November Book Of The Month

This month’s Books To Live By choice highlights our November membership program theme — The Courage To Tell Your Story.

With Thanksgiving coming and the publication of powerful stories in Women on Fire book, Volume 2 only weeks away, our recommended book this month weaves together gratitude and collective storytelling.

From the creator of Story Corps, the popular radio project often heard on NPR, this book features vignettes of what it means to be grateful, to be in love with your life, and to be brave enough to share your story with others.


Our November selection is….

Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of Story Corps (amazon link) by Dave Isay

Story Corps is an oral history project started by Dave Isay to provide the opportunity for people of all backgrounds and ages to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. Since its start, Story Corps has recorded more than 45,000 interviews with 90,000 people.

Ties That Bind is a collection of conversations from those recordings that will introduce you to a variety of everyday people who have faced incredible odds, lived through unspeakable acts, and stand to tell the tale of how they have survived and healed.

What I loved most about this book is the reaffirmation of just how freeing it is to tell your own truth. The vulnerability of each contributor is deeply moving and the book will touch your heart.

Ties That Bind is a perfect gift and a great read for your entire family over the holidays. It’s the kind of book you pass around the table to share a favorite story — or 10 in it!

Hope you get a chance to read it and, as always, let me know your thoughts when you do.

Links That Light Us Up

4th Edition

We are back again with more amazing links to share. Thank you all for your wonderful responses to our earlier three editions!

We are THRILLED that you apparently love the links we love, too.  Be sure to send your favorite links, and we’ll share with everyone.

OK, here we go …

The latest links that light us up:

Best Bling– These Kendra Scott earrings have us swooning! And, they come in every color imaginable.

Kendra Scott earrings[pinit]

Best Snack- We’ve never met anyone who would turn down a potato chip — especially a BBQ sweet potato chip. Jessica from How Sweet It Is will show you how to make these homemade beauties.

BBQ sweet potato chips via How Sweet It Is[pinit]

Best Experiment– Have you heard of ‘Email Bankruptcy‘ yet?  We certainly hadn’t until we read this article. The idea is that you delete your entire inbox to start fresh, to allow the important emails to flood through again, and to regain your sanity. We aren’t brave enough to try it over here but maybe you are. Let us know!

Email Bankruptcy via Levo League[pinit]

Best Summer Sounds– What could be better than a curated playlist of the TOP summer songs since 1962? NPR already did the work. All you have to do is press play!

NPR music- Songs of Summer Playlist[pinit]

Best Place to Take a Dip– Looks like paradise right? Here’s 23 more unreal pools that we wish we were floating in!

24 pools you need to jump into via Travelrew[pinit]

Best Celebrity Moment- So we already loved Kristen Bell, but after seeing this we love her even more. Who knew sloths could be so cute!?

Best To-Do List– As if you didn’t already have enough on your to-do list– Here’s 101 revolutionary ways to be healthy. #53, #92 and #101 are really speaking to us.

101 revolutionary ways to be healthy[pinit]

Best Secret Skill– Ever buy flowers from the grocery store and realize that they don’t look as good in the vase as you thought they were going to? Yeah, that would be us, too. But never fear! Erin from House of Earnest has put together a wonderful how-to for simple flower arranging.

DIY flower arranging- House of Earnest[pinit]

Best 2-Bite Treats- Who says you can’t make ice cream sandwiches out of Ritz Crackers? Joy The Baker shows you how to make these insanely delicious, bite-size buddies.

Ritz Cracker Ice Cream Sandwhiches via Joy The Baker[pinit]

Best Tool For the Future- So we really love this idea. Now you can take those life lessons you just learned, write them down and send them to yourself. So, in a year from now when you find yourself in the same spot you’ll know that everything will work out just fine.

Write a letter to your future self via ohlife[pinit]

We hope you love these links as much as we do! As always let us know what you liked and what’s lighting you up on the Internet, too!


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