This & That: November 22, 2019

Nov 22, 2019

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Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers by Jo Boaler

Author Jo Boaler, a professor of education at Stanford University and acclaimed math educator who has spent decades studying the impact of beliefs and bias on education, reveals the six keys to unlocking learning potential, based on the latest scientific findings. I must admit, this book looks fascinating.

The World According to Mr. Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers

With the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks (see below) premiering this week, I thought this book would be a perfect pairing. Having had the chance to see this book at Powell’s last month and flip through it, I found it to be a wonderful book full of quotes from Mister Rogers and his PBS show that serve as reminders and moments of pause as we continue to live more consicously. Whether a stocking stuffer or bedside reading material, this is a lovely book to enjoy.


Rejuvenation’s Audrey Vase (four colors, two different sizes)

Currently, and for some time, I have been attempting to collect more vases of various sizes and styles. So when I came upon Rejuvenation’s Audrey vases, I saved them immediately to my wishlist. Perfect for a few single long stems of either flowers or branches, I am drawn to their simplicity, yet touch of modern style.


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Tom Hanks was the spotlight interviewee in a worth reading interview with The New York Times last week, specifically speaking to how and why he remains so private (I applaud him absolutely on his choice and his ability to do so), but as well parenting and additionally, how this role which he initially turned down, was one that captured his attention fully years later. The film is in theaters Thanksgiving Day. Have a look at the trailer below.

Knives Out

With a stellar cast and a Agatha Christie-like plot, Rotten Tomatoes has given Knives Out 97%. The trailer when I saw it this summer caught my eye immediately, and while it certainly is modernized and creatively directed, the plot looks intriguing. Find it in theaters today and have a look at the trailer below to learn more.

Francophile find

If I Had a Mas in Provence by Lizzie Napoli

While published nearly 20 years ago, Lizzie Napoli’s book is one to enjoy. Hard to find, but continually praised, “‘En Provence’ is filled with charming scenes of village life and pastoral vistas throughout the south of France. You will find in these pages how ‘mas’ (a traditional farmhouse in the south of France) were used to be built, and how it is still possible to live in them keeping the same harmony as before”. Full of illustrations along with inspiration, if you are looking for a simple, yet inspiring book to coax you to travel to Provence, this may be the one.


Max Mara Origano cable knit sweater, 40% off (Matches Sale)

Matches is currently having their annual holiday sale, and oodles of items are reduced up to 50%. Max Mara’s classic cable knit sweater is 40% off, and there are even more designer finds to discover.

Rejuvenation Stoneware Canister with acacia wood lid (five sizes and six color options)

I can never have enough coarse sea salt on my stove top for everyday cooking. The small dish I have for my salt has revealed itself to be too small, so I am looking to purchase a simple, yet much larger cannister, and Rejuvenation’s stoneware cannisters look to be just perfect.


The Chaperone, Masterpiece on PBS

Tune in to PBS this Sunday at 9pm to watch The Chaperone, starring Downton Abbey‘s Elizabeth McGovern who is the chaperone to Louise Brooks, “the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn’t break, epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15 year-old student in Wichita, Kansas for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother insists there be a chaperone. The Chaperon, Norma Carlisle is a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer”. Have a look at the trailer below.

~Saffron, Rose and Pistachio Bread recipe~

And the holidays begin! School is out for a full week, and I am giddy about the time to rest, then spend time with family, and of course, eat very, very well. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and with the anticipation of the first “real” snowfall expected to happen this week in Bend, I will admit, I am extremely happy to see the weekend arrive.

Whether you are traveling for Thanksgiving, staying home, or not celebrating Thanksgiving because, well, you don’t live in the United States, ;), I hope you are slowly if not quickly becoming excited for the holiday season. There are many details and moments to savor, and if we thoughtfully welcome and edit what works best with the limited time and energy we have, this truly can be a special time of year. Below I have found articles and one video I think you might enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~Feasting together with others may actually improve your health! [The New York Times]

~Paris’ Shakespeare & Co. turned 100 years old this week! Pop the Champagne! [Culture – BBC]

~However, if you are traveling in Paris, be aware – Pick pocketing is increasing. Read this to learn how to protect yourself [Travel & Leisure]

~Back to the good news in Paris. Retro French recipes are on the rise in restaurants in the city [CNN – Food & Drink]

~Keep it simple and live better when you Do One Thing At a Time [Marc and Angel]

~If you love The Crown, You’ll Love These Books [The New York Times]

~How to Stay Authentic and Remain True to Yourself [Live Bold and Bloom]

~A fascinating and insightful article about the Connection Between Confidence and Anxiety [Pick the Brain]

~Yep, unfortunately increased US import taxes on French wine are real, read this article to see inside a French winery and how they are determined to remain true to their wine and customers [Euro News]

~Christmas hallway decor ideas [Homes & Gardens UK]

~Bad grammar and a lousy dating life – are they related – could it be possible? [The Guardian]

~The Crown fans, a must-watch: The Olivia and Helena Interview

17 thoughts on “This & That: November 22, 2019

  1. Really good suggestions this week, Shannon! “Knives Out” just went on my list, as well as “The Chaperone.”

    My husband and I have thrown tradition to the wind and are going to a spa for Thanksgiving week. Time for a new paradigm that reflects our current stage of life. Lots of relaxing spa water treatments and a chef to prepare the feast. This may be our new tradition.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  2. Shannon, I found your brand and great content about a month ago and often listen to past podcasts. …I didn’t see anything about the Placemaker book on this post; did I miss it? Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Great list this week. I’m crying over the Mr. Rogers movie trailer — I’m going to need to go to this movie by myself as to not embarrass anyone I might go with! I loved that man.

  4. I just love your This & That lists, Shannon — you NEVER fail to find something that delights me. This time it’s “Knives Out”. I mean, seriously? Daniel Craig with a southern drawl? Don Johnson (I’ve had a mad, wild crush on him since “Miami Vice”, which tells you how ancient I am)? Jamie Lee Curtis? Murder most foul? How could it possibly get any better . . . oh, wait, that’s right: Rian Johnson writing & directing! I can hardly wait. (P.S. All the other stuff on your T&T list is great, too!)

    1. Kath…thank you for the book suggestion. I ordered it right off the bat for my adorable, horse-mad niece for Christmas!

  5. Hi Shannon, great posts, podcasts and emails. This book was recommended to me today and I think you might like it. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
    by Charlie Mackesy (Author). It is on amazon but I can’t seem to get a link here to make it easy for you. It is mostly illustrations with beautiful short story that will have you thinking of Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear and other great soul geniuses! Thanks again for your great blog.

  6. Hi Shannon. Been a fan of yours for a few years now, and I can honestly say your insight has been enriching. Thank you, and looking forward to the years to come!


  7. Fabulous media suggestions and articles…have just spent a cozy hour in my sunny kitchen with my coffee and NPR in the background. LOVE This and That posts Shannon. You curate such quality content! It makes my heart sing! Enjoy your well-deserved week off. As a former teacher I know how precious that time is. Happy Thanksgiving!

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