Quote of the day

I just read a fabulous NPR interview with author Kevin Smokler. He has written a book about re-reading the classics he didn’t fully understand in high school and lists 50 books we could all read again. He talks about his decision to include The Scarlet Letter here:

“And so I included The Scarlet Letter because one of the lessons I took from reading this book was not every book is going to show up at your front door holding a chocolate layer cake. Some of them will be more challenging. Some of them will not be as inviting and warm. … That’s one of the joys of being a reader, is that not everything is supposed to comfort you. Some things are supposed to force you to hop on one foot or walk sideways.”

Great, right?

For me, the semester is off to a busy start. I’ve joked about taking Matthew McConaughey as my guru, since he seems like the kind of person who doesn’t stress about anything–I wish I could be that easy-going. Maybe it’s a surfer thing? I have loads of work, but I’ve promised myself that I’ll do one (or both) of two things everyday to keep myself relaxed:

  • read for 30 minutes at night and/or
  • exercise for the same amount of time.

What I’m reading: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin & You Can Buy Happiness (And It’s Cheap!) by Tammy Strobel. Love them both!

Yoga-wise: Just Netflix’d Trudie Styler’s Warrior Yoga. Will probably make me want to run away to Tuscany, won’t it?

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