WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF FEATURED POSTS
Coffee Times Weekly Roundup — 19
This week’s featured stories from Coffee Times and across Medium
This post first appeared on the Coffee Times Substack Newsletter
It seems like I posted a roundup only yesterday. I think it is because I’ve been busy with most of my time spent at the dentist’s clinic. Two teeth were extracted. Pretty painful. But I am grateful for painkillers and the thought that I am my own boss — which basically means flexible work timings and taking time off without stressing over it.
Oh, before I forget — let me remind you that the deadline for participating in the CC4 Challenge is 28 February 2022 — barely four days left. Please do send in your entries. I mean, how hard can it be to write about your favorite music/movies? Come on, my dears! Here are the details:
Coffee Challenge 4 (CC4)
Tell us your favourite music, movie or musical and stand a chance to become Coffee Times editor.
What about this week’s yum-yum, nom-nom? I have not made anything special — basically because I’ve been eating soft foods, soups and mashed stuff. But yeah, if any of you ever have a dentist’s appointment and cannot eat ice cream, here’s an option. Blend a couple of apples with half a spoon of cinnamon and two drops of vanilla, store it in a jar in your fridge and enjoy, chilled. No dentist appointment. No problem. You can garnish with walnuts, almonds, and dates and make it a healthy and filling snack. Life is too interesting to eat boring food.
The posts I am featuring this week are all so exceptionally written. I am humbled to present them to you. ❤
As you read, enjoy this song by Paul McCartney (1983) Pipes of Peace. Something we do need right now.
From Coffee Times
Preeti Ramachandran’s post about her take on self-care blew me away! I already admire her writing and this post from her was no exception. Read her post to understand the hype, the necessity, and some ways she self-c’s. (Love ya, Preeti!)
Self-Care: Love It, Hate It, You Know You Need It
Tagged by Yana Bostongirl on the prompt “How do I Self-Care?”
Warren Patterson’s post is a useful read for those serious about writing. Do you have these five qualities he’s talking about? I know he says blog but I am sure it can be interchanged with writing.
Rhea Anglesey’s post had me sobbing away as she talks about losing her dad. She does it so lovingly and beautifully that I just could not control myself. I am sure he’s so proud of her as he watches over her now. The wisdom in her post went straight to my heart.
How I Survived the Most Painful Year of My Life
Dealing with the loss of a much-loved dad to cancer
Harmeet Singh’s post about how his approach to Beat 4 tears of clinical depression — and why you don’t need to take anti-depressants forever is an eye-opening read and excellently written.
Having depression and anxiety is not the end of life; even the most successful people in the world have experienced anxiety and mental health problems, but they did not lose their hopes and overshadowed all of that to become who they are today.
The Exact Approach I Used To Beat 4 Years of Clinical Depression
No, you don’t need to take anti-depressants forever
Dharan.M’s post about six ways he practices meditative self-care has some great tips you can practice too.
Six Ways I Practice Meditative Self-Care
In Response To Life February Prompt: How I Practice Self-Care?
We already know that no matter what we do, there will always be people who disapprove of our actions — but that does not mean you should heed them. Daniella Cressman’s post explores the ways in which people who feel incompetent will try to dim your light.
People Who Feel Incompetent Will Always Try to Dim Your Light
Their insecurities are not your burden to bear.
Do you believe that life’s obstacles build you up? Aarti Tailor, in her post, talks about why uncertainty is good for the soul.
Words can hurt or heal. Jenna Hamilpuff talks about how words affect her. If you are sensitive to words, you can identify with her story. Lovely essay.
When Words Affect You…
There are times when no matter how hard you want to cry, you cannot let those tears reach your chin, not even to your…
Honorable mentions and great reads
Mary Chang Story Writer who runs one of my favorite publications, the Six-Word Photo Story Challenge, wrote a lovely post about how she made chicken teriyaki. Read it. You’ll love it.
It’s Delicious, Mom!
2022 Cooking Challenge (#3 Chicken Teriyaki): “I can’t believe I cooked it!”
Ali Hall who runs Spread the Ripple (of kindness) wrote a month-long series about veganism in January. In this post, she talks about how using a writing template helps.
How To Use a Writing Template to Maximize Success
This is my biggest learning from writing every day for a month
I loved Bingz Huang’s post listing her top stories of 2021. I think it is a fantastic idea for every writer to do this. It can be a roundup of your posts from last month as well. I know Sandra Pawula makes an index of each month’s stories.
Bingz Huang’s Top 10 Stories of 2021
Human Design, Spirituality, Gentleness, and Dance
I think everyone should read this post by Dr Mehmet Yildiz about the importance of Vitamin B12. Did you know a deficiency can cause vertigo, among other health issues?
Why Vitamin B12 Matters for Health & How to Address Deficiency
Severe vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to depression, paranoia, delusions, memory loss, anemia, and neurodegenerative…
Jennifer Geer addresses a crucial topic in her post. Please do read it. It is important.
As an Editor, This Is the Top Thing I See Writers Getting Wrong With Their Articles
Writers are opening themselves up to lawsuits by violating image policies
Prompts from our Coffee Times columnists
Yana Bostongirl — Life — has a lovely prompt — how does creating art help you relax?
How Does Creating Arts Help you Relax?
Life newsletter #5: Showcasing multi-talented creative Monoreena Majumdar, this week’s mini prompt and interesting…
Sharing Randomly — Travel — has a very interesting prompt — present your travel post in verse!
Marrisa W. — Books — wants to know your favorite magic/fantasy book/book series
Vincent Van Patten — Inspiration — wants you to try writing about subjective reality, what imbues life with meaning.
The Hole in the Sky
Contemplating phenomena and the source of meaning; a philosophical prompt to kick off February
Ashley — Entertainment — urges you to respond to the CC4 challenge. Deadline is on 28 February
Dr. Preeti Singh just published her editor’s pick post for this week.
Praying for Russia and Ukraine To Replace The Clouds Of War With Peace
Russia and Ukraine let peace be for all!
That’s it for this week!
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Loved these comments on last week’s roundup!
Kristen Stark’s comment made me laugh. I hope she doesn’t hate me for posting her comment here:
The crying gif! Too sad and cute. Haha. I honestly spent my Valentine’s Day prepping for a colonoscopy. All is well, but I wasn’t thinking when I scheduled the procedure for 2/15 HAHA. TMI, sorry.
Tamil had this to say:
haha, loved the gif. Come on now Vidya, who celebrates valentines day anymore? Ain’t every day valentines day….me ducking out ;-) But seriously, I got a deep tissue massage as a surprise from my husband. It felt so good for all the sore muscles that had been craving it for almost 2 years now. I am still finding ways to surprise him ;-)
And just to give my own ego a massage, here is Eko BP’s comment.
Vidya, always appreciate your taking the time to publish my articles, and to introduce me to these fabulous reads. It is the making time that I admire from you, and appreciate it. Thank you!
With love from the Coffee Times Team
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