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If you missed May’s friendship question about how to know if a potential friend is into you, that it is here. To ask me an anonymous question, click HERE.

Darren Rowse at ProBlogger had a helpful post about why you should fix old posts on your blog and what kinds of fixes are worth makng.

Doctor Throne from Julian Fellows (of Downton Abbey fame) seems like my kind of show. I’m going to present this one to Bryan because I think we need a show to watch together. My Facebook friends have made tons of suggestions. TONS! (I love Facebook.) And I will be exploring some of those ideas to see if Bryan would enjoy them. He doesn’t like anything dumb, dark, or too one-sided politically. It can be a challenge to find something we both find entertaining.

LISTEN

My favorite new podcast for writers is #Amwriting with Jess & KJ. Each episode has been helpful and entertaining. Not sure how to listen to podcasts? I wrote a helpful post a few months ago with details.

James Corden and Alanis Morissette sang an updated version of “Ironic.” Funny!

My kids and I choreographed a dance to “Demons” by Imagine Dragons. I’m not posting the video here, but you can enjoy the song! We’re obsessed with it in the minivan these days.

READ

“The Spiritual Power of Embracing Uncertainty” by Rachel Barenblat in The Wisdom Daily really spoke to me. This overemphasis on certainty is so me: “I like certainty. I like feeling rooted. I like knowing where I’m going and what happens next. And I know that in all of those things, there’s danger — because it’s easy for certainty to become my idol, the thing I serve. And if I’m serving my need for certainty, my need to have the answers and to know what comes next, then I’m not the person I want to be.”

Couldn’t love this Washington Post story much more about a woman who accidentally hired an Orthodox rabbi for her father’s funeral.

Here’s my updated 2016 reading list.

At Great New Books there are excellent book recommendations one week at a time. (Updated every Wednesday.)

HAVE A GREAT WEEK EVERYONE! I’M EXCITED ABOUT A (BALLSY, IF I MAY SAY SO) ARTICLE I HAVE GOING UP ON KVELLER NEXT WEEK. STAY TUNED!


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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, a lead writing instructor at ModernWell in Minneapolis as well as ModernWell's book club director. She reviews 50 books a year on her blog, writes reviews for other sites, and has a friendship advice column at The HerStories Project. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.

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