I'm feeling much better.
Tom is safely back home.
In other words, I'm settling. It's Monday. Time to . . .
(On Monday mornings, I share a few things I found over the weekend.)
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
--- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tom suggested this week's word to me. It's one we both run into quite often in our reading. It's fun to say . . . and fun to think about.
(Interesting tidbit: This word is often capitalized. Why? Well . . . it's a German word. And in German, nouns are capitalized!)
What's the zeitgeist of the 21st century? A quick google search indicates that maybe it's globalization. Or misanthropy (hint: general dislike of humankind). Thoughts?
The Oscar nominations came out last week. Because we go to the movies all the time, Tom and I have already seen most of the nominated movies across the major Oscar categories. Here's a quick rundown of the Best Picture nominees, including tips on where you can see them. (My favorites? I'm firmly in the Parasite camp this year, but I also really liked JoJo Rabbit, Little Women, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.) What's your favorite?
I just finished reading a new book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn. (You can read reviews/more about the book here and here.) This book is about marginalized American people, and my friends . . . it is a real gut-punch. It's depressing and discouraging and frustrating. But it also . . . explains a lot. How we got here, as a country, and where we might go in the future. If we all work together. And, yeah. The book is written by two people leaning left. But they don't just tow a progressive line. They also validate conservative stances on personal responsibility and the importance of a strong work ethic. They are looking for solutions -- where we (as a country) could do the most good to change the tide. It is one of the more balanced perspectives I've read -- which is refreshing. Because it's going to take all of us - working together - to fix the mess we're in. (The book does offer hope, with many possible solutions -- both for the country as a whole and for individuals.)
It's worth reading.
And . . . just for fun . . . here's an article about "craft trends" for the coming year! Get ready for stained glass, color blocking, chartreuse, 3D printing, embroidery, and a continued focus on both eco-crafting (mending, zero-waste, use-what-you-have) and inclusion in the craft world.
I hope your Monday is off to a great start!
(I know I'm happy to be back at it this week.)