November was our biggest month yet. More than 175,000 people read a post on The Nonlinear Life in the last 30 days. Thank you!! Here are some posts that did especially well—grateful to everyone who subscribes, reads, shares, and comments.
What to Say to Someone Who's Grieving
In reading all the comments about my dad's passing last month, one phrase jumped out. And boy does it have a fascinating backstory. The response to this article was overwhelming—our most popular ever! It's a reminder that we can't get through life transitions alone. Readers from Bulletin chimed with personal stories and suggestions:
And what works for them when it comes to surviving times of grief:
What the World Series Taught Us About Men. They Love Pearls!
My beloved Atlanta Braves won the world series for the first time in two decades, so I found myself watching a lot of baseball this month. And boy was I surprised by the biggest trend! From Connell in Sally Rooney's Normal People to Harry Styles—and now the baseball diamond—male jewelry has been making a stylish and sexy comeback. One reader sounded off in the Bulletin comments about her feelings around man jewelry:
The Simple Question That Will Make Any Holiday Dinner a Success
I am thrilled to report that I'm not the only "gratitude grump!" It was great to hear from readers who were also eager to kick their own cynicism:
And eager to try out new tricks:
12 Foolproof Table Topics for Any Family Gathering
'Tis the season of family gatherings. For years I've made annual Thanksgiving questions—this year I was thrilled to share them, and even more thrilled with the response. But while these questions were designed with Thanksgiving in mind, they work for any gathering, really! So with more holidays coming, here's a second chance. The last one was the most successful for us this past weekend.
Thank you again for your warm response to this newsletter. I have lots more planned for the holidays to come, including debunking the biggest myth about Hanukkah in a few days. And while I continue writing at the same place, starting in December I'll be emailing only twice a week. I'm excited for what's to come.
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