When Katie was in high school, she coined the phrase “good newses” … (typically) small bits of good news that, when taken with a few other bits of good news, could change your mood and put a smile on your face. Her good newses were almost always accompanied by a hug, and I’m sure that was part of it, too. (but we all know that virtual hugs work, too.)
This past weekend, I realized I was much in need of good newses … and I found some!
Specifically, one of the best things I did this weekend was catch up on my favorite podcasts. I missed a few episodes of all of them while I binge-listened to two audiobooks (neither of which I particularly enjoyed, so I’m not even going to give them more time here) and “other” podcasts. sigh. I hate having to play catchup, but listening to three (now four, and after tomorrow five) days of smart, mostly female, positive, thought-provoking voices … has been like a stream of good newses. Here are a few things from those hours that I especially loved.
Pantsuit Politics are back from vacation! I learned a lot from their 5-things-you-need-to-know episode on Campaign Finance Reform. They shared the whiteboard for developing tomorrow’s episode where they’ll share their thoughts … and I love that this only makes me love them more!
Anne Bogel interviewed a delightfully bookish platonic couple who “love chapter books”. Their views on books are confusingly alike/different from my own (love Harry Potter, love Tayari Jones, hate Pursuasion, hate Lincoln in the Bardo, love Jacqueline Woodson), but I thought every one of Anne’s recommendations for what they should read next sounded amazing … and I haven’t read any of them. Sadly, there are long wait lists for all of them, including James McBride’s The Color of Water (published in 2006). I guess it’s a good thing that book isn’t for a square on my Bingo card since I’ll likely be reading it at Thanksgiving!
Jen Hatmaker’s latest series is For the Love of Powerhouse Women. I enjoyed hearing The Skimm story, but Melinda Gates had me at about minute two when she talked about learning contemplative practices in high school. HIGH SCHOOL! …and the rest of her story gets better from there. My library lists her book The Moment of Lift as “not gonna be this year” (ha! not really), so this might be one I buy. hummmm… it might even be a good one for my small group to read.
and last but by no means least – because this is the one that got me to actually spend money. Suzanne Stabile‘s Enneagram Journey included a one-hour preview for her and Joe’s new audio offering – Spiritual Practices and the Enneagram. It went on sale today (and it’s $30 until Thursday). Suzanne recommends Centering Prayer as a must-do daily practice in the first few minutes. with all the zeal of the newly converted – to both the Enneagram and to Centering Prayer, I’m compelled to learn more. (stay tuned.)
Here’s to a good week. a week of positive thoughts. random acts of kindness. small points of light. truly anything that gives us energy to do (or recover from) the heavy lifting in other aspects of our lives. …and I’d love for you to join me in sharing at least a few of those things. #goodnewses