Today’s reads are for the new year hopers, the limit makers, the Internet writers, and the Downton Abbey lovers. Enjoy your weekend, friends.Ruth Haley Barton

Epiphany: In Celebration of the Journey by Ruth Haley Barton

“Might we learn that our bodies have wisdom that our minds know nothing of, telling us when it is time to drop to our knees and give our allegiance to something small and humble rather than something large and impressive?”


for your weekend

Saying No In Order to Say Yes by Stephen Smith for Conversations Journal

“A limit is understanding what writer Wendell Berry calls ‘your carrying capacity; knowing your own bandwidth.’ How much can you work? And not how long can you work, but how long SHOULD you work? And it’s not just about work. Limits are important to understand regarding most aspects of our lives. How much can you carry before something is dropped?”

How I Plan to Stay Sane on the Internet

A Look Back: How I Plan to Stay Sane on the Internet in 2015

I wrote this last year in January and shared why I started writing on a blog and why I think it is still important. It’s an applicable re-read, especially for those of us who write on the Internet. At the end, I include a free download, A Writer’s Manifesto, 15 reminders to keep next to your computer including:

  • I will tell stories.
  • I will be myself.
  • I will remember it’s “better to write for yourself and have no public than write for the public and have no self.” (Cyril Connolly)

The Lazy Genius Downton Style

Because We All Need to See Downton Abbey People as Regular People by Kendra Adachi

“There’s nothing more fun than seeing a period-piece actor in skinny jeans and a sequined cardigan, especially if it’s Mr. Carson! ::knee slap:: The final season of Downton Abbey has started so we’re going to counteract our sob faces with some side-by-side photos of our favorite characters. Let’s celebrate the Crawleys and try not to cry into our coffee.”

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