Mondays at The Variegated Life: favorite links.
Several Mondays have come and gone since my last links post, so I’m sharing a few more than three links today. In no particular order …
At Ktmade, Katie shares what she learned about blogging when she quit blogging:
My blog is here because I enjoy writing and taking photos and sharing. That’s it. If I don’t enjoy it, then what’s the point?
At once I feel better—short hair feels authentic and comfortable and I’m happy to have a bracelet around my wrist rather than an elastic hair holder—and worse. I’m not going to be a pixie or a hip girl or Dame Judi or some cool middle-aged indie rocker gal. I’m just going to be plain old me. It’s like I was waiting for the possibility of something—or maybe someone—else. I am plain old me. And as plain old me, I realize I have to shirk labels and figure out how to feel good about the gal in the mirror.
Don’t fail through defects of temper and over-sensitiveness at moments of trial. One of the great helps to success is to be cheerful; to go to work with a full sense of life; to be determined to put hindrances out of the way; to prevail over them and to get the mastery. Above all things else, be cheerful; there is no beatitude for the despairing.
Via a long-time-ago colleague, at the New York Times, the garden in winter:
We cry that the earth is draggy, the garden defunct. But as usual we’re actually whimpering about ourselves.
Oh yes, I’m guilty of such whimpering!
And, at Mama Non Grata, Susan celebrates the old ladies at the gym. I cried.