a little roundup of things that inspired me this week
1. Words and Pictures Photos tell stories, and no one captures them more eloquently than my friend, Julie Williams Dixon. She’s a writer, filmmaker and photographer who sees the unseen then somehow manages to capture it on film. Love, love, love.
2. The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jameson You know what it’s like to see an email in your inbox from someone who always attaches something great? That’s the feeling I got when this link arrived compliments of my dear friend and fellow writer Kathryn Dave. She said: The writing in this personal essay on empathy (kind of) is so good. It’s very long, but worth finding a quiet moment this weekend. Oh yes. Yes, yes, yes. If that’s not enough to get you to click, here’s a tiny sliver:
Empathy isn’t just remembering to say That must really be hard, it’s figuring out how to bring difficulty into the light so it can be seen at all. Empathy isn’t just listening, it’s asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing. Empathy means acknowledging a horizon of context that extends perpetually beyond what you can see…
Set aside some quiet time this long, hot holiday weekend and go there. Promise me.
3. How To Make Sangria Without A Recipe from Food52 Speaking of a long, hot holiday weekend, how about a batch of Sangria? I particularly love Food 42‘s “How to make _____ without a recipe” series—no doubt because I am such a
rule recipe follower. (I shall add to my Life List Riff on Something.)
4. Vacation Photos It is, without a doubt, one of my favorite things about social media. Every time a vacation photo gets posted, I get to share in the glow of the moment with them, instantly transported to locales near and far. Here are three I’m loving right this minute.
Here’s hoping this holiday weekend takes you somewhere wonderful, even if it’s just your glorious back porch. Happy 4th!
The Daily Grace in your inbox? I say yes!