We were a Hut family, meaning that Pizza Hut was the chain pizza chain we preferred and which I treasured as the world’s greatest treat. I dunked on Domino’s and Little Caesar’s lovers and they dunked right back on me. Regardless of family affinity, many of us shared fond memories of the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! program that gave you free pizza in exchange for reading books over the summer, a deal my child-self regarded as something akin to getting free diamonds in exchange for taking long baths.
At some point in the last couple decades, though, I’ve noticed that many of my generational peers regard “the Hut” with a uniquely strong disdain. I sometimes keep my chain pizza preferences private, but other times I feel moved to shout, “The pan crust is very good!” …
I just feel so warm and happy whenever I read along to this song-poem by the writer Sarah Miller, whose funny, frank, smart personal-plus essays are decade-defining. She writes brilliantly on Winona Ryder’s Forever Sweater, maxi dresses, The Best Abortion Ever, the emptiness of Nancy Meyers kitchens, and now WINDOWBEAR!
Sarah recently starting blogging on Medium, and I’m delighted. These lyrics in tribute to her extremely wonderful dog (I can say that from even though I have never met Sarah or her dog because that’s how “being Twitter mutuals who both have heelers” works) are like if the little songs I sang for my dogs were Actually Enjoyable For Human Brains. They are not! But Sarah’s is.
Now when I come home you’re always there
Standing on the bed, standing on a chair
Looking out the window like a Windowbear
What a strange world we find ourselves in. And yet, every morning, the sun rises as if we are supposed to get up and get on with our days, and most days, I can do at least a little of that. All things considered, I think that’s something to be grateful for.
Everything has sucked lately, so I’ve been keeping track of the things that don’t — like tamale ladies, adoptable cats in libraries, cats who think they are dogs, cats fitting into things, cats…
And another thing that doesn’t suck: this very important dog photobooth.
Alicia Kennedy’s latest Vintage Veg column covers the influential Madhur Jaffrey’s 1981 vegetarian cookbook, World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking, a book that’s breathtakingly impressive in scope and notably dated in the broad brush with which it paints all “Eastern” food — still, for a Western audience just learning to cook with spices other than salt and pepper, it must have been a revelation. A perfectly era-evocative quote…
Important news of the day: Inventor Simone Giertz built her dog Scraps a backyard photobooth that is operated by a paw pedal. That’s right folks, you heard me, a paw pedal. This is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of cute stuff in my time. It doesn’t hurt that the portrait-snapping pup looks like a children’s stuffed animal.
A few months ago, Simone introduced her YouTube fans to her new family member Scraps, the newly minted dog-tographer, who was adopted from the San Francisco SPCA. …
It’s been easy to get overwhelmed with bad news in recent months, and while it’s important to stay informed and active, it’s also important to give that overstimulated brain a bit of a break. In the interest of sharing with you what helps me, I’ve been collecting examples of things that have happened recently that don’t make the world worse, and might actually bring a smile to your face.
Good luck out there.
Last year, I asked expert Shadow Vegan Jennifer Abbotts for a ranking of plant-based Halloween candy kids actually want, and she delivered. Here’s the ultimate top five best vegan Halloween candies to add to your next delivery order or grocery run before October 31st sneaks up on us.
[Editor’s note: Red only, please!]
Read the full list to find out about the WORST vegan Halloween candies….
It’s October! Huh? Let’s get into it. Here’s what’s new to Tenderly…
That debate was rough. Here are 20 adorable, smile-inducing pictures to wash your eyes out from the toxicity of politics right now — here for you whenever you need them.
Hossein Raspberry, a new Tenderly contributor, wrote about what it was like to go vegan in Iran as a teenager, and how things have changed there since. Here’s a quote:
At first, my family, especially my little brother, couldn’t understand my desire to only eat vegetables. Today that little brother is 26 and embraces veganism. …
I was recently delighted when I came across a series of tweets from @gisel_ysbryd describing her creative new solution to an issue many cat lovers may find relatable: a cat that’s neediest when you’re working hard on your laptop. I knew one such cat — Irwin, pictured above, my truest soulmate — whose obsession with being close to me was pretty constant, but magnified by several times whenever my fingers hit those glowing keys. It was adorable, but incredibly distracting.
According to the tweets, cats may be “all over your laptop when you’re trying to work” because they want to be like you. I absolutely LOVE this explanation, but I think it’s equally likely that your cat friend is just tired of you working so hard, and wants to offer to shoulder some of the household responsibility. …
We all need a break sometimes… consider today’s Tenderly newsletter our break to you.
Step One: Take a long hot shower and sing (or just scream) along to your favorite song. Need musical inspiration? Laura’s Pet Sounds playlists contain multitudes.
Step Two: Take a quick look at this cat who thinks he’s a dog (or, as one commenter suggests, all of these dogs who think they are cats) and reflect on how our families and communities shape our selves in beautiful and unpredictable ways.
Friends of Tenderly,
As the U.S. and many other countries pass the six month mark of the Coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns and quarantine measures impacting our lives in myriad ways, many of us seem to be hitting a wall. Add to that the tension of living under an increasingly openly fascist leader who is threatening the legitimacy of an election that is now weeks away, and you have a recipe for total meltdown. Pour some “genuine terror about the future of reproductive rights” on that meltdown like lighter fluid and watch yourself burst into flames!
This week’s newsletter is coming at you late 🌚 (hello fellow night owls) and is going to be a quickie, because, well, see above. Seems like many of us are all feeling some kind of way, which is why I’m so glad that yesterday was the 21st of September. …