An Open Letter to a Nursery-School Mom from a Sixth-Grader’s Mom: This piece by Catherine Newman, oh my God. I love every word the woman writes (in fact, many years ago I shared some of her words with the not-ambiguous title of The Great Catherine Newman). But this piece, oh. Oh. It gutted me. I’ve often looked at the pre-K and K parents at school, marveled at how I was one of them moments ago, at how I looked at the parents of the Big Kids and had all the same questions. They seemed glamorous and tired and old all at the same time. And now I’m one of them (mostly tired and old, not so much glamorous). Read this piece now.
Hope Floating: This raw, painful, beautiful piece by Robin Schoenthaler on Full Grown People made me weep. I’m privileged to know Robin, and I love her work, every word of it, but this is among my favorite pieces I’ve read by her. “Lying there laughing, I feel them like a flash flood, the raw and precious lives that led us here...” Simply extraordinary.
The Definition of Hell for Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type: Thanks to Hilary for sending this to me. Oh, so hilarious.
In a Mother’s Library, Bound in Spirit and in Print: Jessica sent me this marvelous piece, which I read shortly after the similarly-themed and likewise lambent A Mother’s Cookbook Shares More than Recipes (thanks, Randye Hoder). I have my grandmother’s Silver Palate Cookbook and absolutely adore the record of her handwriting, so familiar it almost aches to read it, in the margins. My father’s habit is to inscribe his books, in his fountain-pen script that I know as well as my own, with the date he bought them and where, in the frontispiece. There is so much in the paper pages of books, whether cooking, novel, or nonfiction. I love these two pieces for evoking that.
Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies: I love chocolate chip cookies. So much that we had them at our wedding, in fact. I bake them a lot. I made these this past weekend and they are without question the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made. Not exaggerating. I used a combo of regular chocolate chips and bittersweet chocolate chips. I think the salt flakes on top are crucial. Thank you Nina Badzin for drawing my attention to this recipe. Go, make them now!
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