Link love (Powered by dry coughs and underachievement)

Last weekend T and I went for a morning jaunt to a local beach. Not the white sandy variety; not even the black sand, pounding surf variety. The kind that’s rocky and kind of barren; where joggers frantically chase their dog around in an attempt to get it back on its leash, yelling “Hunter! Hunter!” fruitlessly and smiling at onlookers with a mix of frazzlement, humour and that ‘what can you do?’ expression; where it smells salty and bits of broken bottles lie amongst the mossy pebbles and there are faint whiffs of sewage – in other words, the kind of beach we both grew up close to.

He found a sole coconut and cracked it open.

I snapped a million shots of the greened-over rocks, enthralled by the texture.

It’s the little things, I tell ya.

Alrighty, to the links!

So, Michelle Obama, huh? Among my daily reads are Slate, Salon and The Atlantic, and Slate killed it with this piece analysing her stupendous speech and just why it was so powerful. And apparently it was written at a 12th grade level, which is much higher than speechwriters generally aim for. The Obamas give me chills. That is all.

I also enjoyed this Freshly Pressed post from Bea Magazine about Patricia Heaton (Debra from Everybody Loves Raymond, and also The Middle) and its take on the meaning of feminism (something I also struggle with, although it sounds like Diane and I share identical personal views on the subject).

This brought me to tears. Here is a beautiful ode to love and taking chances from Hannah Katy.

I am not sure I would have survived in the pre-internet days, to be honest. Kelly Abroad explains how her iPhone makes life as a traveller easier.

Some of us quite like working for a company. Julie Clow is one, and at Life After College, explains how to make the most of it.

Finally, Jonathan Fields argues that success, if guaranteed, is hollow. (How does that saying go – what would you do if you knew you could not fail? But is certain success truly success?) He writes: “The only way for success to be guaranteed in advance is to do something that’s so devoid of meaning and so stripped of creativity and innovation that even though you may be 100% capable of success, it’s not really success any more. It becomes an empty victory. Nobody will care, including you.”

4 thoughts on “Link love (Powered by dry coughs and underachievement)

  • Reply kellyabroad September 8, 2012 at 13:03

    Nice to see another Aucklander on here 🙂

  • Reply Miss T (@prairieecothrif) September 8, 2012 at 17:13

    Those are cool moss pictures. My hubby loves stuff like that. I think we might build a pond and try to grow some.

  • Reply MutantSupermodel September 11, 2012 at 04:35

    You finally prompted me to listen to her speech. Wow. I’m with you, they give me chills too. I love them.

  • Reply Paige September 15, 2012 at 00:58

    A fellow slate reader! If you haven’t already, I’d highly recommend giving the podcasts a try. It took me a few weeks to get into them, but they’re excellent.

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