Category Archives: Things I Love

Things I Love Lately

I’ll be honest.  I’m not loving a lot right now, since I’m preoccupied with what’s going on in our country.  But when I am not reading news, I’m trying to distract myself, I’ll be honest.  I’d love to hear what you are reading, thinking about, and loving lately. MARS – Whit and I are watching […]

Things I Love Lately

Great New Books – As you may or may not know, I write occasionally for Great New Books, reviewing a book I’ve loved.  At the end of the year we always publish a series of group posts, which I really love.  We shared our Best Books of 2016, our Favorite Book Quotes from 2016, our […]

Things I Love Lately

Do Not Go Gentle – this New York Times op-ed by Roger Cohen made me weep.  As in big, fat tears bouncing off my desk as I read it. His writing is glorious, but his point also resonated with me in a deep way.  I had been thinking about how I feel both sorrowful and […]

Things I Love Lately

Stronger Together – this open letter in the Harvard Crimson gave me goosebumps.  The Harvard women’s soccer team, famously described and derided in the men’s soccer team’s “scouting report,” addresses the situation.  They are named, and they speak for themselves.  I love what they say about learning to work hard, move past challenges, and that […]

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The best chocolate sheet cake ever – This is not an overstatement.  This recipe, from the Pioneer Woman, is incredible and I make it a lot (we always seem to have too much buttermilk).  I leave out the pecans.  Cannot recommend more highly.  This cake looks humble but is absolutely delicious.  A classic weeknight treat […]

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 You Don’t Need An Extreme Bucket List to Find Happiness – I loved this piece by Mary Elizabeth Williams.  “I hope someday to see Machu Picchu. I fantasize about getting my master’s degree. There is a big world full of spectacular things, and I have so much I still want to experience within it. But […]

Things I Love Lately

Seven Signs You’re Overparenting – I don’t generally love instructive posts about parenting, but I find this one illuminating.  Helicoptering is so pervasive as to be almost passe now, but I love the concrete behaviors this writer identifies to help us parents understand what it really means. Unsolicited Advice I’m Sharing with My Three Sons […]

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14 Books that Connect Students With Valuable Scientists’ Struggles – I absolutely love this list (and On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein is one of my all-time favorite picture books).  Some of these are known to Grace and Whit, and others are on order.  I love the notion that kids learn […]

Things I Love Lately: the Commencement Speech Edition

I love commencement speeches.  Some of my favorites are classics and others are new. Lin-Manuel Miranda at Penn, 2016 – “There will be moments you remember and whole years you forget.”  I had goosebums and tears in my eyes reading Miranda’s evocation of the years after college.  Oh, yes. Sheryl Sandberg at Berkeley, 2016 – […]

Things I Love Lately

Becoming the Person You’re Meant to Be – I love this round-up of quotes (all by women) on Cup of Jo.  I love what Dani Shapiro has to say about practice, Stevie Nick’s observation on the primacy of grace, and Patti’s Smith’s reminder that it’s good to be alive.  (thanks to Amanda Magee for drawing […]