On Good Things: March and April 2019 Edition

Hello and welcome to another episode of Good Things! In today’s episode, we combine last month’s non-existent post with this month’s “I’m writing this in an hour on the train” post. Three cheers for brevity! Annnnnnnnd go!


I am 20 minutes away from finishing the audiobook of How to Be Here by Rob Bell. It’s billed as a book about how to create a life worth living, but I actually found it most helpful as a book about how to live a creative life—similar to The War of Art or Bird by Bird. If you are doing creative work, this is a worthwhile read.

I listened to How to Be Here in the span of a few hours thanks to Libby, the public library’s beautiful new app. It’s well designed, easy to use, and stocked with great titles.

Two weeks ago I missed my train home from NYC and spent the next three hours exploring midtown Manhattan while waiting for the next train. It was actually kind of perfect. I ate focaccia at Eataly and bought a fun mug (literally) from Fishs Eddy—two stops I would highly recommend if you, too, find yourself with a few hours in between trains.

Everybody really does love Samin Nosrat. (And if we haven’t already talked about Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, obviously that’s also a winner in the Good Things category, too.) This feature from April’s Bon Appetit is a joy from start to finish.

People who identify with their Enneagram number seem to have this reaction like they’ve never been known so well before. I still can’t figure out what my Enneagram number is, but I for sure had the “this is me!!!” moment after getting The Artist in Adobe’s Creative Types test. My friend Jodi passed it along yesterday and I found it to be SO spot on—which was actually a bit of a surprise, given how simple and relatively short the test is. Aside from being filled with helpful takeaways (including a folder of downloadable assets), the whole experience is filled with delightful moments. Here’s the actual test, a list of all the types, and this fun and informative making-of article.

Want to be low-grade resentful at all humans, including yourself, for ruining the earth? Great! Our Planet is here for that. It’s also incredibly beautiful, moving, and challenging in the best way.

This article from Mark Manson about the most important question of your life felt insightful and necessary. A snippet:

If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything.

A more interesting question, a question that perhaps you’ve never considered before, is what pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.

I’m not necessarily a fan of Taylor Swift’s music, but I thoroughly enjoyed her honest thoughts on 30 things she learned before turning 30.

Finally, because I’m 87, I’ve been watching Jeopardy as often as possible for the past two weeks to see James Holzhauer be legendary. It’s so much fun.


And DONE! With 8% battery left, 20 minutes to spare, and lots of Good Things shared. I’ll be back in better form soon, promise 🙂 And in the meantime, feel free to add your own Good Things to the list in the comments!

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