by Jon Belt
Here is a list of three that I'm reading, learning, and listening to that appeared in my first "3 Dash Thursday" newsletter I send out weekly fo' FREE!
Here is your weekly shot of "3-Dash Thursday," a record of what I'm appreciating and learning.
The lists could include people, books, blogs, videos. podcasts, how-to's, audiobooks, quotes, apps, photos, etc...
-What I'm listening to-
Podcast - Here's the Thing w/ Guest Ira Glass (Host Alec Baldwin)
This is an episode I came across searching the name Ira Glass ("This American Life") and the great thing about this podcast is Alec Baldwin, the host, and he is a spectacular interviewer.
*Disclaimer - Most episodes have explicit language*
-What I'm reading and learning-
"The Daily Stoic" by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman.
I'm still a novice with Stoicism, but Ryan Holiday has immersed himself in this ancient philosophy. In this book are short daily meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.
There was a passage on May 16th about Jerry Seinfeld's "Joke a Day" strategy. He writes at least a joke a day and marks an "X" on a calendar he creates specifically for this project. The goal is to not break the chain. I love this because many of us feel like we need to overload ourselves with a new positive habit to be better when in reality this dies out eventually and we revert back to our comfort zone.
Implementing it down to one minute, one set, or one healthy meal = doable and sustainable
-Favorite quote from the week-
We just finished up the gothic fantasy young adult novel "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman. I then downloaded the audiobook narrated by Neil Gaiman (he is an amazing narrator) to make the story more exciting for my sixth graders.
He was interviewed and asked - Do you only write when inspired? and his reply was "If you only write when you're inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist...." Neil Gaiman
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Jon Belt is a middle school teacher in Oklahoma City, and the host of the Teacher Tunnel Podcast.