Brown sugar alchemy

On Wednesday I found two 3 x 5 card boxes of my grandma's recipes hiding behind a jumble of recipe books. My Aunt Janice was the recipe keeper before I borrowed them about 10 years ago; I have had them ever since. These are the tasty relics of an earlier era: gum drop cookies. Turtles. Cranberry pudding with …

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A Girl in the War

This was a big week. I had some realizations that have helped my life continue to click into perspective a little more. This was also a big week on the world stage. Another attack happened in Manchester, UK, and this time the target was girls and girlhood and mothers and motherhood. This week had me …

Dueling dragons

The Instagram-minimal life is great for me. My relationship with social media has been fraught ever since I joined Facebook in 2007. Going without checking IG every day helps me notice how much my mood is affected by it when I do log on. As you probably guessed, the effect is not favorable! A few …

Still, it glows

  I love wood—midcentury modern furniture, sparklingly maintained wood floors, guitars, art (please join me as I swoon over Ariel Alasko's work). Wood is warm. Wood is artefactual. Wood is the memory of a tree’s self-sacrifice. A gorgeous piece of wood came into my life this week. While shopping for Mother’s Day at Salt and …