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LinkLove: interesting reads from the www this week

Here’s a round-up of posts which caught my attention this week, and I thought you might enjoy them too!


  • Ancient Roman board game found in 4th century tomb: The History Blog
  • The most instagram-able spots in Rome: Italophilia
  • Taxi therapy for young Italian cancer patients: The New York Times (thank you to Jenny’s Lark for leading me to this post)
  • “Spelacchio, Italy’s equivalent of Charlie Brown’s scrawny Christmas tree, quickly became a celebrity, drawing locals and tourists to leave comments about its bare branches.” A hilarious read on Becoming Italian Word by Word
  • Italian idioms explained through emoticons: Kappa Language School


  • A guide to Renaissance architecture: A Scholarly Skater
  • 1128 Pope recognizes Knights Templar: This Day in History
  • WordPress bloggers’ interpretation of the photo challenge theme Weathered: The Daily Post
  • Daily Art Daily: Really enjoying this site to widen my exposure to art and art history. There is also a phone app which sends daily, bitesized updates featuring a work of art and a paragraph or two about the work and the artist.

Personal Growth

  • Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast with happiness expert Shawn Achor, about 30 minutes in length but very worth the listen.
  • How to build resilience in mid-life: The New York Times (again, thank you Jenny’s Lark)
  • Five habits of the heart: Daily Good
  • jen groeber: mama art on New Year’s resolutions (“That’s my New Year’s jam and it can be yours too, if you’d like. Show up, be present, be grateful whenever you can, wish for better in the world, be kinder to everyone and especially to those you love. And yourself.”)
  • A whole month’s wardrobe in just five pieces: The – M – Dash (ok, I know this is a marketing piece for one of those subscription clothing boxes but the beginner minimalist in me really wants to give it a try!)

As for Books…

My recent reads:

  • Just finished: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie — a historical fiction novel of Martha (Patsy) Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson’s oldest and beloved daughter.
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez: this book has been quietly sitting on my shelf for years, and just 25 pages in I’m wondering why I’ve waited so long to read it. It’s beautiful.
  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard: a little daunting in its size but I’m determined to get through it, even by way of intense skimming.


Here’s to happy reading and wishes for a wonderful week ahead!


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9 thoughts on “LinkLove: interesting reads from the www this week

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  2. Thanks so much for including my post!

    It’s funny that you should mention the minimalist wardrobe idea. I’ve been pondering trying something new, fashion-wise, and I recently asked myself how long you can keep making the same stylistic choice before you stop feeling good about it, even if it’s a good choice to begin with. Personally, I would be quite hesitant to try something like what she did, since I definitely notice when people wear the same few things all the time. To be fair, though, I mainly notice when their go-to pieces are really distinctive. If you decide to try it, you should definitely post about how it goes. I will be interested to read about it.

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