In the past months we’ve been experimenting with what works for us when it comes to sharing tips with you. At Not So Stuffy you read our Breaktheweek two years ago: every two weeks on Wednesday a blogpost with lots of tips and favourites plus an activities agenda for the Northern part of The Netherlands. Last year we decided it was time for something new and Breaktheweek became a monthly lookback. But looking back posts make it only interesting right after posting and we were really looking for something more durable. So that’s why we created ‘Things we love’: in Things we love you can read more durable tips every once in a while. The moment there are enough (about 3-4) things to share with you Things we love will be posted at Wander Women. If you have any specific subject you would like some tips or suggestions on, please feel free to comment!
♠ You might have heard about this book recently as it’s been in the media quite often. If you were still not convinced, this might help because I find it really worth reading. Tinker, dabble, doodle, try: unlock the power of the unfocused mind by Srini Pillay (neuro scientist at Harvard and psychiatrist) is a fascinating book. Why? Not only because it tells us to take a break, or to be more accurate: to unfocus the mind. Especially when you are really busy is and you will never ever realise that deadline, especially then it’s time to take a break and unfocus your mind. That way you give the other part of your brain a chance to go to work. And this other part – the Default Network (DN – Do Nothing) has so much interesting information for you to use (plus there’s room for more if you let it) that you’ll function a lot better if your brain can connect to it. You’ll have less stress, be more creative, have new solutions and you’ll have a lot more fun in life.
‘We have to be careful, you know? With grandpa. His brain… It’ll work a bit slower then we are used to, you know? Slower then grandpa is used to.’
‘Yes, every morning the way home gets longer and longer.’
His father kneels down and burries him in his arms.
‘My sweet dear boy. As much as I love you, Noah, heaven will never be large enough.’
‘What can we do to help grandpa?’
The father’s tears dry on the boy’s sweater.’
‘We can walk beside him for a while. Keep him company.’
♣ When I was in the library I noticed a book called ‘And every morning the way home gets longer and longer‘ by Fredrik Backman. I did not know this author even though one of his books has recently been in the movie theatres (A man called Ove). ‘Every morning’ is only about 50 pages long but that does not make it any less worthwhile. Grandpa slowely loses his dear memories. Together with Noah, his grandson who helps him make amends with son Ted he never really paid any attention to, he tries to hold on and say goodbye. At times this is a very sad novella. The writer creates a moving portrait of a man’s fight against dementia.
♥ We both have one favourite fair and sustainable brand for socks: Thought Clothing. These socks, that cost about 7 euros per pair, have the most beautiful colours and prints. That’s why we both own more than one pair: it’s impossible to choose! In Groningen you can buy these hemp and bamboo socks at Schone Zaken and Zich Zach. They are for men and women.
♦ Another book tip: A tale for the time being by Ruth Ozeki. My brother recommended this book and I wasn’t sure if I would like it. But when I started reading I was immediately hooked. Nao is a 16 year old Japanese girl that grew up in California and hates everything about her new life in Tokyo where she’s being bullied by her classmates badly and she sees no way to get out. She starts writing a journal about her life and the life of her 105 year old great grandmother who is a buddhist nun. After the 2011 tsunami Nao’s belongings wash up on shore on a remote island in Canada and Ruth, a Japanese American author, finds them. She starts reading the girl’s diary and their lives intertwine. Ruth sets out to save Nao but it might be too late. This is certainly not a sad novel as it might sound. It’s beautifully written and has a kind of quiet touch to it. I love it!