Hello my friends!
Can you believe that these gorgeous hibiscus flowers bloom for one day, bring all of their shine and beauty, and then wilt the next? All that effort and beauty for one day. It’s incredible. It blows my mind every time I see these flowers. It inspires me to make the most of my day … and maybe put on some pink lipstick, too.
How has your week been? Real question, though you can also just answer it for yourself as you reflect on the week on what I hope is a day of (at least some) rest for you. Does that work as a sentence? I had a photoshoot for a paper towel company as well as a private cooking class at The Bakehouse this week! It was exciting and left me feeling very grateful for the space we’ve created in New Orleans.
I hope you get what you need today. Coffee and rest, right?
The offering this week is below. Thank you again for being here so reliably every Sunday. It means so much to me.
• . Have you listened to the In The Dark podcast about Curtis Flowers? He was tried six times for the same crime. After maintaining his innocence and winning each appeal he was tried again and again by the same prosecutor. In better, recent news: Curtis Flowers wins an appeal to the US Supreme Court. (American Public Media)
• . What if the grasshopper only looked like it wasn’t working. Rest as the invisible work of creativity: You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything. I’m going to let these words absorb into my skin. You too? (The New York Times)
• . The measure of longevity: The Power of One Push-Up. (The Atlantic)
• . The writing of this piece was difficult for me but let’s please not let that take away from acknowledging Queen Alanis, pregnant and otherwise wonderful in the world. I played this sleeper Alanis song after reading this article: That I Would Be Good. I’m not crying, you’re crying. (Self)
• .Here’s a really good question: Why isn’t birth control better? (Vox)
• . An incredible list of books from the Washington Post: Books For The Ages. What to read from ages 1 to 100. What book are you supposed to read this year? Me: The Sprotswriter. Also I love that Julia Child is on the list though I think The Art of French Cooking should be read before 31. (The Washington Post)
• . Julia is right, morning is the most revealing time to fall in love: Building a Routine and a Romance at a Dog Park in Brooklyn. Have you listened to Julia’s new-ish podcast? It’s so thoughtful. Keep Calm & Cook On. (CNTRaveler and Stitcher)
• . Music for plants? Mmmkay, for sure! (NPR)
• .I’m working on several ice cream treat recipes to bring you next week but here’s an oldie but goodie: Cream Cheese Red Velvet Ice Cream (Joy the Baker)
That’s all this week.
Enjoy this fine Sunday, ok?
My love to you!