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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Articles club

Confession: I hate winter. I always get the winter blues when it's cold, dreary and gets dark at 4:30. So, in an effort to come up with fun wintertime activities, I had a lightbulb idea...

Let's start an articles club this winter! An articles club would be just like a book club, but we'll read articles. We'd all read the same story--from, say, The New Yorker or Elle--and chat over wine and snacks. It would be fascinating, timely and a much easier commitment than a book club (because, honestly, who ever finishes the book on time?:). And it would make the winter feel fun.

What do you think? Would you want to start one with your friends? I could post the articles, and we could chat about them online, too. Let me know!

P.S. I'm thinking this one for the first?

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meesch said...

Articles club sounds great! Like... a girls night ; )

But in all seriousness, I think that would be way more effective than a book club, I mean, in terms of attention span and all... at least I know that's why I didn't join a book club, I don't have the attention span to read book after book!

-meesch
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shelby h.k. said...

that's adorable, what a great idea. i'm down!!

xx

Joanna Goddard said...

yeah, i'm such a slow reader, i could never finish a book in time for a book club :)

Sarah said...

Brilliant! I love it. I think it'd be fun to have an online chat, but I also think it'd be awesome to start a club like this in my neighbourhood in Toronto.

Also, I remember reading that article you proposed a few years ago and it's devastating and so inspiring. I can't imagine having that kind of strength.

veronica said...

awesome idea. count me in! that first article caught me hook, line and sinker! can't wait to hear what others have to say.

nzle said...

This is ADORABLE. And my favorite part of book clubs is always cooking delicious snacks for my friends.

I'd like to suggest this fascinating article!

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/11/all-the-single-ladies/8654/

marissa at the boot said...

it is SUCH a good idea! we'll learn things too! :)

Heather said...

Love the idea for an online article club! Makes so much more sense for a mom then a book club does. And what a great and inspiring article.

Amber, theAmberShow said...

Ooo, I'm in.

Hey Brooklyn gals, if you want do this, get in touch and I'll head it up!

Christina said...

I love this idea! I already share interesting articles via Twitter, Facebook, and my blog, but doing it in person would be so much more HUMAN!

Your place or mine? ;)

bethani said...

teriffic idea!!! i love reading, but whole books by a deadline is totally not my thing.

count me in! i'll be there :)

Lizzi said...

That's perfect! It's probably easier to get a conversation going about a timely article than do literary analyzing, good idea!

MEL said...

Wonderful idea! I'll read along with you from sunny FL and send you some of our mild winter weather to ease your blues. :)

renee jennifer said...

Joanna, I think this is a lovely idea! You're definitely right about the book club idea. It's very difficult to find the time to read a whole book, so this is a wonderful alternative. Winter can be quite draining, I live in Michigan and I'm sure you remember what our winters are like! xx. Renee

Lindsay R said...

yes yes yes. I'm in. I always love your choices.

Lindsay

Kristen said...

I like! One of the reasons I ended up with a random english minor in college: the small classes reminded me of book clubs :) Definitely on board with this idea!

ebev said...

I love this idea! I work a lot and most of my friends are still in school. This would give us all an excuse to get together once a week :) Plus I am sure that we would be able to learn something from all the different articles.

It would be really great if the person that picked the article each week rotated that way everyone would be able to share something that they are interested in!

Thanks for the wonderful idea!

Celeste Hoang said...

I love this idea, Joanna! The Times article you shared was amazing, and I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us :)

Kiasa said...

YES! I have so many unfinished book club books. With 3 little ones I always fall asleep when I sit down to a book. I love articles! I'm in!!!

P.S. I live on the UWS and sometimes wonder what I'd say to you if I ever bump into you. I probably wouldn't say anything, just like when I pass Samantha Bee (frequently). Isn't that silly?!

Kendall Marie said...

Im down ! love the idea!

wonderchris said...

What a fantastic idea!! Love it!

abi's mom said...

What a great idea! And I read that article before and it really stuck with me. Good choice!

amy anne said...

Only because you chose a Modern Love article as the first! Let's talk about this point: “It’s not age-appropriate to expect children to be concerned with their parents’ happiness. Not unless you want to create co-dependents who’ll spend their lives in bad relationships and therapy."

Kerri Lynne said...

Count me in! You're totally right -- the intimidating part of a book club is trying to finish it on time :) Great idea, Joanna!

Marissa said...

I love love this idea! Now I would just need to find people who would get as excited about it as me...

Siubhan said...

Amazing idea! I spend so much of my time reading as many articles as I can find, but it can often feel like a bit of an isolated pursuit actually. Please do!

Anonymous said...

I think this is a great idea!

Punk Rock Mom said...

wonderful idea!

Amanda Blair said...

Um, I think this is a brilliant idea! I think this would be a great way to help everyone be more up-to-date with the happenings of the world. Please do share what articles you pick for this club because I really want to follow along, and get in the discussion! In fact, my favorite part about being an English major were all the discussions/debates we had in class about our reading material. I really miss that stimulating conversation.

ashmastandrea said...

Great idea! ...just passed it along to my girlfriends!

it'll be so much easier to commit to reading an article instead of a whole book!

Bethany G said...

Wow. Just got done reading it. Awesome article!

Julia said...

great idea! i think winter totally sucks too. this would be a good way to keep things interesting and fend off the dreary.

Joanna Goddard said...

Kiasa, you are so sweet! we ride bikes to the UWS a lot. if we bump into each other, please say hi, it would be so fun to have a chat! :)

Sarah said...

Great idea! I was just starting to dread the time change coming soon!

anna of (green gable) said...

wonderful idea!

Anna of (green gable)

Becca said...

Count me in!!

Becca

FashionToFood said...

Love it as well. Much easier to manage and lots of great magazines to choose from :)

Hilary S said...

I absolutely LOVE one quote from that article: "When life’s knocked us around. And our childhood myths reveal themselves to be just that. The truth feels like the biggest sucker-punch of them all: it’s not a spouse or land or a job or money that brings us happiness. Those achievements, those relationships, can enhance our happiness, yes, but happiness has to start from within." Especially the part about childhood myths. It is really tough to transition from the fuzziness of a world wide open childhood to the stark reality of adulthood. Thanks Joanna!

percentblog said...

Wonderful idea! I'll be following along online ;)

Desi McKinnon said...

brilliant. i'm in!

Amber said...

Maybe because I'm a journalist, I feel like I'm constantly in articles club! That is awesome though. This one's very depressing, but a MUST READ: http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/a-brevard-woman-disappeared-but-never-left-home/1181888

Kendall Marie said...

wow, i just finished reading that article, powerful. What a strong woman, and a great way to view issues like that in a marriage. Makes you think for sure about alot of things, how we can act and handle things differently, maybe not take things so personally as women sometimes.

prianka ghoshal said...

um, yes!

I sort of do this: I email articles to my family/friends and ask for their opinions, but sometimes they are not as enthusiastic as me. I would love to do this with a more varied group!

Candice Mitchum said...

yes yes yes. great idea! count me in

M&C said...

I LOVE that idea! How fun!!!

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Christina said...

I am sad that book clubs never work out, but this is a nice alternative. What I really appreciate about it is that I often times skim the news and mean to go back and read an article, but then I don't because I forget. If I started an articles club, I would have a reminder to go back and read the articles I intended to read in the first place.

Sarah said...

I love this idea! My girlfriends and I attempt to have a book club, but rarely does everyone finish reading in time. What a great way to incorporate the book club concept into a more time sensitive, schedule friendly, impromptu gathering.

Shaina said...

LOVED the article. Please keep posting your recommendations! Maybe I'll pass it along to my friends and we can have our own article club. wine, food, good talkin - CAN'T WAIT!

when can we expect the next article?

Kristen Larson said...

I loved that article, I hope that I never have to face that day, but she was so diligent and patient. So good for her to have stood strong.

I love the idea on an article club, I will join from Oregon!

oilandgarlic said...

Articles Club is a great idea. I rarely have time for books but love reading interesting and thoughtful articles during my lunch.

Mikayla said...

I love it. Articles Club 2011! I will definitely use this for my winter blues!

Sarah said...

I'm in from LA!

Kassie said...

I love this idea! Especially because that article was incredible. I've never read anything like it.

sbt said...

I LOVE this idea!!

Diana Mieczan said...

I'm totally in and I so know what you mean about winter. Brrr... I think it's a fantastic idea and I cant wait!!! Kisses

Angela said...

How fun! If you do this somewhere in Manhattan, I'm game. I'd even offer to host :)

Caroline T. said...

Joanna,
Read this article when it was published and saved the link so I could read it over and over again. I'm not married, but I kept thinking "This woman is either incredibly smart, or seriously deluded." I'm just glad it had a happy ending.
Love this idea and I'm looking forward to enjoying articles in the coming (cold) months!

xoxo

Briana said...

How fun!! Would we do it virtually? I guess Boston isn't THAT far from NYC. :-)

kaitlin said...

That sounds like a lot of fun. My friends and I recently started a "meta-bookclub", where we talk about what we would talk about if we were to have a bookclub. (In other words, everything but the book.)

a displaced floridian said...

what a creative idea!! i love it!

Sara Szatmary said...

I remember that article!! If that baby won't get a discussion started I don't know what will.

Deanna said...

Sounds like a great idea!

sharon said...

I definitely get the winter blues every February...I'm a psychotherapist, and I know it's because of the dreariness, but it doesn't help :) I lived in NYC for 6 years, but now I relocated to Michigan, and it is SO gray here! I made a point of already booking a 5 day vacation to California mid February. We need to spread the joy in the winter!

Kathy said...

Great idea! Also, I love your first article choice. That was the very first article I ever read from the Modern Love column, and it is one that I have bookmarked and gone back to again and again. I tear up every time I read it.

kaela d. said...

I'm down in cold colorado! :D

natalie holbrook said...

ahh, i'm in! ;)

gia said...

Oh, that article was so good. I don't know if I could ever do that. I wish I could. Re: article club- sounds lovely!! I'll let you know if I find anything good in Oprah, sometimes they have good ones.

fromatopink said...

I love this idea! There are so many articles I come across that I'd love to discuss - this would be the perfect solution. I'm in!

kate said...

I love this idea, and what a wonderful and moving article! Wow. What incredible strength and willpower.

Emilie said...

i'm down.

Susan said...

Yep, there are these clubs down here in DC.

teeny84 said...

@Sarah: I'm in Toronto too! Yay Canucks!

Anonymous said...

Can i join? Via skype!!! :-)

What a great idea!!! Xo

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Jody said...

Love, love, love! I'm so in. You are brilliant!! And that pic is adorable!!

Natalie said...

I would love an online article club!! That sounds wonderful :)

LeeLee said...

Love this concept. Yes, I would love to join/have an articles club.

Melissa Blake said...

Yes!! I love magazines and it would be awesome to discuss the articles with others! :)

Lindsay @ the Everything Project said...

Genius! This was a really great idea! (And also will hopefully get more people reading the newspaper, right?) :)

Lindsay
www.wearingitall.blogspot.com

Meghan said...

I love this idea. I can never get people to commit to a book club! Thanks!

slee57 said...

what a lovely idea.....and since an article is totally doable, i won't have the guilt and shame of not keeping up with a book club or just being a skimmer.

LilNikBigApple said...

My friends and I have talked about doing this before and we said we would call it a PI Club (Pieces of Interest Club) and we would read great articles and eat seasonal pie :)

sara.strauss said...

Sounds like fun! I'm in!
~Sara

Amy S said...

great idea! i will follow along in Wisconsin online! love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Such a good idea. This article was profound and potentially helpful in the future. Thank you.

Joy said...

I freaking LOVE this idea. Can I suggest this article?

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/11/all-the-single-ladies/8654/5/

Happenstance said...

Brilliant Joanna. I'm totally into this!

mp said...

fun!! i'm in!

Bossy Knickers said...

I loved this article. I think that the writer - Laura A. Munson - sets a great example for all women (and people) in relationships. She could have easily made her husband's problem her own, but she stepped aside and let him deal with it rather than dragging down her family. This is what marriage is all about and what we sign up for when we say 'for better or worse.' Her stepping aside during this worse time is a testament to her love for her husband, her children and, perhaps most importantly, her own self.

Amy Marie said...

I love this idea. Thank you for making my upcoming winter a little more enjoyable. This blog is feeling more and more like a friend.

amy said...

Love this idea!

Katie Cotton said...

Yes, let's do!

Magdalena's Madrid said...

Love this idea! Maybe not possible while I'm living in Spain but I'm in for online discussions.

Anne said...

Count me in! Great first article! I would never ever have the strength the author had. Quite an amazing story. However... it all comes down to the husband when your strategy is to give him that much space. What if he can't figure it out for himself? You'd have to have a lot of confidence. Scary!

Caitlin M. said...

Great idea! We could mix a book in with the articles, maybe. Discuss articles all winter and end with a book?

naomi: said...

that sounds like a stupendous idea - love it!

tamara said...

fun idea, i think i'll see if my girlfriends are interested! that article was heartwrenching... i'm not married, but i don't ever think i'd have that strength. and i'm not sure that i really agree it's the best tactic.

Linnéa said...

I hereby join right now! Great idea!

AM said...

Love it! Would definitely participate, especially since my book club has fallen off a bit..lots of slow readers :)

Ann Marie

marie said...

i love this idea because sometimes books are just too long! or maybe you want to meet up with friends more often : ) pleeeease post your selections online

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

Great first article...I'm in!

M.S. said...

Fantastic! I'm in! I created a virtual (online) book group for distant connections for similar reasons (no pressure, activity, doldrums-distraction). I love this. Great idea.

Jamie said...

Oh, this is wonderful. I'm in!

Leigh said...

you are a genius!

kelsey jo said...

I LOVE this idea!! Please please post online, too so we can follow along! :)

Laura said...

just emailed you b/c my computer was being weird with the captcha, but now it's working, so I'll comment, too! this is the best idea EVER!!! if you need help organizing, let me know.

Michelle Kendrick Hartney said...

I LOVE this idea!! (PS-great article pick. I remember reading this in the Sunday paper a few years ago and it totally freaked me out. (I think what what was so freaking was that she didn't see it coming) It's a great article to start with.

Erin LaDue said...

Love it! I am in. Also, based on an older post I purchased a SAD light for these long winters. The combo of these 2 things will def. get me though the winter.

Kate said...

BRILLIANT idea! I'm a fan...so much less committment, so much more timely discussion. I'm in!

Glenda said...

love this idea. will you always link the article we are supposed to be reading like you did below?

i'd love to join a book club, but depending on the book sometimes i can read it in 9 hrs and sometimes it'll take me weeks. :)

Alex said...

I am actually obsessed with this idea. I've wanted to join a book club for awhile now but didn't know how I'd fit it into my schedule...this is perfect. I'm in!

Steph <3. said...

I love the idea of the articles club, i am also a slow reader and there is no way i could read that fast.

The article you proposed is inspiring and it relates close to home. Although different scenario (reversed really. My husband and I just got married, I got depressed and distanced myself I felt like the one who never loved and got really down on my self. He was so patient and loving and now we are back to normal. But I do not think I could have got through that without him.

ballard said...

this idea is quite glorious. it makes me a bit giddy, to be honest. (and secretly, i'm glad to hear that i'm not the only one with blues about winter! :)

hotdamnandhallelujah@blogspot.com

Mrs. P Vega said...

I'm in!

Molly said...

This is an awesome idea! I read a lot and often want to discuss stuff with others but then forget as I read more.

Noor said...

I am in for sure. I can not read a book under pressure :)

Rebecca said...

This is great! I'm really excited. I've been making a list of fun things to do to combat the winter blues and this is perfecto. If anyone is really getting together in NY I'd be in, but all for the online chats too. Woot woot.

A(mina)'s mommy said...

Perfection - two children, busy life, and love to read...I can't wait!

Kelly said...

I also hate winter! Great idea...

Permanent Nomad said...

This is such a great idea, and I really enjoyed your selection! Kudos to the author for remaining calm and patient throughout...I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to do it. Anyone else?

Lindsey said...

I'm in!!! I never finished the books for bookclub - ever! But I was all over the wine and snacks. ;)

jessd6 said...

this sounds awesome! the article looks really interesting!

Alyssa English said...

I read this article a year or 2 ago and it blew me away! I can't even begin to express how much I admire that woman's strength and way of breaking away from her natural emotional based response.
In this day in age when divorce is so common I am impressed when people actually put effort into and go to extremes when trying to save their marriage!

thirtythreadbaremercies said...

First of all, an article club is an incredible idea. People feel daunted by a book club, articles are best for busy moms and the like who want to feed their brains/souls but have limited time. Secondly, that particular article brought me to tears. If my husband and I ever get to such a point in our marriage, I can only pray I will have her faith and patience. Thank you for the inspiration.

Catherine said...

Love that idea. Also, did you already post that article a couple years ago? I think I found it through your blog. I read it just a few months before my own wedding and it has always stuck with me. While nothing that drastic has happened in my marriage (yet), I think it is an amazing way of thinking that has helped strengthen my young relationship with my husband and stay in control of arguments.

This is a link from my own blog where I re-posted the article (back in 2009) and talked about you and my recent discovery of your blog. ;)

http://catherineincalifornia.blogspot.com/2009/09/insightful.html

mary said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea!! Definitely going to do it with my pals...

Annie Dog said...

What a great idea! Perfect way to make it through a rough winter. :)

And the proposed first article is great, I loved reading it.

Anonymous said...

A great idea!!!! I have an article ready to share. :) So much more doable than a book club. LOVE IT!

Charlotte Minty said...

Wow - what an article!

rachel kirk peterson said...

what a fantastic idea! i am currently in a book club, and sometimes the books get tedious. plus, articles are oftentimes newsworthy (which is great for discussion).

Lauren at TwIn Style said...

What a great idea. I don't often start books because I never know when I'll have time to finish them, but I read articles all the time. And because my husband leaves them around the house all the time, I've found that articles in sports magazines are actually some of the most interesting ones out there.

June said...

Jo, this sounds great! The group could even get some face-time through a Google+ hangout or something like that:

http://www.google.com/support/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1215273

Miranda said...

Wow. I love the idea, and I love the article. It left me in tears of admiration for such an unselfish and mature reaction to a major relationship blow. I wonder if I would ever be as strong?

My book club met last night and 1 of 5 had read the book entirely (I'm on page 40:) This seems a great solution to that particular problem!

Though I need someone like you to choose the articles since I'm not up on any...

Sara said...

This is an awesome idea! Maybe I will have to start an Article club here at my college!

Ranu said...

Brilliant idea! And I love that Modern Love article. Actually, I love most of them! :) I'm in for the online club! And kind of want to start my own.

Kim said...

I'm in! Articles- I can do. Great idea!

Whitney said...

I love it! Yes!

I actually had the same kind of brainstorm the other day while making Chinese dumplings to freeze and I decided to liven up the winter by starting a cooking co-op.

Members take turns leading the group in making something they're good at or trying a new recipe- then everyone eats together or takes home some freezer or pantry ready products.

I'm so excited to get started!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

Love love love!

This article is insane. I think it's genius.

Another great article is http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/11/all-the-single-ladies/8654/4/

check it out.

Tragic Sandwich said...

I love this idea! I already have a lot of books waiting in the wings, but I can definitely squeeze in an article. What a terrific idea to share thoughts on a topic!

stellasstyle said...

I'm in! :)

Trina said...

I totally have "Those Aren't Fighting Words, Dear" pasted away in a scrapbook somewhere. There's a lot to that about reading between the lines! Fun idea. :) Articles seem well suited to a blog format.

Melissa said...

I would love to give this a try. That article has affected me in a profound way. I am really chewing on it mentally right now.

Julia said...

Love this idea!

I'm a slow reader, so keeping up with a book club isn't a fun thought for me, but articles...no articles I can do! I can't even read them online during downtime at work - is my boss reading this - so it's perfect!

Great idea, Joanna!

JenV said...

I'm down!

Kelly R said...

Whitney, I love that idea! Any chance you're in NYC so I can come? ; )

Love the article club idea. I just read the Modern Love article. When are we starting the discussion?

elizabeth said...

Yes, I'd love this! When will we begin!

Lucy said...

brilliant idea, but how can you hate winter? i love it!

melissa said...

Great article! I think if we more frequently give our partner's the space they need to be themselves and grow with out restricting them and holding them accountable to a certain routine, relationships would thrive and remain intact. It takes a strong person to do this!

Cataloging My Life said...

you are brilliant! I'm in! can't wait :)

joanna @ things after the rings said...

This is a great idea! I get seasonal blues too and would love something like this. And you always choose fascinating things!

I also read the article. Thanks for sharing. When do we discuss?

Oh, and when is relationship Thursdays starting? I've been checking each week since you mentioned it! I hope this is still in the plans!

I'm Ali said...

I'm in Jo! xox

alexandramrodriguez said...

I'm in, let's do it!

Jess{BecauseImTwentySomething} said...

We don't have many rainy days here in LA... but I love the idea and will try to join along =)

http://becauseimtwentysomething.blogspot.com/

eRin said...

Oh, let's please! I love to discuss the things I read with friends, but no one is ever reading what I'm reading! And articles are much more manageable for a club!

Lewis said...

I love this idea! I'm in! I also love this article. Her book about the same topic is great - I actually read it for my book club, and it made for a really interesting discussion.

Rachel said...

I LOVE this idea! Book clubs can be hard to stick with sometimes. :) This seems great! I also hate the winter and try to find things to look forward to. This would be fun. Perhaps I'll start one here in Nashville.

Nerissa said...

I am in!

This is a great idea, as a mother of a 1 year old, I feel lucky when I can catch up on the New Yorker, etc, much less my books.

I read a few months ago about a bunch of women who started a New Yorker club in Washington, DC (where I live).

Emikos Werid Unexplained thoughts said...

wonderful i would love to sign up and do it. I think its so much better than a book club. Articles are strait sweet to the point and you can even change them up.

Nelah said...

What a nice idea. After having a baby I felt I have lost my reading leisure time. I love to read and discuss my thoughts.

*~LoVe & Strenght~*....52NewDays

Tracy Fontaine said...

Fantastic idea! Growing up, I frequently teased my father about how often the words, "I read an article recently..." came out of his mouth. Of course, now I'm the one constantly saying the same.

Thanks for this article too. It so perfectly sums up what I've been trying to encourage amongst friends going through a similar experience lately. If only they could be so strong...

jacquelyn | lark + linen said...

love your idea! So much easier than having to commit to an entire book (that you may or may not even like)

I must have read that article 100 times in the past. I think it's so amazing.

leilani.e said...

Yes please, I love this idea!! I'm a little biased as long-form journalism is what I want to do with my life, but ah well.

You should check out longform.org, my narrative non-fiction prof mentioned it two years ago and it's fabulous - they send you a long piece every Saturday morning (the last was Elizabeth Gilbert's piece on Hank Williams III-!!!) it's become my personal article club.

Bethany said...

It's times like these I wish I lived in New York! Yes, I would LOVE to be a part of it - online. :)

Kimber said...

I'm right there with you...I can hardly stand the long dreary winter, and every year it's a struggle to motivate myself to do anything at all. But I LOVE this articles club idea! I would definitely enjoy the online interaction, but I may have to set up something local too. Simply brilliant! Thank you!

Tanya said...

I love the idea! And would love to be a part of this articles club.

Great first article by the way. I love how she held the fort down. She was unshakable and believed that what her husband was going through was not going to be permanent.

I can't imagine how I would handle it 15 more years down the road with my husband. I wouldn't know if I can do it the same way she did. But I do hope that it won't even happen to me. That's what I'm going to believe.

Sanja said...

I love this idea. When do we start?

alejandra said...

I love the articles club idea!!! I'll go for it! When will be oye first "online" meting? Xoxo

Nikki said...

Just read the article, so much food for thought but I had the same "my happiness is up to me" attitude early on in my marriage. My happiness increased by a million percent. I also know a couple who could be this marriage and it is interesting to see it from the woman's point of view. Thanks for the great recommendation!

Katie said...

I love this idea! So in :)

genevieve said...

that's an awesome idea; please do it!

K and/or K said...

Great article!

Differentiation keeps one sane and gives the other an opportunity to become sane.

nichole (eat & be pretty) said...

i think this is an absolutely brilliant idea. not everyone has time to commit to book club discussions, but most anyone can set aside a half hr or so to discuss an interesting article. and this is a great first pick. although a bit above my maturity level and personal experience, i find it incredibly enlightening

Ittny said...

I think this is a great idea and much easier for most people to commit to in comparison to a book club.

Emily Anne said...

i really enjoyed reading that article. i'm not married yet but hearing about situations like that is always eye-opening. i really like hearing stories about people who stick it out.

Virginia said...

I adore this article; I've read it over and over since I first came across it about a year ago, and it continues to give me hope in the establishment of marriage.

And love the idea of an articles club!

Leanne said...

Just sent that to ALL my female friends. Just amazing.

Love the idea!

Nancy said...

A lovely idea! So... I would love to! I hate winters as well and I've always wanted to join a book club but I'm just not that quick on reading books... But articles are manageable! :)


Love,
Nancy

brianna said...

Yeah! Good idea.

Jane Bond said...

I LOVE this idea. I am in a book club and really enjoy it but I love love love to read and this would be such a fun way to branch out from just books! I read the article and have some opinions on it and would definitely be interested in hearing what others think too!

allyson mae said...

awesome idea! i never finish books on time either. the library has been profitable since i've been made a cardholder. :/
and also...i've read that article! it was really inspirational.

airstreamdiva said...

I love this idea! I am going to be in nyc for this fall (possibly much longer) and would love to chat with some interesting gals!

Winyan said...

Hi -- have you seen this? A bunch of busy ladies do this in DC. fits into their crazy schedules!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-new-yorker-group-a-book-club-for-the-on-the-go-washingtonian/2011/03/03/AFsq2nOE_story.html

Phoebe and Cara, the Quarter-Life Cooks said...

We've had a Magazine Club (aka "Mag Club") going on for years!! It's the best.

Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com said...

Good idea - great article!

MOD PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Ohh, I love this idea!

joeryanfishjr said...

this sounds like so much fun!

Sarah Katie said...

i love this idea. especially if we could do an online sharing type of thing. magazine articles are becoming some of my favorite things to read. short, sweet, and to the point.

Suzanah said...

oh joanna, i appreciate you! thanks for thinking of fun ways to build community and spread encouragement through a dreary winter.

THK said...

I think this is a great idea! It's much easier to commit to an article of someone else's choosing than a full book.

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Lisa said...

This is a wonderful idea! I love reading, but with a 20-month-old toddler, never have the time anymore. I just read the article you posted in 5 minutes and it had ups, downs, tears and a smile... All the points a great novel has, but within a much, much, much shorter {and more convenient} time frame. Loved it. Great idea.

dani press said...

i'm ALL in and would love to participate! kudos for coming up with such a lovely way to connect and enjoy the winter ahead! xo.

Barbara Dunkin said...

This is a great idea!! Also, that article was so powerful. That had to be some of the toughest times to deal with. I don't know if I would be able to remain so level headed.

Carren said...

Love the idea! :)

Tish said...

I actually shared this story back then with a friend going through something similar with her husband and it TOTALLY worked. They're happy as bees today.

jenessa! said...

I love this idea! I live in Nunavut, Canada (the Arctic) so it's already very dark here and it's been snowing since September. This will make me hap hap happy!

dp said...

great idea and less commitment with an article vs. a book.

SaraH said...

I love it!

seldom said...

Definitely down with this. Hurrah!

Jennifer said...

Such a great idea! I hate winter so much.. this would be a great pick-me-up! :)

Luciana Clark said...

What a great idea! Count me in!!!!

Angela said...

That's a great idea! Thank you :) Have a great day. xo

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