Summer is here and that means it’s time for me to bring fresh ideas to this site. A new series called Inspiring Reads starts this weekend and will continue every Friday. The idea is to give you some weekend (or weekday) reading that will inspire you. These links may move you with beautiful writing, evocative photography, inspiring work, or reporting on an issue that needs our attention.
Why? First, I had a blast indulging myself in Napa last week but then returned to reality and my constant dilemma of wanting to help more but not really knowing how to turn it into action with my plate already being so full. I then read an article in Newsweek (see below) that really stuck with me. It reminded me of how much the world needs every one of us, and one little step I’m taking is adding this series. Second, I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of interesting, creative, important work on the Internet, which naturally leads me to want to share some of it with you.
Pursuing a dream: Travel can seem self-indulgent, but Diana of d travels ’round writes about responsible tourism and is soon moving to Thailand to follow her dream of helping elephants. I look forward to following this new chapter in her life. In this post, she talks beautifully about how hard it has been for her to come to terms with her decision to move abroad.
Photographing the world: If you don’t know Emiel of Act of Traveling, I suggest you check him out. His unconventional, philosophical perspective and eye for detail inspire me. I think you will love the photographs in his “7 Super Shots” post.
The sorrow in the seas: This article in Newsweek about the state of the oceans and what the future may hold is something everyone should read. And then we need to take action: buy fish wisely and spread the word.
Exploring what it means to be human: Raam Dev helps us consider the meaning of our existence in his writing, which takes various forms, in what he calls thoughts,essays, notes, and journal (and quotes on his Facebook page). His message and lifestyle are pure and powerful.
I hope you enjoy this new series and feel inspired to share some of these links. I’d love to hear from you, so let me know what you enjoyed and if there is something you’d like to see more of!