Happy Links: From Maps to Magazines

by Tammy Strobel on August 28, 2014

smoky skys{Every week, I publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy!}

Over the last month, the smoke from the wildfires has been intense. I’m ready for the smoke, the fires, and the California drought to be gone. I’m trying to stay positive, but the smoky weather has been a major downer. To cope with the bad weather, I’ve been reading lots of articles, books, and maps.

Below is a selection of my favorite reads:

I bought a couple trail maps from the Pacific Crest Trail Association last week. If the smoke clears, Logan and I want to do a few day hikes on the PCT.

Currently, I’m reading “Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail.”

Two powerful podcasts: “Yoga, Meditation in Action” / “The Alchemy of Pilgrimage.”

Smarts from Sandra.

I enjoyed this piece, “Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings.”

A fascinating read about activism and charity.

The latest Tiny House Magazine is out! More here.

What are you reading? Share your good reads in the comments section.

Be well,

1 Asa August 28, 2014

I love hiking memoirs, so I’ll have to check out Almost Somewhere. I recently read Walden on Wheels by Ken Ilgunas about living in his van while going to graduate school. It’s actually less about his “van life” than it is about his obsession with staying out of debt.

2 Holly August 28, 2014

I am interested in hiking some long trails one day. Thanks for the Almost Somewhere recommendation. I loved the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Currently I am reading Igniting Your Life: Pathways to the zenith of health and success by John McCabe. Its very different from other self-help/health/success books I have read because McCabe collected tons of quotes from famous individuals to people in his life and uses these to highlight his discussion. Its about intentional living and being a gatekeeper to what we are exposed to and the difference between “expecting” and “experiencing”, among other topics. Thought engaging read.

3 Luke Martone August 29, 2014

Thanks, Tammy. I’m eager to check out these resources you linked to!

4 Cynthia Dunlavy August 29, 2014

So sorry to hear the wildfires have not let up; hopefully it will start to improve soon and you’ll be able to go on your hikes! Love this week’s links, thanks for sharing :)

Currently I’m reading “The Painted Girls” by Cathy Marie Buchanan, and “All Natural” by Nathanael Johnson.

5 Deborah August 29, 2014

I’m reading Consolations of the Forest about a French man (Sylvain Tesson), who lived alone in a hut in Siberia for 6 months to find out if he had an inner life. Here’s a brief quote so you get the flavour of it:

“It’s funny: you decide to live in a cabin and envision yourself smoking a cigar under the open sky, lost in meditation…and you wind up checking off items on supply lists like an army quartermaster. Life comes down to grocery shopping.”

Written diary style, it’s funny, engaging and thoughtful – and that’s just his February chapter!

6 Deborah August 29, 2014

Hi Tammy

Just watched this on Vimeo and thought you might like it – it’s the x-.Ray view of someone doing yoga. Strangely beautiful! http://vimeo.com/81836814

7 Linda September 1, 2014

Just finished “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed because you mentioned it in your writing, and “Without Reservations” by Alice Steinbach which is my September book discussion read.. Each written by an independent female author, dealing with family grief issues, travelling alone. . . Very interesting juxtaposition.

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