Thoroughly Thursday - the "Thank You 2017" Edition
Oh, what a year it has been. Remember those halcyon days of 2014? Yeah, neither can I. I still feel like this year was when every day felt like there was something new to witness, comprehend and debate. There were so many challenges this year but also so many amazing experiences. For me, 2017 was also the year I started Thoroughly Thursday and I'm profoundly grateful to have the opportunity to share and learn with all of you. Thank you for being a part of the TT community and I wish you the best for the year to come. :)
What I'm Writing - My Non-Goal Resolutions for 2018 -
For years and years, I have created annual goals. I have followed various productivity models, aspirational individuals, and often overly-elaborate strategic plans. I won't say they didn't work, but often, I found that my annual goal success was almost entirely arbitrary. So this year, I don't actually have any goals. Instead, I'm keeping a handful of thoughts in mind:
What I'm Reading – Weight Loss the French/Tibetan Buddhist Way
One item that isn't in my non-goals is to lose weight, though I've been thinking a lot about my eating habits. I read two interesting books about eating: the first is "Why French Women Don't Get Fat" by Merielle Giuliano; and then the novella "Rinpoche's Remarkable Ten-Week Weight Loss Clinic" by Roland Merullo (which is actually part of the "Breakfast with the Buddha" series, which I love). Neither is very scientific but their approach is basically the same:
What I'm Reading (Article) - LaLaLaLa - I Can't Hear You!
I learned of this article from David Plotz of Atlas Obscura. Umair Haque, writer and thinker wrote a compelling piece called "What Do You Call a World That Can't Learn From Itself". Haque, based in both London and New York, talks about America's unrelenting belief in its exceptionalism, even when aspects of our lives are worse than those in other countries. The tragedy is not that our system has flaws (since every system does), but that (by-in-large) American politicians are often allergic to looking at solutions that work in other countries.
What I'm Watching - Churchills All the Way Down
This last week, I got to see the Winston Churchill biopic "Darkest Hour" which chronicled the turbulent first days of as Prime Minister. Mythical in his achievements, his work ethic, and his idiosyncrasies, he was also a deeply controversial figure who has been compared to a certain current world leader, though many would disagree. It seems that portraying Churchill is a touchstone for any established portly English actor (and one American), partly because of his history, but also because he led much of his life like an actor. As expected, Gary Oldman did a fantastic job conveying the pride and charisma of the Last Lion. However, I've never spent 20 minutes after a film talking about an actor's makeup before, as Oldman disappears both in performance and person in his Winston Churchill suit.