5 Quick Things #184 🏕

Old tents, new overalls, silent to-do lists, & a good waste

Hey there,

How are you? We returned from three days of camping Wednesday night, with one night of it in the midst of a tornado warning. Let’s just say we finally admitted it’s time to replace our decade-old, very well-used tent thanks to the downpour’s service of revealing just how many seams are not sealed. As I told the kids, tragedy + time = comedy. We’re already laughing about it. Overall, it was a delightful respite from the noise and screens and except for the sleeping bit, I kinda wish we were still out there.

On a related note, I love spring and wish it lasted longer.

Lava flows from the erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano near Reykjavik, Iceland. #

5 Quick Things ☕️

1. What’s FONO? Seth & I unpack the hesitancy many of us have about returning to “normal.” What does it mean to live in a post-pandemic world? And what good stuff can we take with us from our lockdown lives? Loved this chat.

2. “When our class calls are over, I can dance.” I enjoyed these 17 students’ thoughts on what they’ve learned during the pandemic.

3. It’s okay to feel okay. Really.

4. I really loved this piece about the necessity — and the good wastefulness — of beauty. “It’s not my business to assign value to myself or my creations as a writer or a painter. …My task is to live.”

5. And finally, this is such a cool way to think about our stuff.

Currently Reading, Watching, Listening 🎧

Quotable 💬

“The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God.”

― St. John of Damascus #

From the Community 🏠

If you signed up for our Spring Book Swap, check your inbox for an email from my assistant, Caroline — she’s assigned you your person! (I’m excited to send one of you a book… I’m torn between three book ideas to send you.)

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Question For You to Ponder… 🤔

If our days were only 18 hours long, what would you eliminate?

Have a good weekend!

xo, Tsh

p.s. I’m in a buy-nothing season for Lent, but this, this, and this are on my treat-yo’self list as a reward for finishing my book manuscript in a few weeks (lately I’ve been living in overalls like it’s 1998).