New Things I Learned This Week

19th December 2014

Photograph by Elliott Erwitt

• I read an article that mentions anhedonia. It means living in the absence of pleasure or desire, an affliction sometimes related to depression.

• Have you seen these One Clique mix-and-match heels? You can pair a shoe upper with several shoe bases in their collection. They’re currently sold out.

• November’s O Magazine had a section on what to do when you have ailing or dying parents. I’ve been mulling two parts of Martha Beck’s “You’re Doing Fine:

Consider traditional Tibetan culture, in which children are encouraged to ponder their own demise, where the word for body can be translated as “something you leave behind,” and where revered teachers like Gyalse Rinpoche advise, “If you have got to think about something, make it the uncertainty of the hour of your death.” Does that upset you? Then you’re at war with one of the few certainties in life.

and also

When a friend of mine was dying, she said something I’ll never forget. “Guilt is useless,” she began. “If you did something wrong, let it go. If there’s something you’re doing wrong now, do better. If you can’t do better, forgive yourself.”

2 thoughts on “New Things I Learned This Week

  1. Patti

    New things I don’t understand this week or any other week:

    How bloggers can post massive quantities of information about Ferguson (never posted about issues like this in the past and certainly not in the present) and then drop the story and post about tinsel and hair- dos. I guess other equally horrific stories don’t deserve the same amount of attention.

    Please help out Baby Bou Bou……..

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