29 Jun Friyays: June 29
Helllllllllloooooo everyone! (I hope you heard that in the Mrs. Doubtfire voice, right after she puts the whipped cream on her face, for that is how I intended it.) Happy end of June! How is 2018 half-way over? The days are long, but the months are short, for it has both crawled and flown for me. This week’s focus for Friyays is joy. I’ve been thinking and writing a bit how joy and hope are disciplines, and I’m trying to cultivate both. So – some of these are the fruits of that labor.
Journey to the Past
Dr. Hinson and I loooooooove the movie and musical versions of Anastasia and this recording of the screen and stage Anastasias singing one of the seminal numbers has been played on my phone a fairly embarrassing number of times this week. I also love the lyrics to this song a whole ton and they fit well with my theme. “Heart don’t fail me now, courage don’t desert me…”
Primo Dog Content
NPR’s Linda Holmes recently rescued a dog and decided to share her joy with all of us through the Instagram feed “Primo Dog Content“. If you like giggling, adorable puppies, and have an Instagram account – I can’t recommend this highly enough. (Also, do you follow us on IG?! We’re fun too!)
Ghana’s DJ Switch
This 10-year-old from Ghana is a superstar in her country, and chose her name because she “wants to switch up people’s happiness”. One of her tracks is included in this link and I find both her and it delightful.
Julia Quinn’s Just Like Heaven
I am a huge fan of reading (clearly) and romance is one of my go-to subgenres. This week I have found myself in need of some comfort reads – and that’s when I do a re-read of a beloved favorite. This week’s choice is the Smythe-Smith quartet by Julia Quinn, which kicks off with Just Like Heaven.
Honoria Smythe-Smith and Marcus Holroyd have been friends forever – or, rather, Marcus is Honoria’s brother’s best friend and Honoria was… around as little sisters are wont to be. We enter their lives when Honoria is putting a plan in action to get married, and Marcus bungles it. Quinn’s wit is some of the best in the business and if you have any inclination for books that include the English regency and witty banter, please pick this one up.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
I am HERE for Netflix giving us delightful romcoms, and this one is based on one of my favorite YA reads of the last decade. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a charming and grounded tale of adolescent angst, finding yourself, and learning what love really means. It’s also a helluva lotta fun.