July Favorite Things – 2020

What a time to be alive. For the deep thinkers, those who want to make social change, the hurting, the hoping, the anxious, and the dreamers, this year is challenging many. Narrowing in on things to buy feels funny when I know acquiring more doesn’t do much to help in the long term. Here are a few of my favorites as we continue to stay safer at home. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stay home if you can.

1. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

A grief memoir that sparked more in my journey with grief. A differing perspective sure to keep you turning the pages.

2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

I used to say this was my favorite book of all time. It had been so long since I read it, I wasn’t sure I could back up my statement. It’s still true – this is my all time favorite book.

“People always think that happiness is a faraway thing,” thought Francie, “something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone – just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.”
― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

3. King Arthur Bread Flour

Really upped my sourdough baking game.

4. Scrabble

An oldie but a goodie. And last month, Dylan even beat me!

5. T-shirt crafts like this rug and this wreath

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