I am a voracious reader and every week I come across either a book, online piece or website I want to share with others. I’ve decided to curate these gems and highlight them on Friday. I hope you find these faves as insightful as I do.

  • I loved this ESPN piece “Serena and Venus give us an American story we can all get behind” by ‘D’Arcy Maine. The Williams sisters meet in the Australian Open final this weekend. II dub very few events or occurrences amazing, but this match, what the Williams sisters represent and their consistency and perseverance, is what it is – amazing. “While age and injuries have slowed or ended the careers of many of their peers, the sisters have courageously continued despite many challenges. With so many societal obstacles now facing American women — particularly women of color — it’s perhaps more fitting than ever that these two will battle on one of the sport’s grandest of stages.” 
  • I am a fan of the New York Times Modern Love column and this particular piece by Alana Dankin stayed with me, “A Tattoo for the Living.” 
  • “I am just a voyeur—sunflowers on a grave is not my moment to witness. But I gaze at them with wide eyes like an outsider craving an invitation. I stare as both ladies kneel at a gray headstone, and pay respects to a beloved.” My piece on Headspace, “Grieving without a grave,” was a difficult, but necessary piece to write. This essay showed me that sometimes the only way to get through is to write about the pain and process the grief. 

What were your favorite reads this week?