Permission to enjoy hibernation.


As soon as the people start to line their eyelids with glitter and go to holiday parties, I press pause and gear down. This month, I’m just going to be unproductive and enjoy everything.

I’ve set an autoresponder on my email that tells people not to expect timely replies. I will be reading, watching TV, podcasting + knitting, and wandering aimlessly around the frozen milkweed pods in my backyard. Care to join me?


How to Not Always Be Working by Marlee Grace
The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
Tonight I’m Someone Else by Chelsea Hodson


In the No: Radiolab’s compelling in-depth look at consent
The Dream: a team of journalists do a deep dive into MLMs and pyramid schemes, including the issue of gender & business
Escaping NXIVM: from CBC: the story of one woman’s escape from the super shady personal empowerment cult


Space by Sleeping at Last — writing
Ruby by Mazzy Starr — cooking dinner, stirring sauces
Indigo by Kandace Springs — eating dinner, clinking glasses
2am Kinda Night by Nina Lynn — sitting by the fire before bed


Rita — My favourite show on television, ever.
Call my Agent — French film culture and drama, from the agency perspective.
Nashville — for Connie Britton and for xxx xxxxx xx xxxxx xxxxx. (spoiler blanked out)
Sabrina — Smash the patriarchy, witches.
The Good Fight — Cannot wait for the meta new season.
Big Little Lies — Same as above (+ Meryl Streep)!

Extra Reading:

Academia is a Cult My Life Cleanse


A Reading Retreat Happy hibernating,

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Kevin M. Gill

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Sarah Selecky

Thanks, Tammy! I agree - it's changed how I think about dinner parties, birthday parties, writing retreats, and every other gathering.
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Tammy L Breitweiser

I love the idea of a reading retreat. I also am reading The Art of Gathering. It is fascinating and appliable.
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