ReadRightNow: July 15, 2013

Lavender, lavender, lavender.
Lavender, lavender, lavender.

During the week, when I read an article I like or I want to share with you, I bookmark it and then sort of forget about it until I write my ReadRightNow post. When I open that folder on Monday mornings, I’m delighted to be reminded of the wonderful things I read during the week.

Today is no exception, and I’m excited to share a few articles with you.

Some of them held themselves up as a mirror for me this week, a way for me to examine and know myself, a way to consider my work and my life. One of them is by a friend of mine. One gives me confidence to try new things in the kitchen. All of them stuck with me this week, and I found that I was excited to get to Monday when I could share them with you, in the hopes that you’ll read them too and feel free to comment here and talk about them with me.

ReadRightNow:  July 15, 2013

  • First up, in the category of showing me myself, is a list put out by Buzzfeed:  “30 Signs You’re Almost 30.” I know I’ll be 30 soon because 1) I’m 28.5 years old; and 2) I line up with almost everything on this list.
  • I’m trying to read 30 books this year, and I’m halfway to my goal. So I was interested to see this breakdown from the L.A. Times about how many hours people from around the globe spend reading. 
  • You may remember me gushing over the lavender growing outside my hotel room in Coronado a month ago. I’ve long wanted to cook with lavender, and now it appears I can visit a local farm and pick my own lavender. Score! And when I do, this guide to cooking with lavender will help me along.
  • My friend, poet Natalie Diaz, is a rock star. And now she’s writing a blog for Prairie Schooner, and her first installment came out this week. You should read it:  she blogs about basketball and writing, two things she’s awesome at.
  • I had a blog-sistential crisis last week, where I began really breaking down my blog and my writing. Around the time I was doing that, Joy the Baker, one of my favorite cookbook writers, wrote some no-nonsense tips about blogging. The one that sticks with me the most:  write what you’re passionate about.
  • And finally, a break out of the ReadRightNow territory. We’ll dart down a side street and come out into the open air of WatchRightNow for this comedic PSA to women about self-deprecation (or abuse) and the virtue of just saying thank you.

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