Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? It feels like it’s been an eventful one at our house. Ben Blair and I went to Houston for the U2 concert (more on that next week, but here’s a photo from the concert photo booth above). Our kids had several end-of-year events — two band concerts, two open houses, and a choir concert too. And at 6:30 this morning, after 3 years of teaching, we hosted our very last seminary class here at the house — we had a pancake party to mark the day. Also, our kids have school off today, which means a 4 day weekend. 

On the schedule for this weekend? Yardwork, Memorial Day activities, and maybe a cousins’s sleepover. How about you?

I’m headed into the city in a bit to work on a project with Room & Board, but before I go, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share (lots from the NYT this week):


– I was at the airport on my way to Houston when I first heard about the Manchester bombing. Here are two articles about it that stuck with me. From Slate — how the bombing was an attack on girls and women. From the NYT — how two homeless men ended up heroes in the aftermath.

The self-healing letter of complaint.

Beautiful glass homes that can be built in 8 hours for under $50,000.

– Monica Lewinsky: “Roger Ailes dream was my nightmare.” (NYT)

– A reader named Nicole remembered my post about nature-based schools in Scandinavia, and thought we would enjoy an article and video in the New York Times Style Magazine featuring her daughter’s forest preschool. (NYT) So great!

– I’m fascinated by the idea of the Museum of Failure. (NYT)

A history of pressed pennies. They are one of our family’s favorite souvenirs — inexpensive, easy and they don’t take up a ton of space when you get home.

– Senior citizens living off the grid.

– Have you read Wonder with your kids? It’s so dang good. The Wonder movie trailer just came out and it looks good too. (No, you’re crying.)

– A blog of literary stamps

Amy Turn Sharp’s poetry in balloons. More of her poetry here.

– The color of Mr. Roger’s cardigans.

I hope you have an wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I’ll meet you back here next week. I miss you already.