A British friend told me about Winter Walks, a BBC news story that follows a man walking alone in the countryside and chatting suddenly. “Those who planted these trees did a wonderful job,” says one youth. “It’s a slippery slope, but did you really get better if your shoes didn’t have mud in the end?” You can hear the cows cooing and the birds chirping in the background. How sweet is that? (Obviously, my grandmother loves me very much.) It reminds me of Slow TV in Norway, which has a fireplace or a weaver.
Recently, many people have asked, “What is your favorite 2021 book?” My answer is threefold: Sadness and Joy by Meg Mason, a book about a humorous married woman in England who is struggling with a mental illness; You Won’t Believe What Happened: Crazy Stories About Joking Writing Amber Ruffin and her sister Lacey Lamar; and oh! William author Elizabeth Strout, my favorite writer of all time. (See discussion with him.) Have you read any good books this year?
When my mother came back last week, we went for a pedicure. He asked me what color I found, and I realized that I had been wearing the same color in the winter for years: such a bright red.
Soup for the winter? Distractions. Come on! This sausage with broccoli rabies is very tender and very tasty. We’re preparing dinner tonight, really. Anything else you can make? I know this is a soup-loving group.
PS Lots of fun, with babies sleeping outside in Denmark.
(Photo of nail salon by Ruchki da Nozhki in Brooklyn.)
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