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.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy weekend everyone. I hope you had a wonderful week and you’re ready for some rest and relaxation. The weather switched suddenly here in Toronto this week and I actually had to wear layers.

Got any fun plans this weekend? Whatever you end up doing, stay safe! As always, here’s a roundup of my favourite links this week…

+ How to Be Both. “This is what I grew up seeing, so that is what I grew up being: a young adult with a social consciousness to do what I could, and to, at the very least, speak up when I knew something was wrong.”

+ ‘I Live in a Lie’: Saudi Women Speak Up’. The New York Times issued a call-out on their site and on their Twitter to Saudi women, How Has Your Life as a Saudi Woman Changed? The response was overwhelming.

+ Ella shared her thoughts on social media and it was so honest and real. “Social media isn’t there to create a platform from which to try and emulate a stranger or aim for a photo-shopped image of virtual perfection. Don’t forget as you scroll through account after account that no one is or will ever be perfect, the concept of perfect is subjective and lies solely in the eye of the beholder.”

+ Turned down 18 times. Then Paul Beatty won the Booker. Added to my reading list. Have you read it?

+ Imagine a World Without Photography. An interview with Emmy award-winning filmmaker Alexandria Bombach.

+ Pete Wells Has His Knives Out. How the New York Times restaurant critic writes the reviews that make and break restaurants.

+ The perfect fall look in my favourite colour!

+ Zadie Smith: dance lessons for writers. On the connection between writing and dancing: “It feels a little neglected – compared to, say, the relationship between music and prose – maybe because there is something counter-intuitive about it. But for me the two forms are close to each other: I feel dance has something to tell me about what I do. What can an art of words take from the art that needs none? Yet I often think I’ve learned as much from watching dancers as I have from reading.”

+ Everything you hear on film is a lie. A fascinating TED Talk that had me reminiscing about my job in film and television post production.

+ Hellooooo pumpkin nutella hot chocolate.

+ My favourites on Instagram this week: But WHY, Mum, WHY must it be Morphin’ Time? via @evachen212, Soaring high above an ocean of autumnal hues via @brightbazaar, Dear Pretty Little Liars via @halfadams, This will be the drive into our house via @freshexchange

Reading update:

I am currently making my way through Through the Glass by Shannon Moroney.

This weekend I’ll be curling up with Jojo Moyes’s latest, Paris for One and Other Stories.

(Photo snapped in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy Friday everyone. How was your week? Where is October going? I’ve been going on long walks along the trails in my neighbourhood to soak up all the fall foliage. I feel as though we didn’t have much of a fall in Toronto last year (I remember spotting ONE tree with orange leaves. Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention!)

What are your plans for the weekend? As always, the links I loved this week for you to check out…

+ Must read: To the First Lady, With Love. Four authors wrote the most beautiful thank-you notes to Michelle Obama.

+ Stephanie Sterjovski’s stunning wedding day. The sweetest love story: “We chose each other every day since our first date and 8 years later we walked down the aisle to choose each other once more. Coming from different cultural backgrounds, we had our challenges along the way, but our newfound faith brought us closer and gave us strength to overcome them.”

+ Loving this post on cool book covers.

+ The Everygirl does the best career profiles. This one on Jocelyn Adams, the founder of Grandbaby Cakes is my favourite to date. “It is more important to me to preserve my brand’s authenticity for the long run than receive a fat check in the short run.”

+ I couldn’t stop laughing when this DIY costume popped up in my Instagram feed.

+ 12 toxic cosmetic ingredients to avoid.

+ Long read for your weekend: My report to the President. “As you walked Jill and me out into the Rose Garden almost exactly a year ago and I announced that I would not run for president, I said in my remarks that I had only one regret — that I wouldn’t be the president who presided over the end of cancer as we know it. I said it because I believe it’s possible.”

+ Good news! There’s a Babysitters Club podcast and it’s hosted by two 30-year-old guys.

+ Loved the latest episode of Garance’s Pardon my French podcast. How to Build a Brand Your Own Way: Grace Bonney & Anna Bond.

+ A former prisoner on voting for the first time in his life. “All I can say is I hope other former inmates get out and vote. The problem is, you have to believe to be able to vote, and most of us don’t. Some don’t believe in people at all; others don’t believe in the government because that’s what their lives have taught them. But I will vote. I don’t believe in all people, but I believe in the right people, and what they can do.”

+ Watch: Actors speak about playing the President in their respective films and TV shows.

+ Favourites on Instagram this week: Crash landing via @davekennedy_, NY, you always take my breath away via @ananewyork, Fresh air via @shutterbean,  Up, up, and away via @jamie.woolsey, Hello from Colorado and the first of many picture perfect views via @nataliebergen, The little plant that could via @laurenswells

Reading update:

I read I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe in two days. This is hands-down the best historical novel I’ve ever read. The story captured my heart from the very first page. I laughed, I cried, and I slowed down and savoured the stunning prose. This is definitely one of those books I’ll be reading over and over.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena left me breathless and I couldn’t go to bed before finishing it. I devoured this tightly woven thriller on Monday evening. So many twists.

I am reading and loving Shannon Moroney’s memoir Through the Glass. This one has been on my reading list since last year.

I started Anne Valente’s debut novel Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down last night and I can’t put it down. The stunning prose drew me in. Beautifully written, heartbreaking, timely, and important.

(Photo snapped on my walk through Mount Pleasant Cemetery this week.)

Happy Weekend + Links I Love

 

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Happy weekend, friends! I hope you had an amazing week. Here in Toronto, the leaves seemed to have changed overnight and my neighbourhood is exploding with yellow, orange, and red. We didn’t have much of a fall last year so I am taking it all in. Fall just might be my favourite season.

Got any fun weekend plans? It’s 66 degrees and sunny today so I plan on taking a walk along the trails and soaking up the vibrant fall colours while I can.

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

+ In case you missed it earlier this week: The video and full transcript of Michelle Obama’s powerful speech in New Hampshire.

+ Gael García Bernal: The border thriller ‘Desierto’ is what happens when xenophobic hate speech is accepted. I saw this film with a friend when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September and we are still talking about it.

+ Bookselling in the 21st Century: On the Difficulty of Recommending Books. “I swing between wanting to press my dearest books into strangers’ hands and wanting to hide. I may as well be handing over a piece of my psyche: here is something important to me, this helped me during a painful time, this made me cry. In opening a book I recommend a person opens a window onto who I am. If they dislike the view it feels like a rejection. I know it is not personal, I know that any interaction with a stranger has minimal effects on us both, and yet the fear lingers, similar to telling someone your real feelings.”

+ Hitting the trails and taking in the beautiful fall foliage is one of my favourite things to do in the fall. A guide to fall colours at Ontario Parks.

+ California Sunday Magazine dedicated its October issue to sound! I really enjoyed: Eating With Your Ears, Faking It, Hollywood Voice Lessons, Fish are Loud, and The Foghorn.

+ Can I get a Nose on This? How one chef deals with not being able to smell. Chef Adam Cole on what he would say to those in his profession who consider his inability to smell a disability: “I say Beethoven was deaf and he made beautiful music. I’m not comparing myself to Beethoven, but there are composers who can’t hear who can write music; there are blind artists who paint pictures. I guess it goes to show there’s a lot more intuition that goes into creating than just our perceived abilities. Technically it may be a disability, but it’s never kept me from doing anything I’ve wanted to.”

+ This bag has WiFi!?! On the wishlist.

+ I’ve been listening to NPR’s newest podcast How I Built This and it’s fascinating. I loved the episodes on Instagram and Vice Media.

+ I hate being on my phone all the time. “Recently, my fingertips have started to feel numb because I’m scrolling so often. Numb! That can’t be good. For me, the phone promotes habitually bad behavior, which, if I had to guess, stops mental expansion.”

+ Watch: The New York Public Library’s Rose Main Reading Room get re-shelved with books in this time lapse.

+ Favourites on Instagram this week: Caved via @halfadams, Frost warning via @scotthwilson, Best Easter egg hunt ever via @iamsarahgrafferty, Desert vibes via @songofstyle, I like big books and I cannot lie via @rosielondoner

Fall reading update:

I flew through Susannah Cahalan’s memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness in two days. I am happy I gave this memoir another chance. Brave, inspiring, captivating, beautifully-told, and it didn’t scare me as much as it did when I first read it years ago. Highly recommend.

This week, I picked up These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf on the recommendation of one of my favourite librarians. I read it in 8 hours. Lyrical, moving, shocking, and unputdownable.

This weekend I’ll be cozying up with I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe.

(Photo snapped in my neighbourhood this week.)

Happy {Long} Weekend + Links I Love

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Happy weekend! It’s Canadian Thanksgiving and I’m so grateful for an extra day to relax. It’s the perfect fall weekend here―sunshine, blue skies, and a slight chill in the air.

My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the hurricane. How are you spending the weekend? If you’re in the mood for some Internet browsing, here are my favourite links this week…

+ I shared my books memoir―my love of reading, book recommendations, and favourite reads over at The Gentlewomen Book Club. It was so much fun. Thanks Cassie! Connect with the Gentlewomen Book Club on Instagram.

+ My friend Vickie, a certified holistic nutritionist made these walnut lentil zucchini boats. I love how she includes the nutritional benefits at the end.

+ Reader’s Guide to This Fall’s Big Book Awards. Given the number of books I’ve read so far this year, I can’t believe I haven’t read any of the finalists yet! Have you read any?

+ I love getting The Daily Skimm in my inbox every morning. Scroll down for a phone interview with Vice President Joe Biden about Domestic Violence Awareness Act and his campus sexual assault awareness campaign, It’s On Us.

+ And Obama just signed a Bill of Rights for Survivors of Sexual Assault. “The act ensures that survivors won’t have to pay for rape-kit testing and that they will be notified 60 days before their kit is set to be destroyed, among other things.”

+ ‘Homeland’ Cast, Crew Tour 9/11 Museum Ahead of Season 6 Premiere. I need to catch up on seasons 4 and 5 before January 15.

+ Sarah Jessica Parker and Ta-Nehisi Coates, on new literary paths. Sarah Jessica Parker: “I have always loved to read for the same reason I love to act,” she says, “which is that other people’s stories are more interesting to me than my own.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates: “It was very hard to write ‘Between the World and Me.’ I don’t mean the craft, although of course the craft is hard. I mean that it takes a toll on you emotionally. You need to go in another direction every once in a while. He chuckles. “‘Black Panther’ is where I go to play.”

+ 10 bitter foods to try today to improve digestion.

+ Child Brides Learn to Take Portraits of Each Other. So incredibly moving.

+ Hilary Clinton faces her toughest interviewer yet―11-year old Marley Dias. On the first book she ever saw herself in: “When I was young, I really identified with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, particularly the character of Jo. The book was written at a time when there weren’t as many options for women and girls as there are now. I loved that she wasn’t afraid to chart her own course. I remember reading that book and thinking, I want to be like that when I grew up.”

+ These eye-opening images of the U.S.-Mexico border. “Every year, an estimated 350 million people legally cross the border, with some 400,000 entering into the United States illegally.”

+ My favourites on Instagram this week: I feel like I could get some work done in a place like this via @annebogel, A taste of Fall seasoned with a dash of altitude via @erubes1, I do think this is Ontario’s prettiest season via @lisatant, Tonight’s dance partner via @iamsarahgrafferty

In case you missed it earlier this week, I shared the 5 books I can’t stop recommending AND my Fall 2016 reads. Happy fall reading!

Reading update:

I’m working my way through Michelle Obama: A Life. I can already tell it’s going to be one of my favourite reads of the year.

On Thursday, I started Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders. Who knew the gut could be so fascinating? Engaging, funny, and easy to digest. I am learning a lot and making notes. Everyone needs to read this book!

Last night, I picked up Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan and I can’t put it down. It’s my pick for “a book I previously abandoned” for the MMD Reading Challenge. I read it years ago but stopped halfway as it frightened me. I’m in a better place now to see it through till the end.