Things I Love Lately

This Is Childhood cover

This is Childhood – Last year, I joined 9 other writers in a series called This is Childhood which celebrated each age between 1 and 10.  I’m happy to say that the series, along with significant additional material (including a foreword by Lisa Belkin), is being sold as a book by Brain, Child.  I am biased but I think it would make a terrific Mother’s Day gift!  You can find out more and purchase the collection here.

What Would Gwyneth Do Raluca’s blog, which combines serious with fun in a way I love, is one of my must-reads.  She has terrific style, great menu ideas, and a tremendously thoughtful series on working motherhood that was a major inspiration for me when I started my own.

Writing Memories – This poignant essay by Lauren Apfel about how she wrote to capture the “slippery fish” of early childhood moments and about her effort to make the earliest years of her childrens’ lives hold still rang very true for me.  She says, perfectly, that “in between the task of chronicling life is the business of living it,” and describes how her writing about her children has changed as they get older.  Beautiful, powerful, thought-provoking: this is wonderful writing.

I Refuse to be Busy – While I love all of KJ Dell’Antonia’s writing on Motherlode, this post struck a particular chord.  I’m grateful for the reminder of something I believe deeply, that all of life is a choice.  Being busy or frantic or not is in large part about our mindset, and the choices we make about our time reflect that which we value.  Let’s all be deliberate about how we spend our only zero-sum resource, our time.

Keepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen
– I’ve been meal planning.  I KNOW.  It feels awfully grown up, and only a small step past flossing, which I’ve also begun doing regularly.  I must be getting ready to turn 40.  Anyway, this is my new favorite cookbook.  I adore it!

 What are you reading, thinking about, and loving lately?

I share these Things I Love Lately posts approximately monthly.  The others are all found here.

16 thoughts on “Things I Love Lately”

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed that series, which introduced me to you and many more great writers! I agree that the book will make a great gift for Mother’s Day! Off to order some…

  2. Cheers to you, for the idea and for extending a hand to me. What an amazing thing to see your idea actualized. Love to you and hooray for our book!! xox

  3. I recently checked out Keepers from the library and am going to buy it. Also, if you loved that KJ Dell’Antonia piece you would love Brigid Schulte’s “Overwhelmed,” which I read in just a few days. I thought of you often while reading it.

  4. Wow!! A book! How amazingly awesome! And I just made shrimp from Keepers tonight. It is most certainly my favorite cookbook at the moment!

  5. Thanks for introducing me to that What Would G Do blog. I scrolled through a bunch of posts and it’s so up my alley.

  6. Thank you, thank you for sharing! I loved the “Keeping Busy” article-we always say that everyone is busy, we all have the same amount of time, it’s just how we choose to use it. Loved hearing her echo those same thoughts…

  7. These posts are such little treats. I also love the blog What Would Gwyneth Do? I have always been a Gwyneth fan. I have been using her cookbook a ton and LOVE IT. I will check out Keepers. Thank you for this indulgence:)

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