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Welcome to the Goddam Ice Cube, by Blair Braverman - Combine dogs, dogsledding, and a central character learning how to work with and do both. This is a very enjoyable read.

I'm not sure how I stumbled on Blair's twitter feed but, it's currently my favorite follow on that site. I think it's the stories about the dogs' personalities and quirks that get me.

There was a span in my pre-teens when I was obsessed with Jack London's books (and the movie The Journey of Natty Gan). I think that Blair's stories, and the life that she shares with us, taps into that for me.

In Defense of Schadenfreude - My vindictive self loves this post, at Longreads.


My 600-lb Life, S7 E6 - It's not a "mind-blowing" revelation but, I am always fascinated by these types of shows because it is hard for me to imagine what life is like for them. I process the shows (perhaps oversimplifying with my limited psych 101) believing that their physical weight is a direct reflection of the emotional/mental weight they carry. And even though we only get an "edited for TV drama" version, I find it eye-opening to see what they are going through. I don't watch this show regularly (just on occasion when there really isn't anything else I want to watch). Lacey's story was captivating for me.


Death, Sex & Money's episode with Nikki Giovanni - There are a lot of smart, insightful people out there. I always love discovering them through others. This episode is a prime example. Nikki Giovanni's insight and outlook on life is wonderful.

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