Bookmarked #6

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My motto — every year.


January. I love it almost as much as I love September. Fresh starts. New goals. A chance to wipe the slate clean and try yet again to be my best self.

My word for 2019 (also, my favorite word): POSSIBILITIES. Too often, I’m trapped with the thought that I’m stuck, that things can’t change, that I don’t have time. I need to see the possibilities and act on them.

January goals:

I’m going to make the top 5 NYT recipes of 2018 (I actually think my family will like ALL of them).

Actually cook or bake out of the dozens of cookbooks I have.  Two recipes a week, at least.

Read 5 books. I’m on GoodReads and my goal is 50 books for 2019. First up, “Transcription” by Kate Atkinson.

Learn something new. Maybe how to make bagels? Sally’s Baking Addiction has a tutorial and her recipes are good and reliable. She also has a monthly baking challenge. That’s also a POSSIBILITY.

Or maybe I should move beyond food and try a watercolor class?

Do a social media tutorial to get better at my job.

Check out some TED Talks.

Other thoughts:

If you can get beyond the annoying unattractive illustrations (not what I want to look like in 2019!), there are some good goals here: 11 ways to be a better person in 2019 (especially 5, 6, 8 and 11). I’ve mastered 3 and 10, have zero interest in 4, and am afraid of 2, which means I should focus on that.

So true. The pitfalls of working from home.


Bookmarked #5

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The Sunfire Series

Recommendations, reminiscences, and other things on my mind.

Growing up, I loved reading historical fiction with strong female characters. This hasn’t changed. There was a particular series — The Sunfire Series — that I loved and I still have some of the books. I would have loved the American Girl store not for the dolls but for the books. If you are young and miss that world, here’s a list of book recommendations based on your favorite AG character.

Speaking of reading: One of the most inspiring, interesting, out-of-my-comfort-zone things I’ve done this year is become a Shady Lady as in the Shady Ladies Literary Society. The third Shady Ladies event I attended this year is the one mentioned in this interview (check out the amazing photos of the Belle Isle Boathouse!). The group, in its second year, hosts an emerging female writer with her debut novel in a unique Detroit location, partners the book reading/signing/Q&A with a custom cocktail crafted by a female bartender and a meal inspired by the book created by a female chef. The society’s motto: Empowered Women Empower Women (it looks great on a T-shirt and will be a must-have for me next year when the group resumes).

More reading: 2019 is almost here. For those of us looking to be more thoughtful in our reading choices, Modern Mrs. Darcy has a reading challenge packet of downloadables full of great ideas. This site is terrific if you’re looking to enhance your reading, need a fresh idea of what to read next, or are simply into books and bookish things.

OK. I guess this whole post is about reading. I wonder about this often (part of a great piece on Bruce Springsteen — and as a man and an artist, he really knows his way around words): “This is the central tension of Springsteen on Broadway: the self we feel doomed to be through blood and family versus the self we can—if we have the courage and desire—will into existence. Springsteen, as he reveals here, has spent his entire life wrestling with that question that haunts so many of us: Will I be confined by my DNA, or will define who I am?”

Bookmarked #3

Recommendations, reminiscences, and other things on my mind.

Inspiration: “The future is no place to place your better days” — Dave Matthews Band

“Americans are hyperconnected but disconnected,” says George F. Will in this excellent Perspective piece on loneliness and its consequences. What is uniting us now — instead of community and shared interests and a genuine concern of others no matter our differences — is destructive rage-filled political division and chemical dependency.

How to teach white kids about racism: How progressive-minded white families, despite their intentions, can perpetuate racial inequality.

As someone with RBF, I can relate: This is just my face.

I could get onboard with this: Reading Day.

If a book club seems to be too much of a time commitment, but you’d like to discuss deeper issues with your friends, here’s a fabulous idea.

A dinner recipe my teenage boys can’t get enough of. Broccoli, Cheese and Potato Soup from, a terrific blog if you’re looking for delicious, healthy recipes.


Bookmarked #4


(Photo courtesy of Austin Kleon.)

Recommendations, reminiscences, and other things on my mind.

Inspiration: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”  — Sting

I love this idea of a monthly bucket list. Instead of the intimidation of a long list, a short, doable framework might make it possible to actually see and do more.

I love this idea for a simple act of kindness. You start with a square of paper. You leave a message of inspiration, kindness, or compassion. A brilliant idea.

Tsundoku. The Japanese have a word for everything, I’ve been told. THIS is such an awesome word! It means “books piled up” or “reading pile.” Everyone I know who is a big reader or who wants to be, has a reading pile, those unread books that taunt and tantalize and make you want to hurry up to get to them … someday. Now if I can just figure out how to pronounce it.

Metabolism (or, don’t make me give up carbs!): This made me sigh, smirk and roll my eyes all at once.

Bookmarked #2


Photo by Kathy Kieliszewski

In my inconsistent pursuit of living my best life, this is a great article: 3 important questions you need to ask yourself to pursue the life you want. I struggle with all three.

An insightful article for parents of boys (of which I am one): Ending sexual violence by raising better boys.  With the times being what they are,  we can’t have enough conversations about this.

Love, love, love this shop: Lily & Val

Maybe I should stick with this meditation thing. “Ultimately, there is only one thing that creates tension: wanting things to be different than they are.” Note to self: Remember this.

When my motivation is lagging, I love to check out The Cut’s How I Get It Done. If these women can pack achievement/exercise/social life/family into their busy days, surely I can. This one’s a hoot. I want to hang out with Taffy Brodesser-Akner.

The hype about these cookies is well-deserved. Amazingly soft brownie cookies loaded with sprinkles from How Sweet Eats. I love the How Sweet Eats blog and the recipes I’ve tried have been so flavorful and spot-on delicious, but the cookbooks intimidate me. Not sure why.



Recommendations, reminiscences, and other things on my mind.

Courtesy of one of my favorite blogs:

On the menu this upcoming week: I recently took a cooking class at Sur La Table and realized, perhaps was simply reminded, that I enjoy taking the time to cook a meal that doesn’t come together in a hurried 30 minutes. Perhaps, for starters, Chicken Francese or Chrissy Teigen’s Sleeptime Stew Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes from her new book (which is also a hilarious read). (To my friends who await a Michaywe jaunt, her Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Breakfast Bake will be for breakfast!)

And how amazing is this! The New York Public Library (that I, sadly, have yet to visit) has 17,545 menus dating to 1846 to explore.

The only reason I miss my former 2-hour daily commute? Audiobooks. I’m listening to this one right now — LOVE IT and love the narrator — because I “read” Robert Galbraith’s other three that way. A good excuse to put in the time at the gym. Here’s an interview with Galbraith, a.k.a. JK Rowling.

Leon Bridges? Why has it taken me so long to find him? Am I the only one who wasn’t clued in?

Schadenfreude. I finally learned how to pronounce it and hope to put it in a sentence soon (ha!). Second most interesting word I looked up this week: trope.

Fall. My favorite season. I’m pretty sure I would make a great New Englander — high-strung, serious, preppy. It would be a dream vacation to hit Vermont and the rest of New England during peak leaf-peeping season. Here’s a guide.

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For all the times I find other things to do instead of going to the gym, I should at least try to put in the strength training at home. Here’s a guide I find helpful. I’m also inspired by the NYT running guides, but sadly anything beyond 3 miles is just not going to happen.



Bookmarked: Recommendations and reminiscences

Jeep Grand Wagoneer 1989

And now for something a little different: Recommendations, reminiscences, and ruminations. Random thoughts and burning questions. This that have so interested me, inspired me, or irked me that I have to share.

I can totally relate to this: The Art of (Bad) Running

If you’re looking for a soft, cake-like chocolate chip cookie, this is where it’s at.

“The Great Believers” — LOVED this. This was historical fiction (a genre I love), but with a setting and characters with whom I’m not familiar (gay men and their loved ones in Boystown dealing with the AIDS crisis when it first struck in the 1980s and its aftermath). So many beautiful moments about what constitutes family and the search for love. And, Yale, especially when he’s standing in front of his dream house and thinks of what might have been.

Does anyone else miss the old J. Crew? The one from the late ’80s and early ’90s? This and this have me reminiscing and thinking I need to shop here more often.

I will never tire of seeing late ’80s-early ’90s Jeep Grand Wagoneers.

For an easy, packed-with-flavor, restaurant-quality dinner, you can’t go wrong with roasted lemon chicken.

I wish someone would have shared this information with me when I was in college.

Love your wine? No need to panic. I’m going to stay calm.

I love a good awards show. The Emmys are on Monday. Fingers crossed “The Americans” takes home a few statuettes. If you haven’t watched, get on it.

Why do teenagers leave empty boxes in the pantry?