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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.

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.

Monday, Monday… or more links to help get us on the road to positivity

looking up

The view from the ground.

Last week, we took a trip into the Berkshires and I went cross country skiing for the first time. I fell. A lot. but the view was so beautiful from the ground, I could have cared less. And thus began my effort to actively seek positivity in a world that feels full of chaos and negative energy right about now. These links all lead to things that celebrate the good in one way or another. Please enjoy.

And have a nice day!

Here are 10 simple ways to raise more creative kids.

Listen to this playlist curated by my friend Luisa for our friend Jill Platner’s blog. It’s called Summoning Spells with good reason…

Spending just 10 minutes a day on mindfullness can completely change the way you react to just about everything. Or at least that’s what the folks at the Harvard Business Review think. And they should know.

Be kind to your immune system by making some of this Astragalus Chai.

Read this amazing piece on the history of recorded jazz music. With photos and sound to go with. It’s a great way to close out Black History Month, if you’re looking to do that kind of thing…

An inspirational and incredible story of an escape from the Holocaust killing grounds of Lithuania.

Monday, Monday (on Tuesday which is also Valentines Day), or a few links about how to love ourselves just a little bit…

origami valentine hearts

The fruits of this year’s Valentine’s Day labor. After we got over the upsetting new No Candy rule at school. Origami to the rescue!

This Valentine’s Day, we all need to treat ourselves to a little love. So for this week’s set of links, I give you some lovely suggestions for ways to escape from the crazy that we have all been inhabiting lately. Happy Valentine’s Day to us!

14 chocolate treats that you can make in under an hour. Need I say more?

Read something sweet, like these really cute things my friend Joanna’s 3 year old son says to her, and smile.

Make something for yourself, damn it. This Scandinavian wall art/hanging thing is the kind of object I see in stores but don’t buy because I think I can make it myself. Which actually wasn’t true till I found step by step instructions online. Thank you Internet.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. This is supposedly the answer to all of our problems. But we have to do it right. Luckily, the good ladies at Goop are here to guide us.

Listen to some music. ALL of the playlists on here we go now kick ass. For reals.

Maybe just give in and go to Florida for the weekend? Or you could just fantasize about any of the places on Design Tripper

Who knew that pine pollen has been used for centuries as a powerful aphrodisiac? It also balances hormones, boosts metabolism and increases energy. You can add some to your daily smoothie, or use it to make these delicious raw lemon rose truffles.

Monday, Monday… or more links about people gettin’ ready

I spent the past few days huddling with a posse of like minded souls, thinking and talking about what we can do to help keep our country from sliding off the rails. And as we gathered, and planned, and thought about the long line of civil rights activists that came before us, this song came to mind.

So instead of my usual varied Monday links, I give you 7 of my favorite versions of the great 1965 song by The Impressions that has become an anthem for so many.


Here’s Curtis Mayfield himself, breaking it down with a whole bunch of priceless outfits on stage with him.


The Reverend Al Green, joined by Linda Jones and Wanda Neal, has a smile that could sink a thousand ships.


Ok so this one isn’t a video, but it’s Aretha Franklin. And as she is the Queen of Soul, her rendition of this song is not to be missed.


Eva Cassidy Keeping it real at the Blues Alley jazz supper club in Georgetown, DC, on the 3rd of January back in 1996.


It wouldn’t be a playlist without a reggae break. So here’s the son of God, Ziggy Marley, with his joyous version.


Alicia Keys, singing her heart out at the piano, before she stopped wearing make up.


And last but not least, Rod Stewart. Seated, unplugged, and bespeckled, but still killing it.

Monday, Monday (on a Wednesday!) or more links about what to do with all of those damned apples…

apples

Ok so now it’s mid October, and we spent a recent weekend really living the following locavore dream:

Head down the road to a local farm with close friends and a gaggle of kids, pick waaaay too many apples, grab some produce at the farmstand, stop by the fish market on the way home for the main course, and a delicious dinner (all sourced from within 30 miles or so) is had by all.

But now it’s a week later and we still have So. Many. Apples. Every year I somehow forget that I don’t need 75 apples on my kitchen shelf, so I go crazy picking tons of apples, and then I get home and reality sets in. Because while it is totally delicious, one can only make so much curried apple soup in a fortnight.

So the next two weeks are gonna be all about apples in this house. How shall I cook them? Let me count the ways, whilst you click on the links for the recipes:

Clearly, there will be glazed apple cider donuts.

I am also thinking we should make some magic apple plum cobbler. Because any dish that has the word “magic” in it is alright by me.

For cocktail hour this time of year, one should always consider serving up a nice apple smash.

Mark Bittman helps us get healthy with this lovely apple slaw.

Ummm… did I hear you say caramel apple upside down cake?

And while we’re on the topic of bittersweet candied apples

Last but not least, before you roll into bed stuffed to the gills with deliciousness, I give you braised and brule├ęd apples with ice cream. You can thank me later.

Here are some links about getting it together, posted on a Friday rather than the usual Monday. Because late is better than never.

It has been a long time since my last post. All sorts of crazy things are happening in the world (shootings, bombs in Chelsea, Donald Trump for president…) plus summer is really over and school is in full swing. It is time for my autumnal press of the restart button, when I make all kinds of resolutions about how I will be finishing the year strong. Maybe you’d like to join me…?

Here are a few of my plans:

I’m going to keep eating at home most nights with my family. And feeling really good about it after watching the video above.

I’m putting down my phone and reading more books, like The Underground Railroad by Colson Whittehead.

This year I swear to God we’re going to make the whole school/homework/activities thing less haphazard.

I’m going to keep things clean– naturally– with apple cider vinegar.

I’m going to cook more profound food from The Moon Juice Cookbook. Anything that calls itself cosmic alchemy sounds good to me!

I’m going to go see more art: like the Alma Thomas show at The Studio Museum.

I am going to start to learn how to more effectively use all of these digital tools I have lying around the house. And then I’m going to actually organize the unruly jungle that is my desktop.

Monday, Monday– or more links about summertime cooking

cheesecake

Amazing beautiful inspirational and surely delicious strawberry balsamic cheesecake from Adventures in Cooking.

This might be the easiest-yet-also-most-delicious ice cream sandwich recipe ever. (And it comes from the pastry chef at Del Posto to boot!)

I have traditionally always made a chunky gazpacho, but I’m thinking this year I may give this creamier version a try…

What is a summer picnic without deviled eggs?

If a salad that combines cucumbers, tomatoes and yogurt doesn’t say summer, I don’t know what does.

I think the crown jewel of this year’s strawberry season is going to be this strawberry balsamic creme fraiche cheesecake. Just sayin’…

This time of year, the hens are really laying the most sublime eggs. Who knew that most of us are not scrambling them to their true potential? Here’s what we all should know…

I’m thinking this is the summer that I take the popsicle to a whole new level involving coconuts, rainbows and chocolate…

Monday, Monday– or a few links to start easing us into summer

Scott Kelly's strange and beautiful photographs of the Earth from space.

Scott Kelly’s strange and beautiful photographs of the Earth from space.

Check out Krrb’s screen-free ideas to keep the kids busy on a road trip.

And here are a few screen-time tips for those of us parents who belong to the everything-in-moderation school.

But then again, sometimes, looking at screens can be a transcendent experience… like when you look at astronaut Scott Kelly’s photographs of the Earth from space.

It’s getting hot out there– so maybe it’s time to upgrade an old t-shirt into an airy twist-back top.

Nothing says summer like a triple flavored home made popsicle, if I do say so myself…

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could fill, like, 100 water balloons at the same time? Well it seems our prayers have been answered.

Perhaps a little whipped yogurt cheesecake with roasted rhubarb for desert?

Monday, Monday– or a few links about the end…

Hundred of butterflies are released to commemorate the life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Hundred of butterflies are released to commemorate the life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

There have been a few too many memorial services in my life these past few months, which is never fun. But it can be a profound reminder of our fragile place in this universe. Or just a reminder that we’d better get organized lest the state inherit everything when we’ve gone.

Because oh lordie just look at what is going on with Prince.

To help give you an idea of what we’re up against, I give you the business of death as an infographic.

Turning your loved one’s cremains into a tree might seem a bit crazy but is profoundly beautiful at the same time

The delicate art of obituary writing, explained by the pros.

Hundreds of butterflies created a beautiful memorial for one of the most poetic authors of our time…

OK I am outing myself as a trekkie here, but this may be, in my humble opinion, one of the most moving death/funeral scenes ever filmed.

Or actually maybe John Hannah (as Matthew) reading Auden’s “Funeral Blues” in Four Weddings and a Funeral takes the cake. I challenge you not to cry…