The Long Distance Librarian

musings on reading, running and recreation

Page 10: Make Your Bed

In May 2014 McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin with an inspiring and practical commencement speech. He shared his most ‘notable nuggets’ he learned during his Navy SEAL training that supported him through all aspects of his life.


Page 9: Wild & Girl in the Woods

Ever hear of the Pacific Crest Trail, more commonly referred to as the PCT? These two memoirs are written by two very different women who hiked the trail from Mexico to Canada.

Page 8: A Man Called Ove

Ove is a surly, recently widowed neighbor in a Swedish housing community. He takes a daily inspection of the neighborhood to ensure signage and rules are appropriately obeyed. Ove judges his neighbors by how well they follow the rules as well as by what type of car they drive.

Page 7: The Muralist & Eleanor and Hick: A Love Affair The Shaped a First Lady

After completing The Muralist I coincidentally read a review of Eleanor & Hick (great timing). I got my hands on it as soon as possible and quickly realized how well these two books paired.

Photo Op 1: CT Waterfalls

Nugget Sensei (my father) and I spent a photography day together. We geared up for a sunny day shooting the snow-covered waterfalls. The previous few days had been unseasonably warm so the falls were flowing fast.

Reel 3: Gleason

The film Gleason documents the life of Steve Gleason, a popular and successful safety for the New Orleans Saints, following his diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in 2011. Within weeks of his diagnosis Steve and his wife Michel learn they are pregnant. Initially the footage was taken to create a video journal for the Gleason’s son, Rivers, but evolved into an awareness-raising film.

Slope 1: Sugarloaf Mountain Resort – Maine

We planned a ski weekend last month with a few friends up at Sugarloaf in Maine (#theloaf) and we had a blast. The over four hour Friday night drive up to Carrabassett Valley was a challenge but well-worth the trip. Sugarloaf offers classic New England skiing and claims to have the most terrain east of the Rockie Mountains.

Reel 2: Life, Animated

This wonderfully different documentary tells the story of Owen Suskind, A.K.A Protector of Sidekicks, who is an admirable and amazing autistic young man. Life, Animated provides viewers a beautiful and inspiring coming-of-age story based on the book by Ron Suskind, Owen’s father.

Page 6: A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success

Biography or entrepreneurial business story? Well, it’s a bit of both. I was stumped on how to describe this book and finding the best way to convey it was a challenge. I was sharing my difficulty with my husband and as I was explaining, there it was, an ah-ha moment. Here it is...

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