[H]ello! Happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day! I’ve been thinking a lot lately about some of the lessons I’ve learned from my mother. The lessons mostly involve kindness, compassion, understanding, how to clean a toilet, the timeframe within which a thank-you note is appropriate, and how to donate everything and throw nothing at all away.
My mama is a gemstone and I am richly blessed to grow up under her care. She also makes a really delicious Bundt cake and the smell of her perfume is embedded in my happy-home brain.
I hope your day is spent with people you love.
If you need some words to read, here is the Internet this week:
• A Free Life In Iraq. The life of a heroic journalist fighting for for the future of Iraq.
• The tragic and powerful story of Madison Holleran. I read this days ago and it’s still on my mind. Depression doesn’t always look like we’d expect, especially when passed through all of our social filters: Split Image.
• I love you, California. I miss you madly. Photographer Pieter Hugo captures San Francisco’s most infamous neighborhood: The Tenderloin.
• The Pseudoscience of Beauty Products. Can I get some straight answers about what to do about these wrinkles on my neck or… no? That’s just natural? But isn’t there some sort of cream for that…?
• How a watch can make you bigger, better, faster, and stronger. Or not. Upon This Wrist: a week with the new thing.
• How shadows are changing New York City: light and prosperity.
• A dude on a skateboard to park your car. Someone to do your laundry, make you dinner, bring you a cocktail, and give you a massage. All the people to meet all of your needs… all on your smartphones. There’s An Uber For Everything Now.
• Why Do Cats Purr (and why can’t I)?
• Last year I read Maya Angelou’s autobiography Mom & Mr & Mom. It’s been on my mind since today is Mother’s Day. Such a beautiful life.
• Cropped and Ferned. Find me in this all summer long.
• Always do what Mama Says.
I think you are wonderful. Have the best Sunday!