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?

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  1. Posted April 7, 2014 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I can never thank you enough for inviting me to write something for This Is Childhood. xoxo

  2. Posted April 7, 2014 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Ditto what Tracy said, was a very special day. I had no idea the friendship it would bring. xo

  3. Posted April 7, 2014 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Love this series that brought us all together!!! Thank you for all of your work in seeing it through!! XOXOXO

  4. Posted April 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    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…

  5. Posted April 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    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

  6. Posted April 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Permalink


  7. Posted April 7, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I am forever grateful to you for this project, and our ten. YOU are what I love lately (always!)! xo

  8. Posted April 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    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.

  9. Posted April 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

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

  10. Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    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.

  11. Posted April 7, 2014 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to you, my sweet friend! Someday, I’ll see you in person and give you big, big hugs.

  12. Posted April 8, 2014 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on the book! How absolutely wonderful!! xox

  13. Posted April 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    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…

  14. Posted April 8, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for these links. I love the Keeping Busy article and can so identify with it. Also congratulations on the book!

  15. Posted April 8, 2014 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Excited for these nuggets – will check them out! xox

  16. Posted April 9, 2014 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    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:)