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Publications
  • Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home
    Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home
    by Leigh Newman

    Can't wait! 

  • Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit
    Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit
    by Krista Tippett
  • The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves
    The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves
    by Dan Ariely
  • Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
    Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
    by Harriet Lerner
Publications
  • Rhythm And Repose
    Rhythm And Repose
    Anti/Epitaph

    Tender and beautiful. 

  • Boys & Girls
    Boys & Girls
    by Alabama Shakes

    Love this album! So happy when I saw BrainPicker post this on her site! 

  • City of Refuge
    City of Refuge
    by Abigail Washburn

    Pure magic!

  • Some Nights
    Some Nights
    by Fun.
  • She Ain't Me
    She Ain't Me
    by Carrie Rodriguez

    I'm such a fan. 

  • I'm Your Man
    I'm Your Man
    by Leonard Cohen

    Take this Waltz is on my top ten list of all songs!

  • Babel
    Babel
    by Mumford & Sons
Publications
  • Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (Original UK Unedited Edition)
    Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (Original UK Unedited Edition)
    PBS

    So totally addicted to this series! Absolutely amazing!

  • Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking [Blu-ray]
    Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking [Blu-ray]
    starring Rufus Sewell

    Based on your recommendations from a recent blog post! It's another wonderful BBC mystery series! 

  • The Good Wife: The First Season
    The Good Wife: The First Season
    starring Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi

    One of the best shows on TV. Juiliana Marguiles is incredible. 

  • Doc Martin: Collection - Series 1-4
    Doc Martin: Collection - Series 1-4
    starring Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Lia Williams, Stephanie Cole, Ian McNeice
gifting
Monday
Feb182013

one of my favorite pieces of wisdom from harriet lerner

Harriet's latest book, Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and Coupled Up is just out in paperback.  

You can read more about Harriet on her website.

She's on twitter at @harrietlerner and here's a link to her Facebook page.

Wednesday
Feb132013

i heart generosity day (with a giveaway, of course)

 

I love Generosity Day. The idea is simple: Let's reboot Valentine's Day as a day of "sharing love with everyone." You can read more about the origins of the movement here

I love this idea! For me it's really easy to forget about real love on Valentine's Day. When I was a tween and teen, the entire day was cringe-worthy. It was always about watching the popular girls get the crappy $1 roses sold at school. When I was was dating and first married to Steve I felt pressure to "get it right" which launched all of my shame gremlins.

As a mom it's about running to Target at 8PM on 2/13 to rummage through the picked-over cards.  As you can see, my perspective has been about how the day makes me feel. Where's the LOVE in that?

Here's the call to arms hearts:

"Give to people on the street.  Tip outrageously.  Help a stranger.  Write a note telling someone how much you appreciate them.  Smile.  Donate (more) to a cause that means a lot to you.  Take clothes to GoodWill.  Share your toys (grownups and kids).  Be patient with yourself and with others.  Replace the toilet paper in the bathroom.  All generous acts count!" 


Radical Generosity?  I'm in.

My goal for tomorrow is to practice random acts of kindness all day. Last week I took Charlie to the neighborhood self-serve yogurt store and when I was checking out I asked the woman behind me to put her yogurt on the scale with Charlie's. She looked confused so I said, "My treat." We both got teary-eyed. It was awkward and vulnerable (people aren't used to kindness anymore), but worth it. It was connection.  

Last year I celebrated Generosity Day with a book giveaway. This year I'm giving away three beautiful blank journals from Anthropologie. They're my favorite journals for keeping gratitude lists. 

Do something generous tomorrow - anything - and leave a comment telling us about it! I'll draw three names on Friday! You can also check out the Generosity Day Facebook page here.

Monday
Feb112013

sounds true: new adventures + a giveaway

To celebrate this new adventure I'm giving away two copies of The Power of Vulnerability and two copies of Men, Women, and Worthiness. Just leave your name in the comments section and tell us what you're grateful for today! 

Last year I said "yes" to a wonderful invitation from Sounds True.  I love the Sounds True Mission: We are an independent multimedia publishing company that finds teachers and artists who serve as a gateway to spiritual awakening. We produce, publish, and distribute their work with beauty, intelligence, and integrity. 

Their invitation was simple:

"You're passionate about your work. You're passionate about teaching. You're passionate about limiting your travel time away from your family. How would you like to create a six-hour class based on all three of your books and teach it in person. We'll take the content and create an audio CD and an online class?"

The answer was YES! 

Sounds True just released The Power of Vulnerability (6 hrs / 6 CDs) and Men, Women and Worthiness (2 hrs).

And here's what's really cool: You can download the audio or buy the CDs, and helping professionals can even get continuing education credits. 

And, if you want to do more than listen, we're launching our first online course next month. 

The great thing about this course is that you can do it on your own schedule! Of course, I think it would be really powerful to do it with a friend or a small group of friends.

The online course includes all of the following. 

  • Six 60-minute Video Learning Sessions
  • Two LIVE Video Q&A Sessions (Submit your questions during these live interactive sessions with Dr. Brené Brown on March 28 and April 11).
  • Written Instruction (We developed key questions for deeper reflection to help you uncover your own vulnerability triggers and areas of growth).
  • Interactive Online Forum (Join the online community with this forum for connecting to other course participants, asking questions, and sharing your own experiences).
  • Complete Downloads of All Course Materials (The entire program of The Power of Vulnerability Live with Brené Brown is yours to keep and enjoy).

Here are links for each of the offerings:

The Power of Vulnerability 6 CD Audio (with download and CEU options)

Men, Women and Worthiness 2 CD Audio (with download options)

The Power of Vulnerability Online Course

Again, to celebrate this new adventure I'm giving away two copies of The Power of Vulnerability and two copies of Men, Women, and Worthiness. Just leave your name in the comments section and tell us what you're grateful for today! 

And . . . one last thing. Thank you for all of the Super Soul Sunday love! It was the experience of a lifetime. I'll share more soon.