A friend recently clued me in to the Health app and now—surprise—I’m obsessed with tracking my steps. Last month, I told you about curbing my addiction to social media and I’ve essentially traded in one timeline for another. But, hey, at least this one’s healthier? However, like any other fixation, I have to reign it in a bit. I was recently standing with someone having a conversation when I thought to myself, “This could be a walk.” I’m a monster.
Anyway, I feel like I’m the last person on the planet to discover this marvel. But if you want to know how to track your steps on your phone, send me a DM and I’ll gladly welcome you into the 21st century.
Below are some other groundbreaking discoveries from my month and happy stepping!
• No matter how many times I make my Grandmom’s recipes, they never turn out as good as the dishes she used to make.There’s just something magical about a grandmother’s cooking. So I loved K’eguro Macharia’s guest post on cooking with rural grandmothers. (The Real Sarah Miller)
• Here’s the most perfect article I’ve read in a long while: “The Terrifying Car Crash That Inspired a Masterpiece.” (New Yorker)
• Have you listened to the new Bjork album? Have you read this conversation between Bjork and Ocean Vuong? Have you ever wanted to cry while reading an interview? (AnOther)
• Necessary viewing: artists share their powerful designs in solidarity with women in Iran. (Dezeen)
• Sam Anderson’s profile of Sharon Olds is…poetry. (New York Times)
• “Taste buds have muscle memory too — the sensation of the sweet and tangy pureed peach danced on my tongue, a delayed reunion of deliciousness.” Alice Wong on life with a feeding tube. (Eater)
• There’s a wealth of lol’s streaming right now. From new seasons of Abbot Elementary and Derry Girls to the Hacks-esque show, Reboot, it’s hard to choose how I’ll get my kicks each night. What are you watching? (Hulu + Netflix)
• I was sitting in a Nashville doctor’s waiting room when the news of Loretta Lynn’s death broke, causing a group of strangers to give a collective groan. Hanif Abdurraqib’s tribute to her mighty life will move you. (New York Times)
• This long read on growing a personal library is swimming with ideas. I’m especially intrigued by the thought of collecting books that speak to each other. (Psyche)
• It’d be a dream come true to visit Croatia with Abby. What a killer post. (Cup of Jo)
• Amen to this hot take on the total lack of aimless slacker heroes in pop culture. Where are all the losers? (Dirt)
• So I was tooling around YouTube, looking for soap carving tutorials to help my kid earn his Cub Scout whittling badge, when I was sucked into the world of soap sculpting ASMR. As one does. (YouTube)
• Have you read any of Colleen Hoover’s mega bestsellers? Her back story is amazing. Which one should I start with as a Hoover newbie? (New York Times)
• Among the few things I miss about living in LA—the sushi, mainly—is our old congregation and the coolest rabbi I’ve ever known. So, in lieu of a podcast rec this month, I’m suggesting Rabbi Sharon Brous’s sermon on banned books. (Ikar)
• And, finally, oops. I’m 100% guilty of doing this. (Instagram)