Once a month, I round up some of the inspiring, intriguing and interesting things that I’ve read and written recently and share them all with you.
- I’ve mention that Parkinson’s Disease is something my family has close experience with, so I was interested to see Michael J. Fox interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning. The interviewer was very focused on finding a “cure,” whereas MJF talked about using a combination of therapies to make the disease more livable and less degenerative. Watching him 25 years post-diagnosis and still very functional (as compared to my personal experience), I am most curious about the therapies he has access to and wish that all PD patients had that support.
- The One Room Challenge is happening again, and again I’m loving following all of the makeovers. Updates are posted Wednesdays and Thursdays at Calling it Home with the final reveals coming Nov. 15.
- Chris Love Julia dove into Instagram on their podcast last week, and shared a lot of insights about engagement, metrics, how to track and what are good numbers. Good tips for bloggers or companies.
- Common advice for wannabe bloggers is have a specific niche and find your own voice. I recently was introduced to Thug Kitchen. Healthy vegan cooking with an abusive potty mouth? That’s pretty specific. But it’s working for them–and the recipes are yummy.
- I love sports autobiographies, and I recently started reading Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My Return to the NFL by Tedy Bruschi. My family is going through our own health scare right now, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle the whole book, but so far it’s encouraging and what I need right now. I love how books can help with tough situations.
My writing elsewhere:
- It may have taken a year and a half, but the final element of our guest room–a much-loved vintage metal bedframe–is now in place. I shared how I stripped years and layers of paint, and gave this bed yet another new life.
- How to prune raspberries
- Hatching monarch butterflies
- Fall home maintenance checklist
- What does it mean when my dog’s hackles are up?
- Who is your dog’s nemesis? (mine cannot stand turkey vultures)