Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy 2015 - fresh ideas (Part I)

Calloway Peak NC - Grandfather Mountain's highest peak

Happy 2015! Hope you had a lovely, long break. We had an amazing unplugged stay in the mountains of NC, which has become a favorite family tradition after Christmas and through the ringing in of the new year. A few things for the new year courtesy readers and friends:

  • A Quote:  I read this and think it sets a great tone for the start of a new year - "Don't dig up in doubt what you planted in faith." - Elisabeth Elliot

  • An app:  Unlike most people, I have a chronic issue with being hopelessly unplugged. I actually belong in the sixties but I'm trying to get with the program! Meanwhile, many people I've talked to have a new year resolution to limit their time on social media and general screen time and now there's an app for that: Moment app (click for details) helps curb your connection by counting your screen hours and an alarm to arrest your addiction.
beautiful image of St. Paul and the Broken Bones by
  • A Song: Don't Mean A Thing (you have to watch this!) by St. Paul and The Broken Bones. How did this voice get into this body?! I love watching Paul Janeway channel Otis and Aretha. Want to catch them live? St. Paul and The Broken Bones are set to headline the festival finale of Spoleto this year at Middleton Place on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Yippee!

  •  A Book... or two:  What's in your stack for the new year? Here are a few to consider. Thanks for these recommendations - I'm on it!  
  1. Her by Harriet Lane - "Lane is a brilliant observer of the intricacies of the everyday.... As seductive as it is chilling, HER is quality literary fiction meets psychological thriller, the devil of which is in the detail."—Lucy Scholes, Guardian (UK)
  2. The End of Power by Moises Naim - "In his new book called The End of Power, Moises Naim goes so far as to say that power is actually decaying. I actually find the argument rather persuasive."
    —General Martin Dempsey-Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  3. Being Mortal  by Atul Gawande - "Being Mortal left me tearful, angry, and unable to stop talking about it for a week. . . . A surgeon himself, Gawande is eloquent about the inadequacy of medical school in preparing doctors to confront the subject of death with their patients. . . . it is rare to read a book that sparks with so much hard thinking."

Serial Walker:  Become a Serial walker and start a new routine walking your pup while listening to this great podcast. Thanks for this workout idea, CB!

Stay your course and streamline your pitfalls - I think this applies to people, places, and things - “When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.” 
― Stephen Richards

Find new joys in 2015!

Crisp morning mountain house view - 2015

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