Hey, thanks for forgiving me the shouting, all-caps title. It’s just, if I put one idea out there this week, I hope it can help us all TAKE SERIOUSLY OUR DELIGHTS.
First, to define DELIGHT. My dictionary says the etymological roots come ultimately from the Latin — to please, to charm, to entice.
To please, yes — but. A delight is quite different from a pleasure. Pleasure is your perfect cup of coffee enjoyed in your perfect morning setting. Pleasure, in the form of satisfaction and wellness, can also result from nourishment — those activities you do (and don’t) to…
I do a lot of thinking about baking — not just about the recipes and ingredients, but the meaning of baking and baked goods. Until now I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about how baking and dating can, and should (and, in some cases, should not), go together.
But today I’m thinking about the relationship between cookies and writing.
Making cookies and doing writing are similar processes. At the most basic level, both require you to intentionally set aside some time to make a thing. Both require you to exercise discipline. To reach an enjoyable and digestible final…
For my niece, Andrea, as she starts life after high school
All is possible.
What you want is possible.
Not just the practical, but your deep-down dreams are possible.
(Believe me, this is not hollow cliché. This is phosphorescent fact.)
Every morning, every night — say it, write it: all is possible.
Practice belief like breath, get it in every cell.
Believe. Over and over, believe.
Believe in your value.
Believe that treating yourself like a precious object will make you strong. …
Because of Scott Walker and his legislative coalition, my sister, a seventh grade public school teacher, lost her public employee collective bargaining rights in 2011. My dad, a lifelong state agency employee, lost his. A year later my sister quit her job in public education and took a job with a private company based outside Minneapolis. My dad retired and moved to Duluth. They were the lucky ones — to have other options, and to live near the border with Minnesota, where a very different set of policies has led to a very different economic state.
BREATHLESS SCORN is what…
There is something so sweet about last fall’s Ina Garten cookbook.
In Cooking for Jeffrey , a collection of Garten’s delicious recipes appear alongside short narrative passages sharing the story of her classic, love-at-first-sight, lifelong romance with Jeffrey, her husband of many years.
She writes that each recipe “has been ‘Jeffrey-tested’ again and again.” She says, “Jeffrey seems to like everything I make for him, and that’s exactly why I love to cook!”
I have been a disciple of Ina Garten’s cooking for years. I adore her playful style, trust her recipes above all recipes, and share her love of…
“He was a margarine man, anyway.”
This is what my friend Amanda said of the guy — let’s call him Ryan — with whom my latest more-than-dating/not-quite-actual-relationship situation (is there a word for that?) had fizzled.
Both single and dating, Amanda and I are always trying to help each other see the truth about our relationships — no easy task when it’s your friend’s heart on the line. You want to give her the eyes you have for a relationship, as an emotionally uninvolved outsider looking in. …
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