flowers by Emily Nathan

What are you up to this weekend? We are going to the beach, even though the weather has a touch of fall. I actually love a crisp beach day — it reminds me of England. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

PEN15’s season two premieres today.

Maya Gabeira breaks the world record for the largest wave surfed this year.

I swear by this blush (and love the name).

Comedy wildlife photography awards. That fish!

Random fun fact: Nebraska once had the tourism catchphrase, “Honestly, It’s Not for Everyone.” And it worked. (New Yorker)

Oooh, a stunning New Zealand rental home.

The perfect vintage-style sweatshirt.

Math problems for the fall made me laugh. (New Yorker)

The ‘Song Exploder’ trailer looks great.

Rifle Design now has puzzles!

And, again, how to vote in every state. (I’m enthusiastically voting for Biden/Harris.)

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Lisa on what’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to you: “Five years ago, I was participating in a To Kill A Mockingbird read-a-thon at a bookstore. When it was my turn to read in front of everyone, I was nervous but excited. I think I was the only Black participant in the event. My mom said that she saw a little Black girl in the bookstore with her family. The girl wasn’t really paying attention to the reading until I walked up. Then my mom says the girl was absolutely transfixed. Just staring at me. I don’t have children and sometimes wonder what my influence will be on the coming generations. I like to think that seeing me up there, that girl realized something about herself and became more confident. I never saw this girl, so I’m reminded that we never know who is watching and being inspired by our actions.”

Says Christa on what’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to you: “I’ve struggled with body image my entire life. I grew up in a home where my body shape was frowned upon; I was always told I was too big. Three years ago, I decided I wanted to focus on my health over my size, and I started running. On one of my routes, there is a giant hill — when I first started, I couldn’t make it up halfway without needing to stop to walk, and now I can run right up. One day, an old man was watering his front garden and said, as I passed by, ‘I just want to say, I see you run up this hill all the time and you are amazingly strong.’ It literally brought tears of happiness to my eyes. It was so sincere and I think of it all the time. When I’m struggling with anything I remind myself that yes, I am strong, amazingly so.”

(Photo by Emily Nathan via tinyatlas/Instagram.)

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