I was so going to write this post on time and then I decided last night that it would be much better to curl up in bed with Zara for just an hour or two…and then the next thing I knew, it was 8:30 in the morning — which means that for the first time in longer than I can remember, I actually got a 12 hour night’s rest. Not so wonderful for blogging but wonderful for my mental state. That extra boost of energy turned out to be especially helpful on this unexpectedly trying day — the highlight of which was when I forgot for about 10 or 15 minutes that I was filling the kitchen sink to wash dishes, and completely flooded the kitchen and laundry room. (On the upside, I now don’t have to mop the kitchen floors.) Anyway, that’s about enough complaining for today; now back to my finds of the week:
- Answering Harvard’s question about my personal life, 52 years later, Washington Post — a letter written in response to a 1961 letter from a Harvard admissions committee which said, “Our experience, even with brilliant students, has been that married women find it difficult to carry out worthwhile careers in planning, and hence tend to have some feeling of waste about the time and effort spent in professional education… Therefore, for your own benefit, and to aid us in coming to a final decision, could you kindly write us a page or two at your earliest convenience indicating specifically how you might plan to combine a professional life in city planning with your responsibilities to your husband and possible future family?” (hat tip Lisa Belkin)
- Assorted, Literary Mama — this one is by a dad about dropping his daughter off at summer camp (creative non-fiction). Love it.
- Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature, Flavor Wire — take a peek into the process of some of your favorite authors, from James Salter and Sylvia Plath to J.K. Rowling
- Stress is Not a Synonym for Depression, the broad side — a piece about the seriousness of teenage depression