This & That: June 5, 2020

Jun 05, 2020

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Books about a talented three Michelin star chef, the American library in Paris, how to make the most of the everyday and what birds can teach us about life and living. Clothing, baskets, plates and so much more as well as resources to help you further your knowledge with all that is going on in our world today.


The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent and Think by Jennifer Ackerman

I came across Jennifer Ackerman’s new book in the New York Times this past weekend and was intrigued. Already a bestselling author for her book titled The Genius of Birds, Ackerman draws “on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, from the tropical rainforests of eastern Australia and the remote woodlands of northern Japan, to the rolling hills of lower Austria and the islands of Alaska’s Kachemak Bay, showing there is clearly no single bird way of being. In every respect, in plumage, form, song, flight, lifestyle, niche, and behavior, birds vary. It is what we love about them. As E.O Wilson once said, when you have seen one bird, you have not seen them all.”

The Book of Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, The Japanese Way by Héctor García

Ichigo Ichie (pronounced itchy-GO itchy-A) is often spoken in Japan when greeting someone or saying goodbye, to convey that the encounter is unique and special. It is a tenet of Zen Buddhism and is attributed to a sixteenth-century master of the Japanese tea ceremony, or ‘ceremony of attention,’ whose intricate rituals compel us to focus on the present moment.”

In Garcia’s new book (released in December), readers will discover how to appreciate the beauty of the fleeting, the way the Japanese celebrate the cherry blossoms for two weeks every April, knowing they’ll have to wait a whole year to see them again; use all five senses to anchor yourself in the present, helping you to let go of fear, sadness, anger, and other negative emotions fueled by fixating on the past or the future; how to be alert to the magic of coincidences, which help us find meaning among the disconnected events of our lives and more.

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Restless: A Novel by William Boyd

While released more than 10 years ago, I recently learned of William Boyd’s mystery novel as a recommendation in which a female sleuth leads the way through the narrative. Set in both Paris and the Cotswolds, Francophiles and Anglophiles will enjoy the settings, and I have a feeling the plot as well.

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Large Jute Floor Basket, Charcoal Stripe

If you are looking for storage baskets but tire of the traditional natural hue, this large striped basket may just be what you are looking for.

Francophile Find

Paris Library by Janet Charles

Pre-order now Janet Charles’ new novel Paris Library. Based on the true World War II story of the American Library in Paris, readers will be transported to both 1939 and 1988 and discover a novel “about the people and the books that make us who we are, for good and for bad, and the courage it takes to forgive.”

Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters by Dominique Crenn

If you have had the chance to dine in chef Dominique Crenn’s restaurants in San Francisco, you have had a delicious meal, no doubt. Growing up in Versailles, Chef Crenn rose to the nation’s awareness when we was awarded her third Michelin star in 2018 for her restaurant Atelier Crenn becoming the first female chef in the United States to receive this honor. Telling her story in a new biography being released next Tuesday, Crenn reflects on the years she spent working in the male-centric world of professional kitchens, her childhood as she was adopted as a toddler who did not resemble her parents or even look traditionally French, feeling like an outsider, and embracing the power her history gives her to be whoever she wants to be. Rebel Chef certainly sounds like a wonderfully inspiring and honest read for the summer, and no doubt delicious as well.

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Large Bamboo Plant Covers

If you have plants that need a bit of protection in your garden and want to refrain from plastic or non-sturdy approaches, these large bamboo plant covers from Sophie Conran may be just want you are looking for.


Sophie Conran Hydrangea Leaf Plates (set of 6)

Simple, yet striking, a unique set of plates to spark conversation and be a frame for simple, yet delicious food.

Vintage French Stoneware Mixing Bowls

I do love the stoneware bowls I have and most of them are second-hand. Choose from a variety of sizes on Food52 and bring a touch of France to your kitchen.


Everlane D’orsay Espadrille (more colors)

Summertime and the sandals come out of the shoe closet. If you want the ankle wrap espadrilles without the heel, these are the shoes for you.

Mango, 30% off Everything

Affordable, styles and even more affordable through this Sunday June 7th.

Kim Seybert Chambray Gauze napkins, Natural (set of 4)

Having more than a few sets of napkins, each offering a different color and/or print is a simple way to create an inviting dining occasion.

~recipe for Squid Ink Pasta with Artichokes and Clams~

The last full week of school concluded today with a couple of days next week to wrap up, and I must say, I am ready for the summer schedule. The brilliantly beautiful days have been the encouragement to wear the linen dresses, tops and shorts and of course, slather on the sunscreen. Graduation took place this week, as well as constructive conversations with students and staff which I am grateful for (look for more resources below). Oh, and the first farmers market of the season was held this week (*happy dance!*), and what a joyous occasion it was to see the farmers back out selling their food, flowers and creations (see below).

Wishing you a lovely weekend, and thank you for stopping by TSLL. Until Monday, bonne journee!

~Paris Breakfast takes us around Paris outside as it looks today.

~The French Take Their Apéros to the Streets [The New York Times]

~Elizabeth Gilbert Opens Up About Love, Courage and Loss [O Magazine]

~The Louvre Prepares to Open to the Public [The Local FR]

~The Joy of Getting Lost and Finding Your Way [The New York Times]

~The comfort of classical music in solitary moments [WSJ]

~France begins to ease its restrictions as bars and restaurants open up this week [NPR]

~A Note on Risk: the slow yes [Magnolia]

~Baking Bread in Lyon [The New Yorker]

~How King Arthur’s Flour is Adapting to America’s Sudden Obsession with Baking [Maker]

Resources to deepen your education as inspired by our current times regarding racism:

8 thoughts on “This & That: June 5, 2020

  1. Shannon,Thank you so much for your June 5 newsletter. I have been struggling to help my 15-year-old son really think about what’s going on in the world through a lens that is as a non-biased as possible. Your framing on how you are engaging your students and the language that you use is Exactly the context that I was looking for. You do it far more eloquently than I so I am going to have him read your newsletter. Consider yourself as having two extra students. Seriously, thank you for dropping a newsletter that met in need at the perfect time.

    1. Lisa, I want to thank you deeply for your comment and feedback on this week’s letter from the editor in the weekly newsletter. I would gladly have two more students, and I too will continue to be a student. Thank you again. 😌💛

  2. Lovely “This & That”, as usual, with much to entertain and enlighten us with for the upcoming weekend. (I managed to pick up Garcia’s book, “Ichigo Ichie…” today, and (huzzah!) have Kendi’s book waiting for me at the library.)
    This weekend I am on the hunt in our local “Antique Alley” for vintage leaf plates and napkins. Adventure ( and learning…) awaits!! Thank you, Shannon! Well done on your week, my friend, I hope you and the boys have the loveliest of weekends. (And thank you sincerely for this week’s much needed newsletter.)

    1. Rona, thank you for stopping by. Your weekend excursion sounds to me to be a lovely way to spend a weekend. 🙂 I so appreciate your feedback on this week’s newsletter. Be well and thank you again. 😌💛

  3. Shannon, another book I highly recommend is “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson. It’s my favorite book. Thank you for a wonderful This & That. As I’ve stated before, your students are blessed to have you as their teacher.

    1. Katina,

      Thank you for the recommendation. I will certainly explore this title. And thank you as always for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your words. 😌💛

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