Friday Five – August 1, 2020

What I’m reading:

My own words in the Globe and Mail! It was an exciting week for me on the writing front. A personal essay I wrote was published in the First Person column of the Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s national newspapers. This piece started as a seed on my blog in 2016, and I revisited it for a nonfiction writing class I took earlier this year. The piece itself is extremely special to me for obvious reasons, but the process of its evolution became equally as meaningful. I cherish all the versions of this essay that came before the final one.

I was too late to say goodbye to Dad by ME for the Globe and Mail 🙂
(Interestingly, they had a different title for the piece in the print edition, which you can see in the photo below).

What I’m listening to:

Folklore by Taylor Swift.
Leave it to Taylor to write and release the best album of her career during Covid times. This album is exquisite. The more I listen, the more I love it. Every single song is stunning.

Racism Recovery with April Dawn Harter on Over it and On with it Podcast with Christine Hassler.

This is one of, if not the best podcast I’ve listened to about racism, and that’s largely because it’s about the psychological and emotional healing that we need to do as individuals to really understand and get to the root of the problems we are seeing in the collective around racial trauma. I just kept saying YES, YES, YES as I listened to this episode.

What I’m watching:

Little Women

I thought this 2019 version of the Louisa May Alcott’s classic was excellent, but I am a big fan of the book, as well as some of the actors in this one – Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern. That said, I still think the 1994 version is my favorite, with Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes, Christian Bale and Kirsten Dunst. I was 12 when that one came out, which was right around the time I first read the book, so I think that’s why it still holds the magic for me.

Salads of the week:

Made a couple delicious salads this week that are worth sharing:

Chickpea salad with fresh herbs and scallions

Cranberry blueberry salad with blueberry balsamic dressing

Photo of the week:


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