Hello friends. Happy Sunday!
Wow you really came through for me this week.
The comments you left on the Here’s What We Know post were staggering, generous, and so beautiful. Thank you! If you have a moment or two after you browse through the Sunday links, head over and read through the comments on the post. There are over 100 of you sharing such encouraging and insightful words. It feels like you’re sharing the sentiments that get you through – and gosh, aren’t they universal?
Here’s one offering you left that is ringing through my ears. “it is a serious thing // just to be alive / on this fresh morning / in this broken world.” ? Red Bird
I spend a majority of last week in New York City with my parents and sisters. Together we celebrated my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary and my dad’s 70th birthday. We talked mostly in memories. We laughed so much. It’s such a wonder to have a life of shared experiences with people. So much love.
The offering this week is below. The invitation: take what you need and enjoy the rest of this fine day.
• I felt like my eyes couldn’t read this fast enough and never wanted it to end: The Book of Prince. Here’s a listen that makes sense for this reading: The Beautiful Ones. (The New Yorker and Spotify)
• This isn’t another horror story about black motherhood. (Washington Post)
• We need a rehab system that addresses what today’s opioid epidemic looks like. This created a pit in my heart. She spent more than $100,000 on drug rehab. Her son still died. (Vox)
• This episode of The Daily: Walmart Enters the Gun Control Debate. (New York Times)
• I can’t believe so many of you all have done this. You amaze me. The Quickening: a story of two births. (The Atlantic)
• Why Are We Obsessed With Other People’s Daily Habits? Because we want to optimize our own lives while simultaneously comparing ourselves to others and procrastinating? Maybe that’s just me. (Buzzfeed)
• “If the outside is perfect, the inside must be too.” I mean… right? I Gooped Myself (The Atlantic)
• Summer seems to end quickly in spirit, not in weather. I’m going to ease into this new season and these will surely help: Ina Garten’s Apple Pie Bars. I’m ready to bake with apples, nowhere near ready for pumpkin spice anything. (Joy the Baker)
• Last week I had a big pot of this gumbo simmering away on my stovetop and few things are better: Donald Link’s Chicken and Andouille Gumbo. (Saveur)
• I wear a lot of Everlane because I love how simple and chic their clothes are – and because all their clothes look good together so it makes getting dressed super easy. Now I have a corduroy to work with and I’m very excited. (Everlane)
• I am very much smitten by this hydroponic farmstand: Lettuce Grow. (Lettuce Grow)
Have a wonderful day!
My love and appreciation to you.
Extremely Amazing work!!
“Why Are We Obsessed With Other People’s Daily Habits? Because we want to optimize our own lives while simultaneously comparing ourselves to others and procrastinating? Maybe that’s just me.”
Do I even need to read the article now… You’ve summed it up perfectly. :)
Like the others, I do appreciate your Sunday posts. This week, I’ll be driving to San Jose to find my kitchen things and soon after that, it will start coming together.
Once the kitchen of Zen is in, I’m going to start a holiday cookie business. I’ve wanted to do it for years and it’s now or never. If it doesn’t work out, there’s always cybersecurity to fall back into.
The Quickening…that was the best thing I have ever read. My best friend had an ED and she said has never felt more understood than after reading this piece. And the descriptions of pregnancy…spot on, I couldn’t stop crying!
You brighten my day! Thanks!
As a pediatric neurology resident, my days are often spent seeing people experience some of their darkest and brightest moments. It can often feel like a very heavy load to carry, but “Here’s What We Know” was also a much-needed reminder that it is an incredible privilege to be a part of these moments and help my patients through them. And also that I’m allowed to take care of myself between those moments. Your weekly Let It Be posts are always a welcome and bright moment of self-care in my week, whether it is coming home late from the hospital or having a Sunday morning off with coffee on the porch. Thank you.
Hello Joy, i have been following you for years. Ever since my daughter bought me your first cookbook, which is water, sugar and salt stained from all the times I have used it. Thanks for your Sunday posts, I have passed on some of your music choices to my husband as he teaches indoor cycling classes on Wahoo’s. I often leave comments but I never see them posted Hopefully you see this one or I figure out what I’m doing wrong.
Thank you. I so enjoy my Sundays with you.
Thank you Joy, a wonderful day too!
I do so love your “Let it Be Sunday” post.
I look forward to it every week. Sometimes, like today, I can read it at the kitchen table that looks out a big window into downtown Dallas.
Other times, I’m catching it on the fly, at work, between guests and TMs needing my attention.
Either way, it is always a beautiful, refreshing, thought-provoking piece.
Thank you for sharing beauty, humor and grace. ??
The Gooped article is so insightful. Still we believe that beauty and wellness can come out of a bottle. And a very expensive one. Too bad we women don’t see our worth through our minds and actions.
Thank you for sharing that story about two births. I could have easily have written it and find it comforting that I’m not alone in many of those things bought and feelings. XO
So, wonderful, I’m touched, too!
And I belong also to those who are interested in other people’s daily habits.
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena