Superbowl Sunday! What are your plans? I am looking forward to a party at a friend's place later today - mostly looking forward to drinks, good food and some quality time with friends. I am not a big football fan but love to get in on the action on Superbowl Sunday. Of course, I will need to be home in time for Downton Abbey - I missed last week's episode but have seen spoilers around all week. Even though I know the outcome, I still can't wait to see the episode. Downton vs. Superbowl? Downton wins! Apparently, I am not the only one asking the Downton vs. Superbowl question - check out this pic posted to Facebook by blogger Grown and Flown.
Have YOU Danced Today?
A friend on Facebook shared the video below last week and it really gave me pause. Jennifer Goodman Linn was diagnosed with sarcoma in her thirties and battled the disease on her terms. The video below was taken on her 40th birthday and she was celebrating having reached that milestone - throughout her illness, she had gained an appreciation for every year and didn't dread the milestone birthday as many do. Unfortunately, she lost her battle with the disease later that year. While alive, she started Cycle for Survival which raises money for rare cancer research (rare diseases make up 50% of cancers including pancreatic and metastatic melanoma) and the event is now one of the most successful events of its kind.
I turn 40 this year and sometimes am a little melancholic about getting older - this video reminds me to cherish all these days and to celebrate the milestone. Thank you Jennifer for the reminder! For every share of the video, Jennifer's widow will donate $1 to Cycle for Survival and he will donate $5 for everyone that posts their own dancing video.
As you know, I host The Immigrant Stories Challenge because I have a special interest in immigrant stories in literature. I am the child of immigrants and can relate to many of the stories of struggle and of the attempts by their children to live between two worlds - the old and the new. There is a lot of rhetoric about immigration in the news these days as Congress puts forward plans to address immigration. I thought this article (My Grandfather The Outlaw) by Frank Bruni hit the perfect note - I didn't focus on the political position being advocated but on the story of struggle and ultimate success of his Grandfather. This is the story of immigration I choose to focus on a midst the debate.
On the Blog
This week I posted a collage of favorite winter book covers - based on the comments, I think most people prefer beach covers! Ha! Maybe the collage would be more popular during the dig days of August!
Yesterday, I posted my review of American Dervish by Ayad Aktar on audio. Based on some twitter chat, it seems I was not alone in how much I loved this book. Highly recommend!