On the last post of the year, it’s a perfect time to pause, reflect and be grateful. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you being part of my world and I wish all of us a safe, healthy, and amazing 2023.
So, being in a reflective mood, I'm sharing with you a couple of reads that are a way for me to recharge my mental batteries and think differently about the world.
The first source comes from Nick Cave's newsletter and website, The Red Hand Files.
Nick Cave is an Australian singer-songwriter best known as the frontman of the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. In The Red Hand Files, anyone can ask Cave anything, with zero filters between the artist and the world. He's been asked about his thoughts on religion, is it better to stay quiet or to speak one's mind, and, one of the best ones: has he ever met Nicholas Cage.
The other nonfiction short reading I like to indulge in is an intellectual source called The Marginalian (previously known as Brain Pickings).
Maria Popova writes thought-provoking articles about a wide range of subjects, including literature, philosophy, and science. I've included a link to an article about Margaret Wise Brown, a children's books author. Despite not being familiar with Brown, I enjoyed reading and learning about her.
“She was unapologetically strange: She swam naked in the cold ocean, put a door in her house that opened out into a plunging cliff, and bought all of a flower vendor’s bouquets when she received her first paycheck for a book”.