Links I Love


Here is where I will share a few links of podcast episodes, blog posts, websites, TED talks, new books, etc. that I favorite each week. Refresh your imagination and fill up your inspiration tank.

What can I say about these past two weeks except “I NEED A VACATION!!!” OK, deep breath and moving on…Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas! I plan to enjoy the day out away from kids and chores, and not being a taxi service. Alan and I are going to take a picnic lunch (he’s making me sushi!) with us and stop at a few wineries for tastings and to enjoy the views of whatever lakes we end up at.

So, what have I found interesting and inspiring this week? Several great podcast episodes, plus one new-to-me podcast.

First, here is a podcast that I love because it gives me ideas and inspiration for my self-care and home decor Etsy shop and local business, Delicata House. Etsy Success Podcast features a different successful Etsy shop owner each episode who presents solutions and ideas and shares her or his own story.

One of my favorite episodes from a few months back featured the owner of Betsy Farmer Designs, a jewelry shop, sharing her tips on excellent customer service. Check it out on SoundCloud or iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Second, Anne Bogel had a super fun episode of What Should I Read Next where she interviewed a young woman from New Zealand who now lives in Bath in the UK. Since I want to visit both New Zealand and the UK, I was thoroughly absorbed in their conversation. And the books they discussed had me breaking my “read ten, buy one” rule and adding to my TBR list.



Third, also through Anne Bogel’s podcast, I was introduced to another podcast which I am thrilled to have connected to. It’s called Reading Women and the two young women who host it are committed to interviewing authors who are women and discussing books written by women. One of the latest episodes is an interview with Chibundu Onuzo, author of Welcome to Lagos: A Novel. This was a fascinating, intelligent, and upbeat conversation that left me wondering why I haven’t already read this novel and the others she’s written. (Sad fact: I hadn’t heard of her until now. Happy fact: the whole reason this podcast exists.) I’m now in the middle of the episode with Maggie O’ Farrell, author of I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death and This Must Be the Place: A novel which I’m loving as well.

And, finally, since my last post focused on inspiration, it’s a subject that is staying with me this week, so here is a post on living inspired on Medium. Look for the great Jack London quote about not waiting to be inspired.

OK, cheers to the weekend and to all the mothers in our world!


Links I Love

Here is where I will share a few links of podcast episodes, blog posts, websites, TED talks, new books, etc. that I favorite each week. Refresh your imagination and fill up your inspiration tank. Happy weekend!


Srini Rao’s The Unmistakable Creative Podcast is definitely on the top of my new favorites. (It’s not a new podcast, but one I just started listening to.) I’ve been inspired to think differently and encouraged on my nontraditional path of living creatively.

The first one I listened to is with Michael Ellsberg, author of The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won’t Learn in College About How to Be Successful and The Last Safe Investment: Spending Now to Increase Your True Wealth Forever, both which I ordered second-hand copies of as soon as I finished listening. Spending Now to Increase Your True Wealth Forever isn’t really about spending, but it is about investing, about taking a risk and being willing to live differently in order to have a meaningful life. I sent this one to my son, an Uber-creative person in the hope that he listens too.

The second one is with Kate Swoboda: The Courage Habit. She is the author of a book by that title as well as a life coach who has a training program for other life coaches. In this podcast, Kate talks with Srini about facing our fears and acknowledging they exist, but not letting them run our lives. You need to hear this! I can’t wait to read her book.

In honor of National Poetry Day, here are two blogs that are pure poetry: is poetry blog from a fellow WordPresser. I’m so glad I found it! This poem is a lovely pick.

David Whyte just released a new collection of poetry: The Bell and the BlackbirdI can’t wait until my copy arrives! Also, view David’s TED talk here.

And lastly, two posts on the importance of poetry: Why Poetry is Necessary by Elizabeth Alexander and How Poetry Can Change Lives by John Burnside.


Links I Love



Happy Saturday! This is the day when I share my sources of inspiration from the week.

In This is post 7,000, Seth Godin shared about blogging consistently, no matter what, day in and day out for decades! What can I say? This man kicks me in the pants nearly every day, pulls me out of my tailspin and generally helps me get my head back in the game with every single post. Because he has chosen to be faithful to write and I wake up to his words in my inbox each morning. He is a bit like an angel in the Bible, arriving with the greeting, “Fear not!” Don’t we need those words, people? No matter what we do for a living, we need to hear them. And if we are using our creativity to make a living, we can feel like we are drowning in fear. Then Seth comes along with his words and puts courage back into my quailing heart and mad mind. Oh, yeah, I can do this and I will.

On Being had this post about busyness being a thief of intimacy. It’ll stop you in your busy tracks, make you turn off your phone or close your laptop and look into the eyes of your loved one and really see them.

I felt validated about my own need to keep my surroundings neat and organized when I read this post.

Sarah Bakes Gluten Free has a gluten free vegan mocha cream pie that I am definitely making for dessert this Thanksgiving. Yum!!!

And, for the men in your life, Anne Bogel over at Modern Mrs Darcy has some great gift ideas.

Speaking of men, Michelle Obama says you need friends. We all do, of course. And it gets harder to make and keep good friends as we get older, but we need to invest in friendships. Don’t give up! You need others and they need you!

My friend Laurie and I.

Have a great Saturday, everyone!

Links I Love



Following in the footstep of other bloggers, I am sharing a collections of blog posts and articles from around the web that encouraged or inspired me this week.

Here is an article from Poets & Writers Magazine that lists fifty literary magazines and small presses that have no fee for submissions. This makes me happy! Here are fifty free chances to be published somewhere!

Seth Godin tells us to stop worrying so much about Google and SEO and do important, unpredictable work in his post Machine Unreadable.

Food and Wine have 20 Curry Recipes on their website. Some are pure meat and some contain meat, but some are vegetarian or pescatarian. And I certainly know how to adapt recipes.

Modern Mrs Darcy educates us on book awards we may not be aware of. She also talks about time management in this post and mentions using Eisenhower boxes which I first saw in Stephen Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, but never knew that’s what they were called.

The recipe for raspberry almond crumb bars on Sarah Bakes Gluten Free makes me want to try it!

My favorite podcast episodes: Just the Right Book podcast episode  about a heroic true story in Nazi-occupied Paris and Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love podcast episode with the author of the Against all Grain cookbook.


Happy weekend adventures to all!