Right sized reading, 12/27/2013

We’re having a lovely holiday season… Ryan and I started down the slippery slope of Christmas decorating in earnest this year, by picking up a few big cedar garlands and a swag.  That lead to ribbon, and ornaments, and digging out some lights I’d bought on clearance for a summer backyard party we never had, all arranged on our plant stand in lieu of a Christmas tree.  And then, suspended from the ceiling is the most beautiful glittery star… I was Vanna to Ryan’s Pat Sajak this time around, and I’ve spent the last few days just sitting back admiring his handiwork (and taking lots of photos).  We’ve enjoyed good time with family, and I’m looking forward to two days off next week to clean up from all of our holiday mess-making and get a little bit of writing done, then a couple of days working from home to start off the new year right.

In the meantime, I had some reading to share.

“Acting professionally and being a professional are different things.”

Allen Pike

Thanks go to Jonathon Colman for this jem of a share about living life “with an audience,” and taking our humanity as seriously as we take our professions (and creative pursuits).  I remember swapping war stories with my dear friend Steph early on in my days as a climbing blogger about internet trolls… it’s been a long time since I did anything with a large enough audience to attract nasty comments, and that’s been nice.

My other amazingly talented friend Brendan Leonard (who, by the way, just published a fantastic new book about his life on the road) posted a lovely little post yesterday titled Do Things and Make Things Next Year.  Perhaps I loved it a little more than I otherwise would have since we’ve spent the last number of days pickling everything in sight to give to our family for Christmas; and, because I read the post while standing on the bus, my arm wrapped around a pole, taking a quick break in between rows of the knitting in my hand.  In favor of more time with family and friends (and my niece and nephew) we’ve done less this last year than in years past; but in a way, especially looking at the last few months, I’ve made more… and I anticipate plans in both regards for the coming year.

Finally, my OTHER amazingly talented friend Isla McKetta just shared this blog post about the book I’d just decided to write (and don’t have to now, since it’s already been written).  The interview with Sharon Louden is great, and now I must find a copy of her book (currently unavailable on Amazon.com, although if the site is telling the truth, it’s available for Kindle at a steal compared to the print version).

What have YOU been reading this holiday season?