Cognitive Connection December 25: A Story-focused Edition

When I first introduced Cognitive Connection here, I said I wanted to include links to resources and tips—as well as stories that will make you think or laugh (or both).

Since I am enjoy the holidays with family today, I give you my top five story picks of the year. And, for those of you who celebrate, Merry Christmas.

  • Men’s Health. Essay by Hamilton Cain. My Son, Solved This is a beautiful, moving essay by a very gifted writer.
  • Paige Bowers. A two-part story that I absolutely love. Start with Ugly American Tourism: A Self Portrait and finish with the fun follow-up Love, American Style.
  • Betsy Lerner. The One That Got Away This is one of my all-time favorite posts by literary agent Lerner. Every time I read Mary Karr, I think of of this story.
  • Liz Sheffield Bus Debate Liz is a talented essay writer and this one of my favorites. It speaks for itself.
  • And here’s an essay from 2006, but I’m including it in this list because I discovered the author this year. Actually, I didn’t discover her. A friend sent me the book Lullabies for Little Criminals written by Heather O’Neill. (Thank you, Alex!) I love the author’s voice and writing style. This essay Almost Home gives you just a little taste.

Did you read a story or personal essay that particularly stuck with you this year? Share, please! The floor is yours.

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3 thoughts on “Cognitive Connection December 25: A Story-focused Edition

  1. Your top five? Wow. I’m not worthy. I mean, that Cain kid, he’s actually good. But me? Wow.

    Thank you.

    I guess I’m gonna have to use my blog more in 2010 now…



  2. Thank you for sharing such inspiring reading! I just read “Almost Home” and enjoyed it for the same reasons you cited.
    The topic of home is of deep interest to me. As a TCK or third culture kid, I struggle with finding the language to express what “home” means. Then I found this essay by fellow-TCK Brittani Sonnenberg, who captures it ever so beautifully. It is hands-down one of the best reads I have come across this year.

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