Questioning: the theme of March
A common thread of questioning emerged when I looked back at March.
Then, just as importantly, know what you don’t need to question. Find the things you can rely on that can serve as guideposts when you’re questioning everything else.
Right now, I’m relying on the important relationships in my life, a sense of purpose with my work, and the knowledge that it’s always worth reading poetry (even if you’re a marketer. Especially if you’re a marketer.)
I wrote an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen on the myth of youth apathy.
My essay on spiritual and geographic confusion upon returning to North America from Cambodia appeared in The Rumpus.
Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts was published and is available on Amazon and in discerning bookstores near you. My essay “Opening and Closing” begins on page 150.
I visited Ratanakkiri, Cambodia two years ago and only learned of an ethnic minority’s tradition of teen ‘love huts’ this week, when reading this Broadly article.
If you’ve used Slack, you know the human, relatable language of its copy is part of the enjoyment of using it. This interview with its editorial director is an excellent primer on finding your own editorial soul.
I continue to read Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem, an excellent collection of essays that shine nearly 50 years after they were first published.
Read this excerpt from "7000 Romaine, Los Angeles 38", an essay about Howard Hughes, and tell me there isn’t something that rings true about a certain presidential candidate we’re alternately fascinated and horrified by:
“Why have we made a folk hero of a man who is the antithesis of all our official heroes, a haunted millionaire out of the West, trailing a legend of desperation and power and white sneakers? But then we have always done that. Our favorite people and our favorite stories become so not by any inherent virtue, but because they illustrate something deep in the grain, something unadmitted….
“That we have made a hero of Howard Hughes tells us something interesting about ourselves, something only dimly remembered, tell us that the secret point of money and power in America is neither the things that money can buy nor power for power’s sake… but absolute personal freedom, mobility, privacy.”
Early this month, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Hacking Health announced a really cool partnership to answer the question: how can technological innovation improve healthcare? I’m excited to go to their next events; they’re going to be really interesting.
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What have you been questioning this month? Leave a comment below.