Reader Round-up

You readers continue to blow our minds every day.

THANKS for making this blog what it is.  It wouldn’t be worth anything without you.
Your reading & interacting fuels what we do.  Thanks for supporting this effort.  It has been an incredible 5 month journey with you all……..

Today, a few helpful & darling things to share.

Let’s start with DARLING, shall we??  🙂 🙂 🙂

Reader Round-up

THIS PHOTO was sent to us by reader, Miggy, the day I posted about the miniature Bertoia Chairs.  My heart!  I can’t get this darling girl out of my mind.  I love Lamp!  And I love her mom’s blog!  She’s doing something beautiful there for families with kids who have special needs.

THE POSTER (above) was sent in by a reader, Kristen.  Thanks!  We love it!  It sums it all up quite nicely, don’t you think?

-Reader, Stephanie, highly recommends the book by Brene Brown called “I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME, BUT IT ISN’T.”  It’s about shame and how it’s the root of so many problems, including the reason most of us don’t want to be vulnerable.  I can’t wait to read this.
-Love these ideas from reader, LM, about HOW TO FEEL SEXY:

a) never read another beauty magazine; you pay for them to make you feel ugly so that you will buy the product advertised in their pernicious pages which is probably only of any clinical effectiveness at concentrations that are not even reached in that expensive little designer bottle.

b) dance, to what you like with who you like, where ever you like.

c) eat sensual fruit (mango, papaya, juicy red berries).  I especially like to do this in the cubicle at work.  Such luxury in the midst of institutional grey walls.

d) learn how to have an orgasm.

e) take an interest in the wider world, develop a talent and watch your self-confidence blossom.  Sexy is a mind thing.

f) visit an art gallery, music performance, or place of natural beauty.  Stare at a starry sky.  Expand your idea of beauty beyond what mainstream media feeds us.

g) enjoy water in a long hot shower, the swimming pool, the lake, ocean or a babbling brook.  There is a reason it has been a metaphor for life and sensuality for thousands of years.

h) light a fire! (maybe using those beauty magazines.)  It brings people together.


What do you think of this new “Reader Round-up” series?  We just want to recognize you readers for creating such a great community here.  You all offer such great tips/wisdom/advice that we want everyone to hear it!

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  1. cecilia March 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    great advice from LM.

    i love your reader roundup features. i think it would be extra nice if you could link back to the commenter's blog, so we could learn more about them. it's also a nice way to "blog it forward."

  2. Molly March 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I like this idea, and I like the idea of linking to them. Just read Miggy's blog–What a wonderful place!

  3. Miggy March 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Wow! What a lovely surprise. Thank you for all your kind words.
    I love all you two are doing. You definitely filled a void in the blog world…and even the non blog world now that I think about it.

    And of course, I think this reader round up is a splendid idea. 🙂

    Hugs to you.

  4. two forks March 3, 2012 at 12:04 am - Reply

    i am a sometimes blog lurker of yours –

    i have been struggling with the idea of happiness – have you addressed how to still be happy even if you can't change the thing that tends to cause the unhappiness? i would be interested to see what others have to say.

    • Anonymous March 3, 2012 at 5:21 am - Reply

      "When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves." That is the essence of what this beautiful blog is about. 🙂 I hope you stick around and read some more. Mara and Danny always have truly insightful advice on how to go about this.

    • danny March 4, 2012 at 6:38 am - Reply

      And even when we don't…we have some amazing readers that are willing to offer up the wisdom they've gained along the way.

      Two Forks – we have tried to post about this (see examples in divorce and infertility posts), and we'll continue to do so, so keep coming back. Anon is right, that really is what this blog is all about.

    • danny March 4, 2012 at 6:49 am - Reply

      Oh, or you can check out some of the following guest posts –

      I Choose Hope
      Writing A New Normal
      Relentless Pursuer of Hope

      You'll notice some consistent themes in each of these – one of them is the realization that though you often can't choose your circumstance, you can choose how you respond to it. The attitude you embrace in the circumstance changes the way you experience it. Good luck!

  5. two forks March 5, 2012 at 5:00 am - Reply

    thanks for this! i have really enjoyed reading your blog.

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