Things I Love Lately

Great Children’s Books Celebrating Science – We are a houseful of science- and book-lovers, and this wonderful list on Brain Pickings touches both.  It doesn’t include our current favorite, On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein, but it’s a marvelous list nonetheless.

Tweet, Memory – Many, many beautiful words have been written about my friend Lisa Boncheck Adams.  Reading the eulogies that were delivered at her funeral, which I missed because I was abroad with Grace and Whit, brought me to sobs.  But this piece in the New Yorker by Dani Shapiro is my favorite.  Not least because Dani so beautifully describes a feeling I share, which is being private despite writing personal things.  But most of all because she brings Lisa and her brave, powerful, beautiful persona so vividly to life.  Flowers, corgis, illness, Sharpies, birthday cards, fierce love, and unwavering acceptance of reality’s brutal face: that was Lisa.

Primary – I absolutely love this new company, whose mission is to offer affordable, high-quality basics for children.  I just wish that my children weren’t about to age out of it, because I love the simple designs, bright colors, and quality fabrics, as well as the price point and the company’s focus and mission.

What Would My Mom Do? – This piece made guffaw at the same time as I felt its undeniable wisdom sink in.  Yes, we’ve gone too far, our generation has.  I love what Jen says about how her mother majored in the majors and minored in the minors.  I would say the same of my mother, whose example is one I strive to emulate every day.

Thirteen Windows – Kristen’s beautiful piece on Brain, Child brought tears to my eyes.  She captures so beautifully something I’ve thought about a lot, which is the way in which childbirth is our introduction to all the ways in which parenting is out of our control.  I love Kristen’s writing, and this piece is one of my very favorites.

Tinker Crate – I subscribed to Tinker Crate for Whit for his birthday and he’s loving the projects.  I’ve also sent Kiwi Crate subscriptions to other kids in my life.  I love this company and in particular the ways in which Tinker Crate supports children who like to build and make things.  Let’s hear it for the next generation of makers!

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

I write these Things I Love posts approximately monthly.  You can find them all here.


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6 Comments

  1. Posted April 8, 2015 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Primary looks great – and now I have littles in my life to buy for. 🙂

  2. Isabelle
    Posted April 8, 2015 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    Love this! Especially What Would My Mom Do? and the science books list. Another source I love for kids science books is http://www.nsta.org –they publish an annual list on their website. I am currently reading Elephant Company by Vicki Croke enjoying it.

  3. Posted April 8, 2015 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Lindsey, I’m honored to be on this list (and I am a Kiwi Crate gifter too). Thank you. I wholeheartedly agree about Dani’s words about Lisa–it was such a poignant tribute. I still cannot believe Lisa is no longer here with us, and I am sorry that you were unable to attend her funeral. I know you two had a lovely bond, and I miss seeing the #sameperson banter in my feed. xo

  4. Posted April 9, 2015 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    So much goodness here. And I am sorry for the loss of your friend. I had read her here and there and she was singular.

  5. Posted April 9, 2015 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    Adding Primary to my list to check out… have been so frustrated shopping for clothing recently for the kids!

  6. Posted April 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Great list and love seeing Kristen’s here.