The Year of the… Enduring.

Every year I set an intention, and every year I write about it here. Recent years were, in order, the year of the hike (‘20), the year of the book (‘21), and the year of the home (‘22). Well, 2022 turned out to be at least as much about the book (still to come), but the home has a new furnace and a/c (!), but still needs a lot of attention. Also, I hiked a bunch and became more regular in my yoga practice.

So, as I looked forward to the new year, I thought I just needed to do more of all those things.  For the first time in years, no single area of focus compelled me. 

But then I looked over my list of books I read this year, which I also post here annually (see below).  Seeing a book I read by Jennifer Pharr Davis, Becoming Odyssa, reminded me of her book still on my “to read” list:  The Pursuit of Endurance


It’s a thing I have only come to prize in this stage in life.  I’ve known for years I needed to stop expecting life to be free to struggle and heartache.  I’ve wasted a lot of energy panicking over things I could have just set about managing.

So for 2023, I shall focus on endurance.  Endurance for my book and other writing, my home, my hiking and yoga practice – endurance for my life itself.  I don’t know exactly what it will look like, but it won’t be a marathon. Maybe I’ll be able to hang onto my sweaty foot long enough to stay in dancer pose for a literal hot minute. We shall see.

I wish all of you a Happy New Year and plenty of endurance throughout 2023.

Books I read in 2022:

These Precious Days, by Ann Patchett

The Only Woman in the Room, by Rita Lakin

The Good Girls Revolt, by Lynn Povich

James Baldwin, by David Leeming

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

Corruptible, by Brian Klaas

Atlas of the Heart, by Brene Brown

The Burning, by Tim Madigan (a history of the Tulsa Race Massacre)

Brain Hacks, by Lara Honos-Webb PhD

Foreverland, by Heather Havrilesky

How To Stop Procrastinating, by Daniel Walter

Left on Tenth, by Delia Ephron

Strategize to Win, by Carla Harris

Premonition, by Michael Lewis

The Stoic Challenge, by William B. Irvine

Siracusa, by Delia Ephron

Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert

The Lion Is In, by Delia Ephron

Scrum, by Jeff and JJ Sutherland

Don’t Trust Your Gut, by Seth Stephens Davidowitz

The Upside of Stress, by Kelly McGonigal

Maybe You Should See Someone, by Lori Gottlieb

Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

Heartburn, by Nora Ephron

Delivered From Distraction, by Edward Ned Hallowell MD

The Man Who Broke Capitalism, by David Gelles

Guess What’s Different, by Susan Triemert

Liar’s Poker, by Michael Lewis

The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe

The Nine, by Gwen Strauss

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

Finding Me, by Viola Davis

Double Double, by Ken Grimes and Martha Grimes

The Cheffe, by Marie NDiaye

Detroit, An American Autopsy, by Charlie LeDuff

Platonic, by Marisa Franco

If, by Christopher Bently

Portrait of an Artist, a Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe, by Laurie Lisle

Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie, by Lisa Napoli

Unfuck Yourself, by Gary John Bishop

Becoming Odyssa, by Jennifer Pharr Davis

Savor, by Lilian Chung and Thích Nhất Hạnh

True Love, by Thích Nhất Hạnh

The Wisdom of Insecurity, by Alan Watts

Choosing Courage, by Jim Detert

The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm

Newsroom Confidential, by Margaret Sullivan

The Deepest South of All, by Richard Grant

24 Hours, by Greg Iles

The Untethered Soul, by Michael Singer

In Praise of Difficult Women, by Karen Karbo

Yoga Mind, by Suzan Colón

How to Stand Up to a Dictator, by Maria Ressa

Educated, by Tara Westover

Still Writing, by Dani Shapiro

The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien



Writer, comedian, producer, mother, thinker, preoccupationist, Minneassippian.

2 thoughts on “The Year of the… Enduring.

  1. Wow, with the number of books you read, you are and endurance reader. It reminded me of one of my all-time favorites, “Endurance: Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing. It taught me a lot about the human soul and led to my reading a long list of voyagers.

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