I enjoy following the trail of links shared by friends across the internet, and recently have stumbled upon so many gems that I'd like to share some favorites, too. Here are a few beauties that have inspired, challenged and uplifted me these last few days.
This article in the New York Times about a child born without the ability to feel pain has led to many thoughtful discussions in our family about how uncomfortable sensations (like burns, bruises and shots at the doctor) can actually help us survive.
Slate.com published a beautiful and brilliant term paper assignment from Kurt Vonnegut. This (almost) makes me want to return to college.
Would you like to know how authors cultivate the element of suspense in their stories? Read this essay from the New York Times to learn how.
Katrina Kenison's latest book Magical Journey is due to be released in January, and I can't wait to read it. Here's Publishers Weekly's review of it. If you haven't already read The Gift of An Ordinary Day, buy it now and read it while you're waiting for Magical Journey. (And if you have young children in your life, start out with her first memoir Mitten Strings For God).
And finally, this lovely video of Patricia Walden, one of the world's foremost yoga teachers (and a great inspiration in my own practice) will move you with its beauty, even if you can't bend over far enough to tie your shoes.