my week in objects (mostly).

September 11, 2020

1. this new-to-us console.

{for showing up at just the right time.}

2. this brand-new magazine (that’s seeking supporters).

{for being a delight in so many ways. }

3. these sparkling crystals.

{because, priorities.}

4. this pile of napkins.

{and finding new systems for old things.}

5. this desk.

{and the tiny room for it to be in.}

other things:

our kids should have that luxury.

very gently, and with great care, coaxing it back to life.

what’s wrong with a few minutes of things being OK?

brilliant forests.

good fire.

selling recycling sold plastic.

sheet pan feta.

drop off.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Caroline September 11, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Oh wow! That brilliant forests article was written by my friend Becca. She’s a fellow teacher and also writes a great weekly newsletter about sparking children’s love of writing:
    https://afewcrookedwords.substack.com/?utm_campaign=pub&utm_medium=web&utm_source=copy

    Thanks for your blog!

  • Reply gm September 11, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Checking out Ditto— thanks! And the chandelier reminds me of the 1963 “Hollywood Regency” chandelier in our 1963 split-level which incongruously combines simple basics (very simple windows, flat panel doors) with very glam trim items. My sister, whose house is maybe 1968 and kind of cool, simple mid-century modern with a lot of wood, saw the house when we moved in and said we should get a new, simple chandelier, but I replied, “Nope, I love our gaudy chandelier.” Eight years later, still do. 🙂 90% of the furniture in our house is second hand, hardly any of it matches, but it kind of works, and so does the over-the-top chandelier. Also, our parakeet loves hanging out on it. 🙂

  • Reply Basil September 12, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing those articles about the fires! I’m a fourth-generation Californian and the past several years have been a grim confirmation of how insufficient our current relationship to the land is. The thing I keep coming back to is that this is a really important time, with so much attention on this issue, to lift up the voices of indigenous fire practitioners and support their leadership. https://www.ehn.org/amp/indigenous-wildfire-2646171110

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  • Reply Laurie September 13, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Re: the NPR art. on plastics not being recycled.
    -Thanks for sharing.
    I’ve been trying to minimize my consuming of plastics. That said, since COVID-19 it’s become more difficult as my local bulk shop has stopped their program in which customers can bring their own containers for refilling.
    On the other hand, I make my own yoghurt in my Instant Pot, which means yoghurt containers never come into my home.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE September 14, 2020 at 8:15 am

      Yes; our plastics use has gone way up in this time, too.

  • Reply Kim m September 15, 2020 at 11:53 am

    I made the sheet pan feta over the weekend. So easy and tasty. Will make again! Congrats on your new home!

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