And on the 30th day, she looked forward to Indian food with a friend.

4 thoughts on “And on the 30th day, she looked forward to Indian food with a friend.”

  1. I was going to remark upon the coincidence that you also like Atul Gawande until I remembered that you’re the one who introduced me to his books. Instead I shall remark upon how much I enjoyed reading about your Never Before Done challenge, and attempting to keep up with you. It definitely gave my month a different flavor, and I plan to continue seeking out the Never Before Done even though we’re back in the same old city living the same old life. Especially, in fact, now that we’re back in the same old city.

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  2. I’m glad you did this, too. It’s been fun following along, and there are a few posts that I keep going back to and thinking about. The cat on a leash, for example. I ended up being in town 3 times in July, and went to several Lake Harriet Pops concerts at the bandshell because my parents still play there every summer. And I kept seeing the same guy there with a cat on a leash–a cat that didn’t seem to mind–and I wished you could see it.

    I loved “Camouflage” because it was such a surprise, and so heartfelt and elegant. And I love this post, which makes me think about so many different things I want to say in response that I haven’t been able to bring myself to comment. I’ll mention these two things: 1) I loved filling in the character practice sheets you gave us–it was both soothing and satisfying. And 2) “Becoming good at something, no, not good, great at something is not, according to Mr. Gawande, dependent on talent so much as a combination of endless practice, endless striving, a refusal to set a limit on yourself, and something else that I think of as an intuitive leap”–that is at the heart of the Suzuki method, and a huge influence on my life. It’s something that I saw bear itself out in my music education (I don’t know about being great, but I got at least to a level where I could earn a living doing it) and that I truly hope will transfer-into and prove true with writing.

    Thank you for your writing!

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  3. i am finally catching up on my blog reading… so expect several comments from me.

    I just went and read that article of his and it was amazing. Made me think. A lot. About A lot of things. Like work and my own health things I’ve been through in recent years. And it was interesting. It also made me wonder if that isn’t why we love competition/sports – because we can quantitatively say who is the best. The same with awards.

    Anyway, thank you for this post as it is making me think so much and now I want to read more by Dr Gawande and look for areas of things I good at but could be better 🙂

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  4. I’ve enjoyed lurking this month on your what-the-hell project. I missed your last post, because–true story–I was attending my annual WTHS, or what-the-hell sabbatical, where there are no husbands, no kids, and the answer to any question is what the hell. This year’s sabbatical involved having my face painted in melted chocolate. Sure beats stepping on a dead mouse. Next year we’re going to Quebec. Feel free to join us if you’re in a what-the-hell mood. 🙂

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