Friday evening was spent at my mother-in-law’s cottage in Ystradgynlais, Wales. This fellow’s name is Basset. 

"Writing is not a serious business. It’s a joy! A celebration!"

An Evening with Ray Bradbury 2001 (by University of California Television (UCTV))

Exploring our new London Bridge neighborhood. It’s delightful how often we’ll turn a corner to discover a new street or alley with some strange collage of old and new. 

Slowing down time.

Phillip K Smith III: Lucid Stead (Joshua Tree, California 2013)

(Source: vimeo.com)

Paris time capsule. 
(via "Time Capsule" Apartment in Paris Found Untouched for 70 Years - My Modern Metropolis)

Paris time capsule. 

(via "Time Capsule" Apartment in Paris Found Untouched for 70 Years - My Modern Metropolis)

Living room window, dusk. I’m starting to feel like a vaguely understand the manual settings on my camera!
  • Panasonic DMC-GF2
  • Aperture: f/22
  • Exposure: 6"
  • Focal length: 14mm

Living room window, dusk. I’m starting to feel like a vaguely understand the manual settings on my camera!

Joan Didion:

“I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.” 

Today Jackie and I went for afternoon tea at the Tea Rooms in Stoke Newington. I love the ritual of British high tea: the cream and perfect squares of brown and white sugar for the tea, the china, the tiny sandwiches, little cakes and homemade jams and clotted cream. 

Clotted cream. :)

The Old Vic, London. 
  • Panasonic DMC-GF2
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Exposure: 1/15th
  • Focal length: 14mm

The Old Vic, London. 

2013

It’s been a big, fast, overwhelming, beautiful, joyful, sorrowful year. Looking back, I’ve done so much, read so much, been so many places. But it all feels like it went by in a blink. Happy New Year!

Places Visited

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Kauai, Hawaii

Phoenix, Arizona

Seattle, Washington

New York, New York

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mumbai, India

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Calgary, Canada

Regina, Canada

Ystradgynlais, Wales

Cardiff, Wales

Tel Aviv, Isreal

Budapest, Hungary

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Major Life Events

Visited the New York Times office

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Celebrated 3 years of marriage to my wonderful Dan

Gave a sweet, tiny senior dog named Chickie a home and fell in love with him

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Went on work-related research trip to Mumbai, India that blew my mind about all I have to learn about what my work means outside North America and Europe

Managed a team of content strategists at Facebook

Celebrated my 2 year anniversary since starting at Facebook

Went on a 1,600+ road trip with my husband from Palo Alto, California to Regina, Saskatchewan

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Moved back to London

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Conferences Attended

99 U

Confab

Handheld Conference

Articles I Starred on Readability

A Thin Line Between Mother and Daughter

Commencement speech by Anna Quinlan

George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year

Posthumous

Joy

A Writer’s Strange Route to Hollywood

Tina Fey’s Secret to Success: Say Yes

The Disciplined Pursuit of Yes

Why You Should Give Yourself Permission to Screw Up

The Old Man at Burning Man

The Rape of Petty Office Blumer

Interview Magazine: Lena Dunham

Nora Ephron’s Final Act

Susan Sontag’s Final Wish

Time Management Case Study: Busy Business People

Maybe You Should Read the Book: The Sheryl Sandberg Backlash

What Will You Create to Make the World Awesome

If You’re Busy, You’re Doing Something Wrong

Me and My Megacommute

The Joke’s on Louis C.K.

What Mad Men Says About Women

I Do Not Fear Death

Diving Deep Into Danger

Don’t Go Back to School (excerpt)

A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip

The Man Who Pierced the Sky

Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher: I Always Felt Sorry for Her Children

Jenna Lyons, The Woman Who Dresses America

Connie Picciotto has Kept Vigil at the White House for 32 Years. Why, and at What Cost?

Love and Madness in the Jungle

Why Did Jodon Romero Kill Himself on Live Television

'Star Trek's' Damon Lindelof on Brad Pitt, Having Power as a Writer and His Agony Over 'Lost'

Boob Job: Ricky Gervais’ GQ Interview

The Role of a Dictionary

In the End Was the Word and the Word Was the Sponsor’s

How a War Hero Became a Serial Bank Robber

All Hail the Queen

Lee Radziwill and Sophia Coppola on Protecting Privacy

Being a Sandpiper

Disruptions: Social Media Images Form a New Language Online

Jahar’s World

On Getting Drunk in Antarctica 

Interview with Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh

George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates

Slow Ideas

An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

Woody Allen: What I’ve Learned

This Man Moved to a Desert Island to Disappear. Here’s What Happened.

The Golden Suicides

Russell Brand and the GQ Awards: It’s Amazing How Absurd it Seems

An Interview with Chef Gabrielle Hamilton

Someone Just Stabbed that Man

Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

Marcella Hazan Changed My Life

And Then Steve Said: Let There Be An iPhone

Alice Munro: Bringing Life to Life

Laurie Anderson’s Farewell to Lou Reed

Slaves of the Internet, Unite


Books Read

The Ocean at the End of the Lane 

Dracula 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Ender’s Game

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light and Dark Chocolate

The Faraway Nearby

The Shining Girls

Tenth of Dec

I Lost My Love in Baghdad

Brain on Fire

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Arcadia

Beautiful Ruins