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Cold Tangerines

A while ago I discovered that I comment I left on an article on Wrecked For The Ordinary resulted in a copy of Cold Tangerines winging it’s way to my doorstep. You know me… I’m never one to turn down free books.

That book happens to be Shauna Niequist’s first book, and it is stunning. It’s very easy to read, yet it’s this beautiful celebration of life in all it’s fullness. It’s learning to let go of the need to impress and simply rejoicing in the little things (and the big ones). Perhaps my favourite thing is that it’s real – that I can imagine having been a part of the kind of stories she tells.

You can read a few chapters from it on her website.


Check Boxes & Wild Goose Chases

“Therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don’t. No one does. You shouldn’t be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren’t real and they were created by other people, not you. There is no explicit path I’m following, and I’m not walking in anyone else’s footsteps. I’m making it up as I go.”

[Career advice from Charlie Hoehn, via SwissMiss]

What Will You Destroy?

“In the end, our society will be defined no only by what we create
but by what we refuse to destroy.”

[John C. Sawhill]

Came across this phenomenal quote over on Stephen Brewsters blog (which you should read, by the way). It’s got me thinking deeply about the things we need to fight and kick at until they are destroyed, both collectively and individually. It’s deeply challenging me.

Lyrics On Friday

Have been listening to a lot of Paper Route over the last few months. This song is my favourite from their most recent album, Absence.

Where have I landed I don’t quite remember
I fell to pieces one night in December
Pictures in boxes remind me of something
I miss the days when our fingers were touching

The memories of losing you, you’re like a ghost
Tracing where I said to you

I wish you would listen,
I wish you would listen,
I wish you would listen,
To get through it

All my decisions were just second guesses
Looking for love like a bride looks for dresses
Every mistake turned to some sort of yearning
A heart that was hollow has filled up with meaning

The memories of losing you, you’re like a ghost
Tracing where I said to you

I wish you would listen,
I wish you would listen,
I wish you would listen,
To get through it

[Wish – Paper Route]

What’s been spinning on your iPod this week?

Shake The Dust

This. Blew. Me. Away.

Thanks, Ben.

Marky Mark

Over dinner last night my flatmate & I got talking about films & music… and ended up on the slippery slope known to many as IMDB to Wikipedia to Youtube…

Shooter, a film I recently saw with my parents, stared Mark Wahlberg, who along with his big brother Donny was a member of New Kids on the Block, before leaving to start his own rap group Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch.

They had an interesting social commentary that I think stands strong today as we persevere through this global recession we’re all in together…

Glorious 39

Last week I saw a few films, one of which was Glorious 39. This is easily one of the best films I’ve seen lately! The film itself was beautifully shot, and the soundtrack is excellent. The storyline was what had me most intrigued though – stuff like this always makes me wonder if any of it is based on reality? It doesn’t appear to be from what I can find out, but it’s certainly a storyline you could imagine having its seeds in truth.

Anyone else seen it? What did you think?


"Ultimately, movement is only as valuable as your commitment to stillness, and vice versa."

Pico Iyer

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