Hello again! It was only this weekend that it started feeling like fall here. My mountain started to change colors, so I know it's only a matter of time until we're getting out the ski clothes and hot chocolate. I'm ready to see the summer go; we're not a lounge-around-the-pool kind of family. Plus, my father died of skin cancer, so you can imagine what preoccupies me during those sunny days! Thanks, Irish skin.
A few things to remember and revel in recently:
- This past weekend, my company hosted its third annual BONCOM, an LDS creative conference. This year, we held it in Deer Valley instead of New York, and I have to admit to indulging in a little Utah pride as the NYers settled into our valleys, crisp air and friendly people. Or maybe that was all just the lovely St Regis hotel...
- I'm working on a project at work that has me studying up a bit on the concept of happiness. As a self-identifying optimist myself, I found this article from the Huffington Post particularly interesting.
- Can't wait for the first Met in HD performance of "Eugene Onegin" on October 5th, especially after reading this article about the backstage chaos. There's nothing like a little director drama for us opera nerds.
- Also on the music front, I totally noshed on this article about the gimmicky marketing techniques employed by struggling orchestras. Philip Kennicott and I will go into our own little corner and look for virtuostic beauty. We might be the only ones there though.
- Reaching back into the summer, I spoke at the FairMormon conference as well as Sunstone this summer. I hope to offer a summary of those experiences at a later time.
- I got to meet my aural crush, Doug Fabrizio, when I was a panelist on Radio West, discussing the possibility of female ordination. You can hear the radio program here.
- And even farther back, A Thoughtful Faith recorded this podcast with me last winter. Anyone who listens to the whole thing gets a gold star. It was republished on Feminist Mormon Housewives here.
- Print pride: I edited two exemplary Mormon Women Project publications since I last posted. Exponent II invited me to edit the Winter 2012 issue of their magazine, which was a tremendous honor. I thought the final product, about the importance of telling Mormon women's stories, turned out beautifully. Also, Patheos Press published our first Mormon Women Project interview collection, Sisters Abroad: Interviews from the Mormon Women Project which we are selling as a fundraising vehicle for the MWP. I am grateful to both of those organizations for putting trust in me and my MWP team to produce meaningful publications.
- And last but not least, a rundown of the shows that have made me happy while Good Wife was on break: The Americans, Moone Boy, Broadchurch, Call the Midwife, Orphan Black. I probably owe my next child to the BBC in exchange for many happy viewing hours. But don't worry, FNL, you'll always be in my heart.