Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Each Monday, we’ll link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you. Be sure to check in each Monday morning for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

An Improbable 6,000-Mile Boat Trip Around the East Coast
Joining up with the Great Loop, an intricate route that transforms half the United States into an island.


In the Land of Giants
Communing with some of the biggest trees on Earth.


At Stanford, Older Professionals Get a Chance to Hit the Books Again
A gap year for 60-somethings, at $65,000 a head.


The Willy Wonka of High-Tech Cooking Is Coming for Your Kitchen
Philip Preston’s inventions have already won over professional chefs. Now you’re next.


Meet the Woman Who Can See With Her Ears
Pat cranked up a “picture” of a long, gated barn fence through a pair of stereo speakers in her study, and it just about took her breath away. Something was happening in her mind’s eye, something that felt fundamentally different than simply “hearing” the sounds.


The Lonesome (and Surprisingly Appealing) Life of a Mountain Hut Caretaker
Bob Kingsley runs a luxury backcountry hut in the San Juans. Yes, it gets lonely—but he wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.