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Our first Slow Sunday Jam of 2014! How exciting!

My year is off to a busy start. I’m redecorating my office; or rather, I suppose I’m just decorating. When we moved into our apartment, I somehow felt my office was temporary. It didn’t take on the personality of an office, but rather of a store-room where my desk and books lived too.

But now I’m changing that. We’re turning it into a place where I’m happy to sit and work for hours. Where light comes in full and bright. We’ve moved the desk so that I’m no longer staring at a wall. Why do we stare at walls, people? Didn’t we all read “Bartleby the Scrivener?” Didn’t we all learn that staring at walls is bad? It’s bad news for me, at least, and now that I have better things to look at, the room feels more open, and I feel more open in it.

With all these changes, and with preparing for a friend to come visit, I’ve not had much of a reading week. So here are a few articles I found interesting, though not as many as I had hoped for. Happy reading, and happy 2014!

Slow Sunday Jam 1.5.2014

  • I stumbled on this article because my friend Bryn posted it (she’s quoted in the article). The article suggests, and indeed I think it’s likely true, that we perhaps believe that farmers must eat bountiful fresh produce – like kings, I tell you! – because that’s what they work with all day. But as this article shows, farmers are just as prone to the (highly processed) meals of convenience and speed as those with jobs in other fields. So if you know a farmer, maybe see if you can bring them dinner some time. I have a feeling it might be appreciated!
  • Did you make a list of resolutions for the new year? Do any of those resolutions have to do with reading? I certainly did, and I want to read more this year – more, and with greater variety. This article gives us ten new ways to read in the new year, including book subscriptions, emails from Electric Literature (which you should try – I love my email subscription with them), and quirky magazine subscriptions. Not all reading resolutions need to result in a massive pile of novels on your bedside table; there’s more than one way to skin this cat. (Sorry, Otis. That joke was in poor taste.)
  • Food52 has a lovely guide on how to be a better baker. Some of these tips and tricks are old hat, but I find that going back to basics sometimes can be a helpful reminder of how to streamline processes. It can also make you crave baked goods, which is less convenient.