Monday, Monday… or more links about Election Day (which is tomorrow, by the way)

go vote

Getting the message across however I can these days… Voting is more important than ever. Please go exercise your right!

Election Day is TOMORROW here in New York, so today’s links are all about how to get yourself informed quickly. This way, when you go to the polls, which I KNOW you’re planning on doing, you can vote with confidence. Remember– all of these “smaller” elections add up to big things. Every vote counts. For reals.

First off, there is the official NYC Board of Elections Voter Guide, which I find a bit confusing, but it has all the official information you need to get yourself to the polls.

WhosOnTheBallot.org is a great resource for previewing what you are actually going to see on your own local ballot, with links to candidate’s websites, social media, etc. Plus it’s a great place to go to see if you’re registered (and to register if you haven’t already), find out exactly where your polling place is, etc… they will even set a calendar reminder for you.

My go-to, in general, is the WNYC voters guide, from our local NPR radio station. They have all of the candidates for each position, links to their websites and (this is what I love) links to a number of articles about each race, so you can go a bit deeper than just the candidate’s home pages.

The New York Times, of course, has a piece aptly titled Just Tuning In To New York’s Elections Now?, which is full of links and information to help you sort it all out before you head to the polls.

If you want the crib notes on who the reliably progressive folks are on the ballot, check out who the Working Families Party has endorsed. At the very least, if you just blindly follow their lead, you’re not going to be accidentally pulling the lever for a pro-assault weapon, anti-immigration style candidate.

Another thing I really don’t need but totally want, regardless

native union flat charger

Sometimes the secret to a good marriage is as simple as being able to share your phone charger…

In a way, this is the perfect post to come right after the one about me trying to get rid of things. Because the more stuff I usher out the door, the more stuff I discover and then subsequently desire urgently.

Like this sleek phone charger, for example. The little white cube style Apple chargers are tastefully neutral. The neon colored plugs and cords you can now find by the check out at every bog box drug store are fun. But this double USB port, charcoal grey charger is chic. Which means that maybe, just maybe, you’ll like it a tiny bit more than the white ones you are always losing. And because of that, you’ll hold on to it longer. Plus, when you are on that trip with your husband, who is constantly forgetting/losing/throwing overboard his own chargers, and his phone dies, you can both charge up your batteries at the same time.

Oh what a beautiful world.

The Goodbye Project

tori burch for target lunchbox

My Tori Burch for Target lunchbox. That I bought for myself, but that was shanghaied by my daughter.

I have too much stuff. This is an indisputable fact. Exactly how too much is up for debate, but there is no denying that I am closer to the Collyer Brothers than I am to Marie Kondo. I have read all sorts of books. I have done space clearings. I have wasted countless hours hating myself, trying to embrace the clutter as something beautiful, wishing I had a bigger apartment…

But now I have decided to turn declutterng into an art project. I figure, maybe if I take pictures of some of the things that are hardest to get rid of, it will feel easier. Plus I’m always up for making another photographic catalogue.

And so the Goodbye Project begins. I’m not photographing every object that leaves my hands, but there are certain objects that I just want to hold up above my head one last time before we part ways forever.

First up, my Tory Burch for Target lunchbox. I have never used a lunchbox, but there I was, on the Target website, suddenly feeling like I needed to have this one. It hung out on a shelf somewhere for a couple of years, until my daughter started bringing her own lunch to school. I lent it to her, just for a few weeks till she got her own, and that was the end of that. She must have used it for 4 years. But it is time for this noble lunchbox to retire. It wears its battle scars with pride, but there are so many of them… not to mention soy sauce stains too numerous to count.

And so we move on. But not without saying thank you, for all of the delicious meals you carried. And for helping my daughter acquire a taste for a more sophisticated vehicle for food carrying. You saved us from the Frozen lunchbox purgatory, and for that I will be forever grateful.

Lets take Father’s Day off the grid, shall we?

tree tent
You should seriously consider getting him one of these tree tents because they might be the coolest things I’ve ever seen, and I bet you he’s never even heard of something like this. Imagine the hours of fun…

bodum portable grill
My first choice for cooking would have been this one-use wooden grill, but since I’ve already written about it, how about considering this portable charcoal grill by Bodum? Because every dad should be able to carry a BBQ in his proverbial back packet, right?

portable solar light
I bought a couple of these solar rechargeable lights last year before we took a trip to an off-the-grid cabin in Maine and they are AWESOME.

rainbow cards
Leave it to Fredericks & Mae to take the humble playing card to the next level. Fredericks & Mae Playing Cards.

keysmart keychain
How about giving him the gift of organized keys? Keysmart Key holder.

jill platner alphabet keychain
Speaking of keys, I gave one of these to my own father (with his initials, natch) a few years ago and he still uses it… a victory I savor. Jill Platner silver keychain.

lunch bag
It’s a lunch box for the cool dad who seems like he doesn’t really care about such trivial things as lunch boxes but in reality would rather not eat than be caught dead with some random plastic bag from the drugstore. RainbowBeeDesign Lunch Bag.

Monday, Monday, or more links about how you should drop everything and go see Wonder Woman if you haven’t already, and related topics

I can honestly say that I’ve been waiting my entire life for the Wonder Woman movie to be made. And now that it is here, it does not disappoint.

Take your daughters, for obvious reasons. Take your sons because they need to believe in strong powerful women as much as your girls do. (And while we’re on the topic of boys, check out this great piece about raising feminist sons…) It is violent, so talk to your kids about that too. And about how, for this superhero, the real enemy is war itself, not the individual “bad guys” that swirl around within it.

On the off chance that you feel the need to read reviews before you go see it, here’s what they have to say at the New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Atlantic.

Frank Bruni also throws his hat into the ring, but his piece is a bit more cultural philosophy than review.

Wonder Woman, from her creation, is even more of a profound and radical feminist than most people think. The Smithsonian tells us all about her surprising origin story.

And then there was all that fuss about the all female screenings

The Mayor of Austin, TX received a letter from a guy who was clearly threatened beyond reason by the concept of a theater full of women. Here is his brilliant response.

And last but far far from least, there is Patty Jenkins the brilliant director who, against all odds, spearheaded the creation of the best superhero movie to come out in ages.

Suddenly summer…

It's time to start cooking out with the beautiful One-Way Grill from Manufactum.

The beautiful One-Way Grill from Manufactum.

I don’t know about where you live, but here in NYC, the dog days of summer are suddenly upon us. Like, it is OVER 90 DEGREES already. People are freaking out and getting all sorry that they ever wished for heat back in the days (the day before yesterday?) when it was sub 40 degrees and ice drizzling.

But I am looking on the bright side and starting to think about cooking outdoors. Maybe you’re like me and don’t have room to keep a grill in your apartment. Or maybe you want to cook on the beach, or in some campground someplace (where they allow cooking over open flame, of course).

In any of those instances, our German brothers and sisters over at Manufactum have you covered with this one-use alderwood grill. It’s designed to cook your meal to perfection, and then to cook itself into a pile of ash, which you can just sweep away. It doesn’t get much better than that, landfill wise.

Manufactum grill

Here’s the grill in prime cooking mode. Perfect coals, a little smoke, just primed to cook whatever your little heart desires.

You do need a pan or a little stainless steel metal rack to cook on (these can multitask as cooling racks for cookies or fruit pies, too!) But then you are good to go. And in the end, the whole grill burns down to almost nothing and you can sweep up and move on. The ash and carbon are great to add to compost, if you’re into that sort of thing.

manufactum wood grill

Here’s the grill all used up and ready to sweep into the surrounding earth, where it will enrich the soil and help new trees grow

Now all you have to do is figure out the menu. Manufactum One Way Grill made of Alder Wood. €11

Yesterday, at some point…

Post Comey firing protests outside of schumer office

Yesterday at 5 pm I hauled myself up to midtown to shout and wave signs and take photographs and make sure that Senator Schumer understands that we will not rest until there is an independent investigation into the whole Russia/Trump relationship.

I took lots of pictures, but this one is my favorite. Because it really does just boil down to this simple request, doesn’t it?

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Yesterday, at some point is a series of photographs that describe a moment I experienced during the previous day (or some point in the very recent past). The posts are meant to be stand alone images, though at times I can’t control myself, and I end up expanding the caption into a more lengthy bit of text. Hopefully the extra information is useful, or at least interesting.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Yep, it’s that time of year again. This year I’m feeling the need for a little more peace and nature in my life, so here’s why I’m thinking any of these items would make a nice Mother’s Day gift… For me anyway…

Horses Atelier overalls

Because Horses Atelier has managed to make a pair of overalls that are elegant without being at all precious. Yes please. Horses Atelier overalls, $310

cork ipad case
Because covering the iPad with something as organic as cork just makes it all feel better, right? Cork iPad case, $30.

coffee pot
Because a deep purple clay coffee pot just makes the coffee taste better. $98.95.

wood wallet
Because a wood wallet is… well… a wood wallet. Walnut Wood Wallet, $65.

room diffuser
Because evidently the path to health and happiness runs through our noses and the best way to get a scent into the air is one of these diffusers and this one in particular is as good looking as it is effective. Stone Diffuser, $119.

City Skin potion #2
Because they say nothing preserves and promotes youth and energy in the skin like roses, and this new blend of Monk Oil packs a triple punch of three different rose scents in one. Monk Oil, $52.

jill platner necklace
Because this is one of my all time favorite necklaces that I almost never take off and so your mom will probably love it too. Jill Platner necklace, $255.

Monday, Monday or more links about the awesomeness of both the Earth and of science in general

walking in the woods

Here’s one of the photographs I took for Instagram’s Earth Day project. And also for myself, because even when I am far away from the woods, it is always lovely to remember that they are there.

Earth Day was this past weekend. Lets keep the party going for a bit, shall we?

350.org is building a global climate movement and their website has all sorts of great information about climate change and what we can do to stem the tide. Well worth checking out. NRDC.org is another great resource for info. And you can go straight to The People’s Climate March to find out how to join one of the thousands of Climate Marches and Demonstrations going on worldwide this Saturday (April 29).

To celebrate Earth Day, Instagram asked people to spend the weekend taking photographs of the natural beauty of our planet. The images were all tagged #whpnaturalbeauty (where WHP stands for weekend hashtag project) and the results are really breathtaking. It’s a great feed to check out when you’re feeling bleak about what’s going on in the political world…

Who doesn’t want to know how to take a picture of a black hole?

And while we’re in the land of the TED talk, take the command Know Thyself to heart and check out this playlist of 14 talks about the inner workings of our brains.

If you’re just jonesing for a short podcast about some kind of scientific topic, but don’t have anything specific in mind, check out San Francisco’s KQED’s Science. You won’t be disappointed.

Just now, at Pioneer Works, Amanda Palmer read a breathtakingly beautiful and profoundly feminist poem (written just this weekend by her husband Neil Gaiman) about how the first scientists were almost certainly women. The poem is called The Mushroom Hunters and the introduction and preamble are almost as insightful and interesting as the poem itself.

Another thing I don’t really need, but totally want regardless

The JP Clasp. $195 on JillPlatner.com.

The JP Clasp. $195 on JillPlatner.com.

Sometimes self care = treating myself to a little burst of color in the form of one of these clasp bracelets by my friend Jill Platner. Sure I will survive without another bracelet, but if just seeing this on my wrist makes me happy and helps me get through the day, then it’s worth every penny.

Plus what’s not to love about supporting an amazing locally based woman-owned business?