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Emily P.G. Erickson working while baby plays.
Emily P.G. Erickson working while baby plays.

Baby A is four months old. This means we’ve progressed to being able to manage the occasional 10 minute mutual play/work session. Admittedly, it is not the most efficient office environment, but it is among the most adorable.

This Thanksgiving, I am deeply thankful that he’s here and that I get to be here with him. And I am thankful that you (yes, you) are here, too. Our time on this planet is so brief, and it’s a wonder ours overlaps.

Your Curated Reading List

Emily P.G. Erickson recommends Trusting the Gold by Tara Brach.

For a book that makes you feel peaceful and contemplative (perfect for before-bed reading), read Trusting the Gold: Uncovering Your Natural Goodness by Tara Brach.

Emily P.G. Erickson recommends The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.

For a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that paints a complex portrait of community and family, read The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.

Emily P.G. Erickson recommends Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen.

For a deeply attentive family novel, read Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen.

Check out my Bookshop for more excellent reads for yourself and everyone on your list this holiday season.

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Something Delightful

Just about every week, I used to walk down my block to sing in a community choir. We met all times of year, but I remember the cold winter nights best. The way the sharp air yielded to the golden glow of sock-clad friends, hot water on the stove, and a rag tag assortment mugs just waiting for hands.

My friend Sarina Partridge was our fearless leader. I’ve been in choirs off and on my whole life, but never one like hers. She’s a welcoming and intuitive teacher, delighted less by her own gorgeous voice than by the way a group of voices can meld and channel music. I’ve missed singing with her these past 21 months.

That’s why I was so happy that she decided to delve into Patreon this month. If you’re curious about Sarina’s year-long project to create songs for joy and connection, you can check out her introduction video, how to become a patron, and her first post.

If you subscribe, you’ll even be able to listen to a “musical prescription” Sarina wrote for me based on a conversation we shared. It’s a sweet song of gratitude called “Earth Time.”

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Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, Verywell Mind, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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