I am finding that I have less time or, perhaps, less inclination to be online, surfing the web, shopping for the best face moisturizer and reading Medium these days.
I guess there is an ebb and flow to everything, and right now I'm in a spot where online life seems less tangible to me, less relevant. I look through my blog feed, searching for compelling content, and I keep seeing list-posts where I'm promised things like The Top 5 Cities for New Love or The Must-Have Furniture Pieces from IKEA or How To Turn My Laundry Room into a Love Den.
None of those articles exists (yet), but you get my point.
So, the Roundup is short this month. I'm listing only 7 articles or bits that truly made me stop and think, that contributed something to my life, that was truly worth my time.
With that......here's The Roundup:
This article, on Food 52, is what Patricia Wells learned from Joel Robuchon. I have no idea who Mr. Robuchon is, but what he says about being the best is on-point and makes me want to be my best, on the daily.
***I looked it up, and Mr. Robuchon was a famous French chef (named Chef of the Century), who died a few days ago on August 6th.
This article, passed on to me by a friend, is from 2011 and reports on research regarding dream sleep and how key it is in terms of processing painful memories. You'll want to read this, and then you'll want to get some serious sleep and stop thinking it's a 'luxury.'
My daughter passed along this bit on the effects of spiders' webs after feeding on drug-addled flies. The most shocking drug: Caffeine? I looked this up on Snopes and other sites to see if it's legit, and so far, it looks like it is.
This interview with Linda Rodin (of the fabulous Rodin skincare line) was inspiring. It's really lovely to see a woman who isn't afraid of getting older, doesn't feel like all of her 'good years' are behind her and is still, at the age of 70, planning what she'll do next.
The article, in The New York Times, makes a solid point about the way we've begun talking about motherhood, the warnings and bemoaning and negativity. Does motherhood need a rebranding after all?
My favorite quote from the article:
I want to enjoy this without caveats, without all the talk of selflessness and without seeing this change my identity. I want to be a mother and a writer, and a whole slew of other things, with no thought given to the order of those identities.
My son came to me the other day in tears. He rarely cries like this anymore. He'd broken his beloved drone and lost it in the woods. He was really inconsolable. I tried to offer suggestions. He met these with a lot of grumbling. Finally, realizing I was missing the mark here, I searched online for some inspiration. I read a handful of articles on helping kids deal with disappointment, and this one was most helpful. I calmed down, asked some questions and gave him a hug. It passed. Sometimes, this mama needs as much help (if not more) than anyone else.
I'm drawn to minimalism, but a lot of what is written or discussed regarding the subject just doesn't resonate with me. I don't want to stop using shampoo or own only one glass. I read once about a woman who bought plastic utensils when having company over because she only had one fork, spoon and knife, which seemed to me to be missing the point. Then, I thought that the point is different for each of us. This article on Minimalism at the age of 50 is the best I've read on why minimalism appeals to me. I also love that it puts such a positive spin on turning 50.
My favorite quote from this article:
Being unburdened and less busy does not mean that one is stagnant or lazy. In fact, I believe that the opposite is true.
I appreciated each of these articles. I'm seriously tempted to give up caffeine. Anyone else?