Ann Friedman

12/4/2020
20 : 54

The space between

Surprise me View in browser December 04, 2020 600x300 Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe—Hands and Thimble, 1919 This week 'Tis the season of lists and data, neat statistics that kinda do and
12/4/2020
3 : 44

Not buying it

Surprise me View in browser November 27, 2020 600x300 Photo by Kae Anderson on Unsplash This week Maybe you've seen one of the tweets about how, this year, Thanksgiving returned to its roots as a
11/20/2020
20 : 4

What gives?

Surprise me View in browser November 20, 2020 600x300 Olga Kozachenko on Unsplash This week The mood here today is generous and cozy. Scroll down for my annual recommendations for thoughtful gift-
11/13/2020
20 : 14

How to make an American quilt

Surprise me View in browser November 13, 2020 Scraps and threads This week When the US election result was finally called, I was in an online quilting class, learning how to sew freeform curves instead
11/6/2020
20 : 24

The waiting

Surprise me View in browser November 06, 2020 600x300 Photo by Alessia Chinazzo on Unsplash This week It's been a week of waiting. I finished my last phone and text bank shifts on Monday, and then
10/30/2020
19 : 24

Democracy saving time ends

Surprise me View in browser October 30, 2020 600x300 Pina Bausch's The Fall Dance, which is appropriate to this season in more ways than one. This week My calendar informs me "Daylight savings
10/23/2020
19 : 4

Ann's Crab Shack

Surprise me View in browser October 23, 2020 Repetition of minor joy as coping mechanism This week The crabbiness continues! But I'm finding ways to tap into small joys and meaningful actions. On
10/19/2020
2 : 34

Passive regressive

Surprise me View in browser October 16, 2020 If I stare at this sunset long enough, will I feel calm? This week I have been feeling like a grumpy, trapped teenager all week. On the podcast, we talk
10/9/2020
19 : 24

The strange experience of being present

Surprise me View in browser October 09, 2020 Perspective. This week One thing I love about writing this newsletter every week is that, unlike a tweet or an instagram comment, I can take my time. Weeks
10/2/2020
19 : 14

He is the virus.

Surprise me View in browser October 02, 2020 An anti-Trump campaign sign This week I turned off the chaotic first presidential debate after about 20 minutes, so I did not witness Trump's chilling
9/25/2020
19 : 34

Grieving for justice

Surprise me View in browser September 25, 2020 a white wall with a blue line and a black line on it Photo by Josep Martins on Unsplash This week I'm mourning two losses, both fully expected, both
9/18/2020
19 : 24

A plan and a meditation

Surprise me View in browser September 18, 2020 Just something pretty to look at. This week We've known for a long time that GoFundMe campaigns are no substitute for things like universal health
9/11/2020
18 : 4

What's burning now?

Surprise me View in browser September 11, 2020 Sallow skies This week "What's burning now?" asked a headline on the LA Times homepage yesterday. "What isn't burning now?" I
9/4/2020
18 : 39

Resurfacing

Surprise me View in browser September 04, 2020 To plunge or immerse momentarily or partially under the surface This week I'm back! Or rather, I'm in the process of coming back to my work and to
8/28/2020
16 : 24

A second helping from the newsletter buffet

Surprise me View in browser August 28, 2020 600x300 Ngaio Parr Helloooo! I'm still away from the internet, on week 2 of my late-summer break. This week you are in the capable hands of a fresh new
8/21/2020
16 : 9

A buffet of newsletters

Surprise me View in browser August 21, 2020 Squiggly lines animated gif Margot Harrington Hi, friends. I'm away from the internet for two weeks, taking a much-needed break. In my absence, I have a
8/14/2020
18 : 9

Catching the bus

Surprise me View in browser August 14, 2020 600x300 Photo by Ashley Gerlach on Unsplash This week Kamala Harris! I am excited to feel, for the first time in a long time, a twinge of something other
8/8/2020
8 : 22

Unspooled and uncorked

Surprise me View in browser August 07, 2020 Partial inventory, accurate ratio This week Here's a story about a foolish woman. It begins in March. She's just gone into isolation at home because
7/31/2020
19 : 29

The people we choose

Surprise me View in browser July 31, 2020 600x300 A 15th-century plant painting from northern Italy This week "You don't get to pick your family of origin or the place you grow up. But you do
7/24/2020
18 : 4

Being connected is being free

Surprise me View in browser July 24, 2020 600x300 Detail of a meander map by Harold Fisk This week We got the huge news that Big Friendship is a best-seller! This is exciting and joyful and satisfying.