DO

 

CAMP/ BAR MITZVAH/ NOVEL

What I’ve been doing lately: Two of my kids are leaving soon for three weeks at an overnight camp in Wisconsin so I’m gathering and labeling their clothes, etc. I try not to confuse that activity with actual stress nor do I send them anything beyond what’s on the list. My kids are extraordinary lucky to attend camp. Period. I’ve read some disturbing things about the happenings at some East Coast camps. I know there’s a spoof of all that coming up on the Bravo show I love, Odd Mom Out. I find it all terribly embarrassing (as a Jew). I can at least have some Minnesota pride because I have never witnessed any of that over the top stuff here.

In other family news, my son’s bar mitzvah is happening a week after he returns. We are all busy preparing for that in one way or another. (Sam most of all.) Maybe I will write about the bar mitzvah experience at some point. We are doing Sam’s a bit out of the box and whether I have the desire to explain why/how remains to be seen. I did write quite a bit on the topic a few years ago when we were deciding which path to take before creating our own. Here’s one at The Forward. Another at Tcjewfolk.com. And one more at Tcjewfolk.com.

I’m writing fewer essays/blog posts and working on some fiction again for the first time in a long time. Novel writing is time consuming, and I know enough to know it may never see the light of day. I’m having fun with it anyway. My drive to Chicago AND my new desk/corner inspired me.

LISTEN

 

My girls are doing some random day camps that are further away than we normally drive, which has me succumbing to their top 40 stations more than I normally do. Despite the fact that the same songs are played repeatedly, which annoys me to no end, I don’t mind multiple listens of the two below.

Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran: This song’s lyrics feel like a novel, and the tune is so catchy. 

The Cure by Lady Gaga: This song kind of annoyed me at first and now I can’t get enough. It has something of an 80s Madonna/Janet Jackson vibe. You can listen below!

As for audiobooks, I’m currently listening to Roxane Gay’s memoir, Hunger. As always, I appreciate Gay’s writing style (direct) and the observations of society she shares (truthful and unrelenting).

Podcasts: I haven’t had as much time for podcasts with my kids in the car more and my audiobook happenings. But I have been walking around the house listening to podcasters I like talk about The Handmaid’s Tale. (NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour and Slate’s Double X had good ones.)

READ

 

An interesting way to handle “pick your brain” requests that gives people some of your time, but in a way that establishes firm boundaries. I like it!

Fun to see a blurb in St. Louis Park Magazine about the writing group I co-lead with Julie Burton!

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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, an advice columnist at The HerStories Project, a book reviewer at greatnewbooks.org, and a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.

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