How was your week, friends? Mine was filled with awesome stuff – crossing ‘mushroom foraging‘ off my New Things list (posts to come!) I also caught up with a long-lost friend (the glories of Facebook will bring us together!) and started planning my Summer roadtrip.
Links for you!
An awesome, easy cake for the kids in your life (or anyone, really).
I grew up in a very small town. I did my undergrad in a very small town. I was 22 before I lived in a city with a population larger than 5,000! Since then I’ve lived in some huge cities and now I live in Minneapolis – and I love it! But every time I visit a small town I think “Whaaaaat if? Wouldn’t life be so much easier out here?” As such, I loved this podcast on simple living in the big city.
This is important on so many levels: The most successful female Everest climber of all time is a housekeeper in Hartford, Connecticut.
Ohhhhh, this is good: The glossary of happiness. Could understanding other cultures’ concepts of joy and well-being help us reshape our own? The Positive Lexicography Project aims to catalog foreign terms for happiness that have no direct English translation.
Heimat (German, “deep-rooted fondness towards a place to which one has a strong feeling of belonging”).
Mamihlapinatapei (Yagán, “a look between people that expresses unspoken but mutual desire”),
Queesting (Dutch, “to allow a lover access to one’s bed for chitchat”)
Dadirri (Australian Aboriginal, “a deep, spiritual act of reflective and respectful listening”)
Fēng yùn (Mandarin Chinese, “personal charm and graceful bearing”)
Ilunga (Tshiluba, “being ready to forgive a first time, tolerate a second time, but never a third time”)
Somewhat related: Should we rebrand Anthropology textbooks?
My 55-year-old self is going to wear this brand of clothing EXCLUSIVELY. (Also: Dansko clogs + chunky wooden bangles from my travels + sassy eyeglasses.)
And another dream outfit.
A great comic about communication (as told through Bart Simpson)
Oooooh! Such a good longread! My Grandmother The Poisoner.
So why would Grandma poison us? Well, for some time, my mother has postulated that Grandma has Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a condition that causes caregivers to poison or injure their charges. Me? I’m sure that Grandma wasn’t trying to hurt anyone. If she slipped you a Mickey it was because she didn’t want you to leave—she loved to make people miss their train. “Stay the night, stay the night,” she’d coo.
And a few Yes & Yes posts you might have missed: 7 skills you should master before you travel, How to deal when all your friends get married + have kids, and The 4 cardinal rules of safe, solo lady travel.