Link Pack: Bread, Books, and Badass Bitches


Have you every made Friendship Bread? In line with my goal to spend less and make more, I would like to try and spread the love with fresh baked bread.



The #MeToo movement has changed the conversation about women in the workplace. A word from the creator of the hashtag movement here, how to speak up at work here, and honestly, do you have a Fuck off Fund? Because you should.



I look forward to NPR’s book list every year! Here is the best of 2017, and here is a sneak peak of the great books to come in 2018.

Mid-Week Roundup


5 tried and true morning routines of successful people, including Jennifer Anniston and Barack Obama.



It’s back-to-school season, or career change month: here are 18 beautiful laptop cases and covers to change things up.


What I’m reading right now.



I know what I’m having for lunch today.


Are you ready to watch the eclipse next week?



Obama’s response to Charlottesville, a quote from Nelson Mandela, is now the most favorited tweet ever.

On Ritual

Rituals We Build

We build a ritual of evening tea, or easier, evening drink;
Rituals of candles, or worse, smoke.
Nightly rites of meditation, of running, or more accurately: of eating, of sitting.

Breaking a pattern of consumption for a practice of reflection, production.
Importantly: My Rituals are My Own.

Halting a custom of 9 to 5 misery and 5 till 9 dread
And building a new habit of morning gratitude and a nighttime celebration of joy.

Once I knew a ritual of music and laughter.
I will know that ritual again.

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What’s in a Carry-On?

What do you pack in your carry-on when your travel day looks like this:

6:00 a.m.: Leave for airport
8:20 a.m.: Board flight
11:30 a.m.: Land
1:00 p.m.: Board bus
4:15 p.m.: Exit bus
5:00 p.m.: Hike to campsite


I’ll tell you what!


Entertainment: iPod, Book, Earplugs, Journal, Pen, Cards, Headphones



Toiletries: Baby Powder, Castile Soap, Deodorant, Hair Tie, Lotion, Toothbrush,  Tweezers,  Razor, Microfiber Wash Cloth, Comb, Tooth Tabs,


The essentials: Grocery Bag, Sunglasses, Vapur Water Bottle, Wallet, Currency, Passport


Snacks of your choice!!!!


Bonus if your bag folds into itself for easy storage during the rest of your trip!

Not pictured: 2 jackets, phone charger, external battery, directions and tickets

Related: What’s in a backpack?
Inside the Bag: At the Gym!
What’s in a Bag: San Fran Plan


Summer Re-Reads

Do you re-read books? I don’t usually, but in the summer I get nostalgic and crave stories that I engulfed on past travels.

Regular Re-Reads

The Secret Garden  is a story that I read almost every summer. I was probably 10 years old the first time I read it, and I think I forgot how the story went and read it again a few years later as a refresher. Now, every summer while things bloom and leaves turn green and the world generally demonstrates good health, I yearn for this story of friendship and growing health, and the straightforward clarity that comes with this tone of youth.

Do you like to read sexy sciencey stories? Do you sometimes imagine what your life would be like if you designed medicines but also studied homeopathic remedies through the lenses of a cultural anthropologist? I do. If I weren’t a musician/teacher, I would hands down be a scientist/anthropologist. State of Wonder is science/ anthropology/ steamy/ jungle.

Euphoria was my attempt to read State of Wonder again. Not as good, but still sexy anthropologist. Some trippy/freaky love triangles going on here. A quick and dirty read.

A Moveable Feast is my travel book. I carry a hard copy (I know, I’m archaic) with me when I go somewhere new for an extended period of time. It’s my café book that says “I’m very comfortable traveling solo,” “I’m interesting but I don’t want to talk,” and “I’m American!” all at the same time. It is a great summary of the artistic process, detailing mental/physical cycles that affect artistic process and the complexities of living as a glamorous famous novelist on a poor “artist abroad” income. If you have ever wondered what living in Paris in the early 20th century, rubbing shoulders with artistic greats would have been like, this is a must read.

I started to read The Hobbit when I was pretty young (8, maybe?) and I just wasn’t ready. (I watched the crazy old cartoon movie version, though!) I was trying to read my dad’s beloved personal copy, passed down to him by family… and I lost it. I lost it for basically 12 years, and last summer I FINALLY FOUND IT. It was a big event- I was excited and proud that I had kept the book in tact buried in my room for so many years, my dad was appalled that I had been hoarding it for so long… also kind of over it because we had since purchased a new copy. Anyway, when I finally actually read it for real, I read it in Jamaica… which seems like a weird place to be reading Tolkein, but it was a blast! This was my first trip abroad, and my first true cultural learning experience. All of this was a bit of a shock to the system, in a good way, and felt like a fantasy. Reading a fantasy when I was living in such a dream like state was easy! I was feeling like a happy adventurer, and there is really no better way to describe Bilbo Baggins.

Other Ideas:

I have a friend who is re-reading all of the Harry Potter series…in Spanish! She learned Spanish growing up and is looking to sharpen her linguistic knowledge and skills. This is a very cool mission! I also know someone who once read Les Miserables in French.

When I was traveling abroad for a couple of months several years ago, I developed a deep appreciate for my Kindle. Having more downtime than I anticipated, and going through some personal trials, I immersed myself in new books every few days. I need to see if I can find my device download history from those two months in Europe, because I feel like I read 10-20 books during that time!

What’s New:

I and everyone else will be reading The Handmaid’s Tale this summer. My english teachers were always wonderful at supplying dystopian tales and feminist fables (The Lottery and The Awakening , anyone?) yet somehow this classic slipped by me. I am hooked on the Hulu series and will devour this book .

I read In a Dark, Dark Wood basically on one short flight, and recently loaned it to a friend enduring a brief internet installation crisis. She read it as quickly as I did, and ordered The Woman in Cabin 10 for us to share! The only reason I haven’t ordered it for myself is because the sneak peek in the back of the first book scared me so much while I read it alone at night that I couldn’t fall asleep for another hour! I guess I no longer have much excuse not to read this thriller!


What are you Reading?

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What are you reading lately?

I started reading Jungle of Stone a while ago, thinking that it might be the non-fiction, real life version of State of Wonder or Euphoria. It has more science and is less sexy than those novels, which is to be expected of the tale of explorers circa 1839. This book is chocked full of information and detailed accounts of historic expeditions… but truthfully, I can’t wait to move on to a fictional psychological thriller after this!

What are you reading? Do you read non-fiction for fun?