent years in the White House staying away from politics sorted through a thick sheaf of printed messages — a selection of the 600 she had already received, an amount that would triple by the end of the day — and realized there was an unlikely finale for her.” She will be missed.

+ A divorce lawyer, social worker, and book editor on the art of hard conversations.

+ Everyone’s talking about the new Netflix series, The Crown. Here’s the official trailer.

+ This week I finished reading Through the Glass and I’ve been thinking a lot about the criminal justice system. This article, Does the First Amendment End at the Prison Gate? is a really good read. “The original manuscript, which inmates at Monroe had long passed around in secret, was smuggled out of the prison by a volunteer English teacher in a stack of papers to be graded. Highly praised in The Seattle Review of Books, it chronicles a day in the life of a Washington state prisoner. Many scenes do not reflect well on corrections officers. On October 13, the Washington Department of Corrections officially banned the book, which meant the inmates who had ordered it would not be receiving their copy.”

+ Watch: The process of making bamboo matcha whisks by hand.

+ I watched this film last night. Have you seen it yet? It is a cinematic achievement.

+ Favourites on Instagram this week: Still planet Earth, believe it or not via @cocorocha, Happy Halloween from Poppy, Branch and lil Branch via @jessicabiel, Oh, New York, I love you via @brightbazaar

Reading update:

On Tuesday I finished Jojo Moyes’s latest Paris for One and Other Stories. I fell in love with the title story and enjoyed the other 8 stories in the collection. Worth reading.

On Wednesday I finally finished Through the Glass by Shannon Moroney and I can’t stop thinking about it. Moroney shares how she dealt with the loss of her husband, the publicity of the criminal investigation, the rejection and judgment from those in her community, and a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. She takes us on an intimate journey inside prisons and courtrooms. A story about healing, compassion, letting go, and moving forward after trauma.

I also devoured Left Neglected by Lisa Genova in two days. It’s my favourite book from the author so far and I’ve been recommending it to everyone.

Last night I picked up Hillary Clinton’s memoir, Hard Choices and I am LOVING it. An in-depth and entertaining look at her four years as Secretary of State.

(Photo snapped in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.)