Personal Musings / Editors’ Picks Filter
  1. The Internet Made Me Hate My Notebook (But I Fixed It. We’re Good Now.)

    K.C. Wise tries different notebooks, from various Moleskines to a Bullet Journal to a SELF Journal — then back again to a Moleskine: “. . . my relationship with the Moleskine notebook started very simply. Girl meets simple black notebook and falls in love.”

    Inspiration
    Image by <a href="https://blackbunchedmassmom.com/2018/01/09/the-internet-made-me-hate-my-notebook-but-i-fixed-it-were-good-now/"Black. Bunched. Mass. Mom.
  2. Depression is a Loaded Gun

    Derek Powazek comes to terms with his lifelong companion, depression: “I cannot keep doing the things I always have done. I can’t let depression define me, I can’t fight it, I can’t pretend it away. I have choose to do something else.”

    Jetpack
  3. I feel it in my bones.

    “An old wives’ tale. You can’t predict the weather with bones, I’d say. But my skeleton says other things. I take two aspirin and get back into bed. My head is too full of clouds. My face burns and my hands hold a fever that cracks like firewood.”

    Mental Health
    Image by Praveen (CC BY 2.0)
  4. Should You Write Every Day? A Close Look at the Oldest Piece of Writing Advice

    Nathaniel Tower is a writer with a family and a full-time job — and his position on whether or not a daily writing habit is crucial has become more nuanced over time.

    Authors
  5. Fantasy (along with its twin sibling, science fiction), is the conceptual test ground for the world we are in the process of constructing, and what that world is like will be ultimately determined by what we find it possible to imagine and what will remain literally unimaginable.

    Personal Musings
  6. The Death Project

    Susan Briscoe’s blog documents her life with advanced terminal cancer, and focuses on her belief that “it’s important to talk about death and dying in this society that tries so hard to avoid it.”

    Culture
  7. haiku.blog

    Web developer Ben Dwyer has published a new haiku every day since March, 2015 — more than 1,000 days. Visit his archives at haiku.blog, where his march towards 2,000 haiku is already underway.

    Inspiration
  8. A journey through severe depression

    “My children grew despite my hollowness.  They smiled and ate; played and worked.  I wonder if they saw me pretending to live or if they were fooled by me too.  Lola, the masterful charlatan.”

    Mental Health
  9. On Chernobyl: “These babushkas survived Stalin and the Nazis…How can they be expected to fear something neither male nor foreign, that does not even have feral teeth, but whose only crime is that it breathes and disappears into the same air.”

    Commentary
  10. “As for me? Childless lonely old spinster me? I got an education and a bunch of dear friends. I got over the notion that women were different from me just because they had kids. I got my heart and my mind opened. And despite my odd quirky weirdness, I got loved.”

    Personal Musings
  11. This is my rock and roll love letter to you.

    Veteran blogger Angela has been writing Fluid Pudding since 2001. The warm, witty voice that has kept fans reading for almost 17 years is in full effect in this ode to her recently-demolished childhood home.

    Family
  12. “My mom wasn’t someone who lived for 60 years with cystic fibrosis. She was just someone who lived.”

    Motherhood
  13. Exploring Colour

    A cross between a photography blog and a nature and gardening blog, Exploring Colour is where Liz, a New Zealand-based blogger, explores her passion for colorful textures and shares thoughts on beauty and art.

    Landscape
  14. “The poor kid can’t figure out why he is unable to waltz beneath the dinner table. He can see his hands, his feet, his belly, even his junior if he sucks in, but what he can’t see is that ever-so-stealthy forehead that perches on top like a frightened cat.”

    Inspiration
  15. From a tribute to Roy Halladay: “When my teammates made a big play behind me or I made a big strikeout, I didn’t stand there celebrating. I didn’t scream. […] I didn’t jump around. Halladay didn’t, so I wouldn’t.”

    Current Events