My cousin Alice lives in Portugal and cares for a farm of horses, cows, geese, ducks, and sometimes bees. I’ve lost track of how many. She posts gorgeous and adorable pictures of farm life—including the one above—on Instagram (@farmmeral).
- This month’s Now Reading is up today at Literary Mama. Follow along with our page on GoodReads!
- Nina’s advice column about friendship gave me something to ponder. Have you ever heard of the five friendship accelerators? Fascinating stuff. She also informed me about the Mid, which reprinted three of my essays this week:
- Grace is Good Enough for Us, via Momastery. I’m glad not to be the only mother with a monster inside her (p.s. I love her Instagram account).
- 25 Struggles Only ENFPs Will Understand, via Thought Catalog. This is 100% me; how bizarre it is to have your personality reduced to a list of 25 bullet points. Kind of cool, actually. “8. Everyone thinking you’re flirting with them, all of the time” explains a lot about my relationships with guys in high school/college. Hm.
- Oh, to be Fran Lebowitz for just one day. “Can you imagine if women tried as hard as drag queens? We’d be a much more attractive culture.” Not to mention an exhausted one. Spoken like a true woman with no children.
- After a dry spell, there’s good stuff in The Atlantic:
- How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety. “…avoiding unpredictable situations might rob people of opportunities to disprove their own worries.”
- “Humans are creating so much media that we can’t possibly look back at all of it.”. Yikes.
- Use of antibiotics in animals raised in Russia and China will cause us problems here even if we don’t eat that meat.
- Political funnies: Who is Ted Cruz? by The Onion. Heh. I was also delighted by this dishy WaPo article on the Rayburn office decorating style of a certain congressman. That kind of horrid taste simply MUST be discussed no matter the aisle.
- Good ones this week! I’m sharing two very special episodes of This American Life, both on the topic of home and how it can influence what kind of life you have (#512: House Rules & #520: No Place Like Home).
- A great companion to #520 is an older episode of Strangers called Alfredo Corchado: Midnight in Mexico about a Mexican-American immigrant who grew up the son of migrant farm workers and had an opportunity later in life to report on conditions in his home country.
- I’m looking forward to—slash—dreading this session at Muse & The Marketplace, during which Steve Almond will read to the audience the first page of attendees’ manuscripts, while a panel of authors listen and stop him when they hear something don’t like and explain why. Trial by fire! Terrifying, but you wouldn’t miss it, right? I figured it was an event that would help make the costly price of admission worth it, so I signed up. GULP.
- I get less out of Goop posts than I used to (read: official break-up below), but I did enjoy the “See” Netflix streaming series. I like this “best of movies” list and this list of foreign TV shows.
- Monica Lewinsky’s 2015 TED Talk on the culture of shame. You can also read a summary of the discussion here. And did you read last year’s Vanity Fair article? Prior to reading that article, I hadn’t given her much thought after the late ’90’s and had probably laughed at some inappropriate jokes. I’m glad she’s opening up our eyes to the real story behind that media storm, i.e. the betrayal of her confidence by Linda Tripp and a public humiliation cyber-bullying on a scale never before seen in history.
- I have a lady-crush on chef Vivian Howard, of the PBS show A Chef’s Life; I’m looking forward to strawberry season so I can make this late-spring arugula salad (“late-spring,” ha, that’s the end of June around here) via Cary Magazine
- On the flip side of that lady-crush is my break-up with Goop over her beauty milk recipe. Note the ingredients include “lucuma” and “pearl.” Okay sure, no problem, let me go and find my…WAIT THAT IS BONKERS. But we all deserve a break, so in case you’re reading this Gwynnie…