A new Monday tradition where I share what I’m making, reading, thinking about, listening to, and exploring this week.
What I'm reading: Alistair Cooke's American Journey, about his travels across America during the 2nd World War two weeks before Pearl Harbor. The manuscript for it was discovered right before his death at the bottom of a closet and rushed into printing. I'm especially interested to read his descriptions of the Japanese Internment camps which he explored.
What's on my mind: Dams. There are 89,000 of them in the United States, and there's a national effort to remove them. This is supposed to enable fish to repopulate, but I can't help but think about all the animals that die when they take the dam out. It makes me sad.
What's on my playlist: Raising Primates: Less is More: The Case for Baby-Led Movement, 99% Design: La Sagrada Familia and Gathering the Magic, The Slow Home Podcast: Meg Berryman on Moving Beyond Wellness, The Liturgist Podcast: Pro-life, Pro-Choice, Sage Family: Intentional Spending with Elizabeth Willard Thames, and The Simplicity Parenting Podcast: Deescalating Through Humor.
Something I'm struggling with: This is going to sound chokingly-old-fashioned: Modesty. Oh god, I can't believe I just typed that. But for real, it feels weird and unsafe to draw a lot of attention to myself when I'm out with R. I'm a short dress kind of girl, and lately, this just isn't feeling like the right choice to make. It’s just something I’me trying to sort through.
Something I'm loving: My partner Chris (always). Last week he made the balance beam I linked to in the last Weather Report. He sanded the edges soft and smooth and built it out of wood with a beautiful grain. He's such a profoundly skilled carpenter even when it comes to small and easy projects like this one.
Something new I've learned: There was an ancient empire called Mittani in Iraq. I'd never heard of it before, but because of severe drought, a pond dried up and revealed a huge, 3,400 year old palace.
Now you tell me what your week looks like in the comments below, because the whole reason behind this new series is so we can inspire each other to grow and learn and do :)