I hope everyone is staying safe and cool (ish). I know that the world is full of challenges right now, and always, and I truly thank everyone who reads this newsletter, backed Reburn, watched a Where I'm From, said something kind to me or anyone else in their lives and/or continues to life with joy.
That's revolutionary. Keep going.
1. REBURN Issues #3 + #4 - Digital and Print Copies are in the world!
They look amazing and you can still order.* Just reply to this email with what you'd like, you can see options HERE.
*For example it's $20 total for print copies of issues #3+#4 or $10 for digital #1-#4. I can create a Square invoice for you and ship them out, let me know. The more, the merrier!
2. Where I'm From Poems
WOW! We're still going strong with Where I'm From poems. Yesterday was #40 and I try to do one a week and I'm scheduled until the first week of January. It's thrilling!
Also, we switched to childhood pics and I have to say, they make me smile every SINGLE week!
I wrote a piece of the Project for Advanced Health Stewardship blog about the how and the why of Where I'm From, you can read it HERE.
If you're not on Instagram you can view all of the playbacks on my YouTube Channel. Link HERE.
I also link and and list the poems on my website, HERE.
If you're interested in participating, let me know. I'd LOVE it!
3. What I'm Reading
Run Towards the Danger: Confrontations with a Body of Memory by Sarah Polley
I loved this collection of essays. One of the most spot on, nuanced and validating essays I've ever read about trauma and how it effects our lives and memories.
The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness by Megan O'Rourke
An incredibly engaging and educational book about O'Rourke's life lived with chronic illness, right at the edge of medical knowledge and practice. I know so many people, mostly women, who exist in this daily struggle and it gave me renewed compassion and appreciation for their fortitude and perseverance.
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
I've never been to Ireland, though I do hope to go someday. My paternal great grandparents emigrated to the United States, like many others did, more than a century ago. I believe we carry our ancestors with us. In the past couple of years, I've taken more time to connect with this idea and with where I come from, literally, and this book transported me to a time and place with those who came before me.
4. Getting out of Town
We did it! We had to reschedule our trip twice, but the third time was indeed the charm. We went to San Francisco and it was non-stop fun. Truly. Our family of four walked 8-10 miles everyday, amongst redwoods, in the fog, at Land's End, on our way to the Cable Cars and laps around Westfield San Francisco Centre and Golden Gate Park. We were humbled by the city's beauty and the kindness of every person we interacted with. LOVED IT!