December, December, Let’s all Remember the Best of 2021

Dear Friend,

Hey, how’s it going? I hope you had a lovely holiday and are doing your best resting and attempt to transform into your couch. I’ve certainly put aside my usual productive goals for the month to do just that.

I did recently begin dabbling in poetry, though. I wrote this one earlier this week — what do you think?

And in lieu of new recommendations, I’ve put together all the recommendations previously mentioned this year. You can click on the month below to get more context and reason behind the recommendation through the past issues.

📺 TV:

🎤 Podcast:

📗 Book:

  • August: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • September: Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood
  • October: The Book of Lost Names by kristin Harmel
  • November: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

🎧 Music

🎬 Movie

  • April: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • October: Wolfwalkers

As I’ve said before, the best part of writing Dear Friend, isn’t the content itself, but rather its invitation to hear from you. Collectively, this year I was blessed to learn about your new business venture, your family drama, your coming out, your imaginary vacation, your road trip, and your everyday hustle.

Through your replies I could sense your anxiety, invisibility, resilience, hope, and joy. Whether we’re miles apart or unheard in years, thank you so much for sharing with me. I’m glad this newsletter can connect us together, and along with your stories to show that we belong and matter.

And that about wraps it up for 2021! I hope you’ve enjoyed my newsletter this year and were able to find some relief, if not amusement from it. As always, please let me know what you’ve been up to — it serious makes my day 🙂

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Love wins