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 …

Video: “Hear Blessings Dropping Their Blossoms,” Rumi + Utah Spring Flowers

Quite possibly I have been overgramming Utah's spring flowers, but I have never been so grateful for these transient beauties! There are far too many photos to share anywhere, but I created a video to remember this spring. It begins with a gorgeous quotation from Rumi that captures a key practice in the art of striving: …

{a r c h i v e + p h o t o g r a p h y} Anna Atkins, cyanotype, and scientific illustration

  Over on Instagram, I featured a couple of images from the New York Public Library's digital collections. These gorgeous, ghostly images come from the library's copy of Photographs of British Algae by Anna Atkins, the first female photographer, and an amateur botanist. This was also the first book to be produced entirely using photographic methods. Read more …