Updated: Feb 24
By the time you are reading this I hope you have clocked off from school, or are very close to doing so.
I’ve decided to keep the newsletter going to maintain my habit of writing, and to share some of my thinking around how I’m tackling the holiday break.
One of my goals over these summer holidays is to re-read books that piqued my interest this year. I’m going to take my time reading them with the goal that it will spark ideas for me to write about. As I’ve got older I’m reading more and more non-fiction, and I think it helps with my perspective on education.
The other positive to this action is that by devoting time to reading and writing it forces me to recharge my batteries. By doing this it tends to happen naturally, I just need to block out the time.
These are the three stand out non-fiction books that I read this year.
Quote “We must never be too busy to take time to sharpen the saw.” Stephen Covey
The Deep End
I’ve been very slow with my uptake of podcasts. I prefer to listen to music, but there is one podcast that I listen to regularly.
The Deep End by On Deck is a podcast where visionary builders, creators, and experts discuss world-changing ideas. We skip the surface level and go in depth into ideas that matter including the futures of commerce, higher education, art, governance, longevity, and more with some of the most exciting figures in these fields. The Deep End is hosted by Marshall Kosloff and is produced by On Deck. You can visit ideas.beondeck.com for show notes and additional essays.
There is so much depth to each episode that I’m looking at going back to the start, pausing regularly to jot down my thinking, and to read all of the show notes and essays that complement the content.
Similar to podcasts I find it hard to get into a series. Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad are two exceptions that I looked forward to watching each week.
There are plenty that I have abandoned: Ozarks, House of Cards, and many more.
[Ted Lasso is somewhere in between. I don’t think I’ve completely abandoned watching it, but I can take it or leave it at the moment.]
Yellowstone is the latest that I will definitely watch in its entirety. My family spent a year in Montana, where the series is set, when my dad was part of a teaching exchange. While the story line is far-fetched at times, I feel a strong connection due to having lived there at an important time in my life.
I hope you can all get a long, relaxing, and rewarding holiday break. Try and switch everything off that is school related and recharge your batteries.
Thanks for reading and see you next week,
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