Recharge by Detaching, Resting and Relaxing

December 2018

Recommendations for What to Read, Watch and Listen to

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My self-imposed, upcoming blackout from news, social media and work, otherwise known as a holiday break, promises to be filled with reading, watching and listening for pure pleasure … along with plenty of time to recharge and enjoy family and friends. Here’s a few of my recommendations for any winter season downtime.


NPR’s Book Concierge at Your Service

Wonder no more about what to read or gift by accessing NPR’s Book Concierge – A Guide to 2018’s Great Reads. In addition to this curated collection, you’ll appreciate the array of well-designed book covers popping with words and imagery that effortlessly translate concepts. This site also offers an impressive A+ user experience, along with book recommendations dating back to 2008.

A little elf tells me I will be receiving two of the good reads on this 2018 list very soon.

Link to NPR’s Book Concierge 


Mrs. Maisel Has Returned!

I’m one of countless fans of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—the powerhouse production that collected two Golden Globes and five Emmys. I can hardly wait for my daughter (and binge partner) to be home for the holidays, so that we can settle in for the newly released Season Two on Netflix. 

Season One dazzled viewers with its oh-so-clever dialogue, pace, 1950s sets and wardrobes. Based on a recent Esquire article, Season Two doesn’t disappoint as it follows actress Rachel Brosnahan’s character, aspiring comedian Midge, and her manager Susie, played by Alex Borstein, and a superb ensemble as they navigate opening new doors that shape their work and personal lives.

Link to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel official trailer 


Holiday Music to My Ears

Beyond the festive gatherings and corresponding with family and friends, the tradition of listening to holiday music is a favorite of mine. Access the diverse Smithsonian Folkways collection for 30-second samples of 56 holiday songs sourced from 24 nations on their site’s interactive map. Create a mindful moment for yourself by exploring the unique holiday sounds from other parts of the globe.

Sample the Smithsonian Folkways holiday songs

Happy holidays,

—Maureen Joyce