Hello friends, good morning! Let’s nod our heads knowing we get another Sunday here together.
I’ve got a record playing this morning: Bill Evans. It sounds like he’s in the room even though he lived his entire life before mine even started. Did you know that Bill Evans named his son Evan? Oh the places a very cursory Google search can take you.
I’m not the only person who had trouble sleeping last week. Apparently it was something about the full moon and the tides and how our bodies are mostly water and the moon gets at us. It’s science? It’s something.
This week has had its storms and sunshine, literally. It’s small successes and short list of pressing problems to solve. I’ve logged more miles running (and actually enjoy it?) and I very much need to call the dentist (but will absolutely procrastinate on that for a bit longer). Life stuff, you too? This weekend I’m driving a few hours outside of New Orleans to canoe in a swamp with Will. Sounds about right. I hope you build something new into your weekend, too.
These are the flowers I’ve lived with this week: very generous, very fragrant, pink roses from the grocery store. This is the offering this week. It assumes you’ve taken in all the newsy news you’ve wanted this week. We’re reaching beyond the news and into our lives together. As always, take only what you need:
I meant to thank you last week. Thank you for telling me to pause on replanting my orchid!
• Ann Patchett always writes the most true thing and we are all the better for it: How To Practice (The New Yorker)
• I appreciate this small glimpse of parenting around the world. There’s A Better Way To Parent: Less Yelling Less Praise. (The Atlantic)
• Black chefs stirred the pot for New Orelans’ cuisine. But today, they are hard to find (USA Today)
• Preservation Hall is one of the most beautiful places in New Orleans. A 10000% must visit for music if you’re here. Here’s a podcast interview with its leader Ben Jaffe on taking over his parents’ legendary jazz venue. Ben calls New Orleans the Paris of the United States and I really love that thought. It’s a really beautiful listen from a place so intrinsic to this city. (BBC)
• Surf’s Up. The Temperature Isn’t. I’m having a hard time motivating myself to get into an indoor pool to swim because I don’t feel like getting wet. This piece is beautiful and you shall now find me in a wet suit in the ice. I respect these brave, cold-hardy people. (New York Times)
• Please please watch this video about the last trap fishing family in Rhode Island: Cory Wheeler Forrest . It’s beautiful. (Xtratuf)
• The airport always feels in an in-between space to me. A place of intense transition. I’ve always thought it must feel strange to work in an airport, to have so much rush and changemaking around you but to LIVE in an airport? What a trip. And truly, super clever. How some people can end up living at the airport for months – even years at a time. (The Conversation)
• I have it on good authority (Good Authority being my friend Anastasia) that this is our next podcast rabbit hole: Welcome To Your Fantasy (Gimlet Media)
• James Baldwin’s advice on writing and the creative process. I was left nodding. (Instagram)
• File this under Sweet Things We Can Do: Embroidered shamrock handkerchief. (The House That Lars Built)
• I find so much inspiration on the blog HonestlyWTF and have absolutely added this DIY Gemstone Chain to my summer make list.
• Jon has a recipe for sheet pan fish and chips I plan to make during this Lenten season. (The Candid Appetite)
• Two old lemon recipes that I’ve been craving: Meyer Lemon Brûlée Bars and Lemon Raspberry Breakfast Rolls. (Joy the Baker)
• Oh my goodness these Strawberry Sweet Rolls look good! (Butter Be Ready)
• Nobody asked and yet here we are with a Peanut Butter Cup without chocolate. Wait… did one of you ask? (Complex)
• This week last year. Last trip before The Panini: Let It Be Sunday, 261. (Joy the Baker)
Enjoy your day!
My love to you.
I guess I’ll be into rolls for breakfast pretty soon!!
I love you Joy. I’ve been coming here you. si days for years, and saved this one for a Tuesday as a birthday treat. Thru your words and selections, I feel like I get a glimpse of what a beautiful person you are. Thank you for this practice!
Oh Joy, thank you for the Practice story. It was just what I needed! Also that parenting story is 100% spot on the absolute gospel truth on children.
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Just chuckled out loud at the end of How to Practice. What a wonderful read! Last year, I read The Dutch House and lived it, so I’ll have to explore more Ann Patchett.
I enjoyed all of these offerings. Thank you for a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Loving all the lemon and strawberry recipe links..
My husband shared that same parenting article from The Atlantic with me this week (not his usual M.O. either). Really interesting and makes so much sense.
Thank you so much for the”Practice” story…it was wonderful. I wanted the square green serving plate and one of the typewriters.
Beautifully and warmly written.
I look forward to these every Sunday! Thanks for collecting these each week.
Good morning, Joy! I can tell you that after this comment, and after breakfast, I will be cleaning out cupboards, drawers and closets! In January, my MIL passed, and our two daughters were home. So, in my parents pragmatic way, I dove in. I brought out my jewelry box, and offered the jewelry I no longer wore to my girls; the ruby ring ( birth stone) that my parents gave me for my high school graduation (1981!), the ring from college graduation, earrings I no longer wore. At first, the girls were a little creeped-out about it, thinking it was a solemn occasion. I said to them, “Wear them now, whenever you want. That way it’s not a sad occasion when you take them from your jewelry box to wear.”
I am a collector of coffee mugs. I simply love them. My cupboard was groaning under the weight. So, I pulled them down, saved my favorites, and donated the rest, hoping they would become someone else’s favorite very soon.
Thank you for sharing that story. I passed it along to my family and friends as my Sunday offering.
Preservation Hall is a gem that needs to be treasured. Wonderful listen. Thank you for Julia and Roger’s jambalaya last week. So delicious! Will be trying your Meyer Lemon bars, as my Meyer lemon tree is heavy with ripe fruit currently. Thank you for your inspirations. Happy canoeing!