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My past week has been filled with thoughtful and impactful reads around the internet. Here’s a few:

Don’t miss this 3-part series on rising from poverty in the Star Tribune.

Powerful reflections on friendship and the end of life…which led me to beautiful writing collections on growing older.

Parker Palmer’s moving essay: On the Brink of Everything.

From an interview with jounalist Dan Rather about his unexpected success on Facebook at age 85: “I want to be a great journalist. That’s what I set out to do. That is my North Star. It’s true, I’ve been a lot of places and done a lot of things. But I’m still trying, still fighting, still striving to be a great reporter. I know in my heart of hearts that I’ve never been as good as I ought to be, or as good as I should’ve been. But that’s what drives me: trying to be a great journalist. One of the reasons I got into journalism was that I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. I wanted to contribute in some small, wee, microscopic way. Fortunately, I still have my health—who knows for how long—because I still want to contribute. I want the work to matter.”

Anne Lamott’s lovely piece on Facebook from last week.

I appreciated this NYT article about the role of reading in President Obama’s life and work.

I participated in Laura Vanderkam’s 7-day time tracking challenge last week. It was enlightening and I plan to continue, though her daily life logs are a bit busier than mine! I find reminders that time passes–whether we choose to fill it or not–helpful as I sometimes need a little push to make plans and get out of the house. It’s interesting moving from the baby years–when everything centers around home–to the elementary years filled with activities. Yet I see the value of having busy, tired kids…

Frugality, Freedom and Peace.

More than 250,000 civil rights supporters in Washington.

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