The Weekly Digest (& Friday Links)

It’s been an exciting week! I have a new side-project I’m excited to share more about, but I think I might keep it to my breast a little longer while I get my footing. But I bring it up because it will be dividing my attention—especially for the next few weeks.

At the same time, we’re getting ready for Halloween, and wrapping up soccer season. The Mondavi season has started back up—the performance venue on campus—and we have tickets to see Andrew Bird on Monday, and just went to listen to astronaut Terry Virts talk about being in space and taking photographs of his view from above. I especially enjoyed how he used some of his photographs of electricity to talk about the visualization of wealth disparity around the world.

One of the other things that struck me most was when he said his days on the space station were maybe 99% work—as in the mundane bits of necessary routine, from lab projects to brushing his teeth—and 1% elation. It made me think about how that’s probably true for wherever you are. It’s just those few moments you look up and take it all in, so to speak, and it’s relative. Our capacity for that elation is always somewhat limited by our attention span. And then I came across this Henry Miller quote on SwisssMiss:

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” — Henry Miller

Lovely, isn’t it? With that, I move onto some Friday links. I thought I’d start calling these “The Weekly Digest” from here on out.

What have you been enjoying this week? 

What a legacy. Rest in peace, Elijah Cummings. Here’s a look back at some of his most powerful speeches.

Let Grow is a treasure! Thank you to the reader who suggested the site after our discussion about childhood independence.

Lego has a new Replay Initiative where they’ll send your old Legos to kids who might not otherwise get their own bricks.

Do we know what fiction was?

I need to start this over the weekend: our next bookclub read.

What does the ceasefire mean?

I’m always on the hunt for a good Round Coffee Table.

Where was Coldwave this summer? Freeze the insert and pour hot coffee inside. A minute or two later: Iced coffee!

What actually gets better with age? Three women discuss.

12 brilliant weeknight recipes

Is MLS (Milennial Lifestyle Sponsorship) sustainable?

Everlane is “popping in” at Nordstrom.

Emily Henderson’s husband weighs in on life as an “influencer’s husband.”

Love this floral print

If San Francisco can do it… 

Fans of The Odyssey will get a kick out of these limericks!

In another outrageous act of profiteering, Trump is hosting the international G7 Summit at one of his own hotels. It interests me to see how it’s reported differently in The Atlantic and The Guardian, versus the New York Times.

Are these “cursed” times?

And will he ever leave? Scary.

Trump’s Troll-in-chief

Or, if you don’t have time for all that—this Trevor Noah rundown of all of the scandals that rose to attention in one day is terrific.

Wildlife photographs of the year.

My Modern House is a new-to-me design site. And boy, is it ever lovely.

Meal Prep like a Pro

A really awesome story to share with your kids—don’t let anything hold you back!

[Lead image from Wit & Delight’s post, “How to Thrive When you Work for Yourself“]


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