MONDAY MIX – 1/8/2018

A few years ago, I attended a conference presentation during which audience members were asked to construct a metaphor to represent our experiences as students.  No one had ever asked me to do this, so I was intrigued, but pretty stumped.  Then I remembered my old boom box, with its radio and dual cassette deck–I always kept a blank tape handy, ready to press “record” whenever something caught my ear.  I realized that I did the same in the classroom, gathering bits and pieces from various sources, often without an idea of how–or even if!–those pieces would fit together. That was the joy of making and sharing mix tapes; when crafted thoughtfully, they were greater than the sum of their parts.  

In that same spirit, I share a weekly “mix” of articles, recipes, book recommendations, and ideas in the hopes that something I share might fit into your own personal, ever-evolving collage. 

Have something you think I might be interested in?  I’d love to hear about it.  Share it here.


-Jill and I rarely make it to the movies, but when we were gifted some last-minute babysitting by our friend Kym, we decided to head to a theater to see Call Me By Your Name and I am so glad we did.  The movie was Jill’s choice – I’d heard of it, vaguely, but not read anything about it, so the whole film unfurled as an immersive experience for me, one which left me deeply moved (and also ready to jump on the next plane to Italy).  I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.


-If you’re making yourself a reading list for 2018, or have an bookstore gift card to burn, I highly recommend Roxane Gay’s list of books she read in 2017.  With category titles like “A Memoir that Was Really Very Extra but the Writing Was Fine and the Book Certainly Held My Prurient Interest,” you’re sure to find something that you want to read, but also be amused in the process.


-And, on this day-after-the-Golden-Globes, as we move into awards season, I feel it my responsibility to endorse Go Fug Yourself, the only fashion/celebrity site I pay any attention to.  I do this because the writers behind it, The Fug Girls (Heather & Jessica), are whip-smart, witty, and really thoughtful.  They talk about pretty dresses, but also stuff that matters, and I just love them.  If you need a little entertainment in your day, I highly recommend checking them out!


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