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As I continually reevaluate these Friday postings, I bounce back and forth on what to call it. And, truly, what should be shared. These are the things that I find interesting which popped up in the past week. Not all of the things, but a few.

For instance, album sales have surpassed compact disc sales for the first time in 34 years. While that may seem like an anachronism in the modern age, it demonstrates a return to a more conscious listening of music, rather than passive.

Then there’s this author’s review of her $700 coffee-maker she recently bought. I actually enjoyed reading it, though for that price, I could think of a number of other things I could purchase instead. However, about ten years ago I had a one shot espresso maker made by Mr. Coffee. I think I got it at Target for $40. I used it every morning for about four years. There’s a slow, conscious effort in making coffee like that, similar to using a pour-over carafe, which is a really nice start to the day.

Also about coffee, the BBC Science Focus reported on a report about the benefits of the caffeine, including lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Darius Foroux, on his blog, shared a concept called Six Spokes Theory, suggesting that the good life if ample energy is applied to each of the six spokes: Body, Mind, Work, Love, Money, Play. This was reminiscent of something I read in Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way, which she called the Life Pie (Spirituality, Romance/Adventure, Friends, Work, Exercise, Play). There are other examples as well I’ve seen, taking different shapes and forms. The important thing is that, when there’s a massive imbalance in one, it can upset every aspect of your life.

And lastly, this week saw remembrances for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Two interesting pieces:

  • MASH alumni Alan Alda tweeted, “In the 70s I wrote a piece for MS. magazine on why men should support the ERA. A law professor fact-checked it and said, “Whoever wrote this seems to know nothing about constitutional law.” So, instead, I interviewed HER. She was brilliant. And kind. She was Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
  • Brain Pickings shared the writings of a 13 year-old RBG, commenting on the creation of the Charter of the United Nations. “No one can feel free from danger and destruction until the many torn threads of civilization are bound together again. We cannot feel safer until every nation, regardless of weapons or power, will meet together in good faith, the people worthy of mutual association.”

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