This & That: February 18, 2022
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New and nominated films to watch, new seasons of favorite series debuting, books on intriguing figures in British history, savoring the latter half of life even more than first half, the problem to preaching confidence without noting what it indirectly suggests, can someone be too positive?, a deeper dive into Abraham Lincoln in a new series, harnessing your mind, the power of the present moment and much, much more.

Books

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson

Highly recommended by fellow authors who have researched the brain who’s work I have found beneficial, and positively reviewed by tens of thousands, Rick Hanson’s Buddha’s Brain, published more than 10 years ago is worth reading to add more quality to your everydays. “By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha’s Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you’ll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.”

Confidence Culture by Shani Orgad and Rosalind Gill

Having read a profile piece in The Financial Times on the problem with confidence when it comes to women in the workplace, I was intrigued to explore Shani Orgad and Rosalind Gill’s new book Confidence Culture further. The authors make a compelling argument “that imperatives directed at women to ‘love your body’ and ‘believe in yourself’ imply that psychological blocks rather than entrenched social injustices hold women back. Interrogating the prominence of confidence in contemporary discourse about body image, workplace, relationships, motherhood, and international development, Orgad and Gill draw on Foucault’s notion of technologies of self to demonstrate how “confidence culture” demands of women near-constant introspection and vigilance in the service of self-improvement. They argue that while confidence messaging may feel good, it does not address structural and systemic oppression.” Certainly food for thought and much conversation.

From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks’ weekly Build A Life Atlantic articles are often shared on this weekly post, and with the time given by the pandemic, the Harvard professor turned his exploration of living a happy life into a new book. Sharing in the profile piece on NPR that leaving happiness to chance is to throw away an awesome gift to be savored during the second half of life as it really can even better than we may have thought.

Toxic Positivity: Keeping It Real in a World Obsessed with Being Happy by Whitney Goodman

Released earlier this month, therapist Whitney Goodman’s book Toxic Positivity “shares the latest research along with everyday examples and client stories that reveal how damaging toxic positivity is to ourselves and our relationships, and presents simple ways to experience and work through difficult emotions. The result is more authenticity, connection, and growth—and ultimately, a path to showing up as you truly are.”

You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh

I wanted to share another one of the many books by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh as the underlying theme of living simply luxuriously is finding and experiencing steady contentment throughout our everydays. How does this happen? By strengthening the skill of holding ourselves in the present moment. And the good news is that doing so is a skill. And a skill is something each of us can learn when we consciously choose to do so. In You Are Here, “offers a range of effective practices for cultivating mindfulness and staying in the present moment—including awareness of breathing and walking, deep listening, and skillful speech. These teachings will empower you to witness the wonder of life and transform your suffering, both within and outside you, into compassion, tenderness, and peace. As Thich Nhat Hanh declares, ‘the energy of mindfulness is the energy of the Buddha, and it can be produced by anybody.’ It is as simple as breathing in and breathing out.”

~A post you may be interested in – 6 Benefits of Meditation and How to Meditate in Your Daily Life

British Find

The Duchess Countess by Catherine Ostler

A biography that was named the Best Book of the Summer by The Sunday Times in Britain last year, The Duchess Countess tells the story of the “glamorous Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston, Countess of Bristol, who went on trial at Westminster Hall for bigamy in April 1776, the story drew more attention in society than the American War of Independence.”

The Last Bus

I am looking forward to watching this new film which hits theaters today. Starring (Timothy Spall) and Downton Abbey’s Phyllis Logan as Spall’s character’s late wife which inspires Tom Harper (Spall), the old soldier, 90-year-old to take “an epic trip from his home of fifty years – a remote village in the most northerly point of Scotland – back to the place he was born – close to England’s most southerly point. Battling against time, age and fate, desperate to keep a promise to his beloved wife Mary, our intrepid hero Tom embarks on an odyssey, revisiting his past, connecting with the modern world and a diverse, multi-cultural Britain he has never experienced. The Last Bus is a road movie; a film about love, loss and the human spirit. A film that reminds us we are not alone – and that we’re all on this ride together…” Have a look at the trailer below.

Modern English: Todhunter Earle Interiors by Helen Chislett

I continue to be drawn to classic English interiors. The many layers, details that create a welcoming and signature space intrigue me to no end, and trying to understand how to create my own such space, while taking time, is a lesson in patience, but gradually, it is paying off. The interior design house Todhunter Earle Interiors was founded in 1998 by Emily Todhunter and Kate Earle and based in Chelsea, London. “Renowned for creating beautiful, sensitively considered interiors around the world, the new book by Helen Chislett showcases 18 projects showcase displaying their extraordinarily varied catalogue of work, revealing the pivotal factors and challenges encountered on each design journey. This sumptuous book encapsulates Todhunter Earle’s instinctive approach: relaxed, unpretentious, and discreet interiors that whisper rather than shout, each one embodying the right feel for the client.”

Film

Licorice Pizza

Alana Haim’s performance in Licorice Pizza has earned her a Golden Globe nomination and a BAFTA nomination (but not an Oscar nod strangely enough). The storyline centers around “Alana Kane (Haim) and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973.” After watching an interview with the 30-year-old actress, I became further interested in watching this film. Have a look at the trailer below and look for it in theaters now.

Shopping

BA&SH Beige Muse belted cotton-blend gabardine field jacket

Simple, timeless, neutral, perfect for layering with many different outfits.

Television

Abraham Lincoln, new series, History

As many readers know, having taught history throughout my teaching tenure and studied British and American history in college, I have long been interested in knowing more than the overview often taught to me as a child or written in old school textbooks. A new 3-night documentary event focusing on the man that has been labeled the Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln, explores all of the nuisances often overlooked that moved him to do what he did. Doris Kearns Goodwin who wrote a lengthy and in-depth biography of Lincoln (Team of Rivals) contributed to this new series on History, and after listening to this segment on NPR, I will be tuning in. It premieres Sunday February 20th. Have a look at the trailer below.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Season 4 premiere

Premiering today on Amazon Prime, the long-anticipated fourth season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel returns. Critics have shared the first two episodes get off to a slow start, but the season is definitely one to watch. Have a look at the trailer below.

~State of the Union, season 2

I have not seen the first season created by Nick Hornby who meticulously writes the scripts for each of his characters, no improvising takes place at all, but I am a fan of Patricia Clarkson, and after watching the trailer and her interactions with Brendan Gleason I will do my best to watch Season 2. A new approach to a television series, it consists of “ten, ten-minute episodes of an original comedy series about contemporary relationships. Each episode is set immediately before a couple has their weekly marital therapy session. Unacknowledged and unanalyzed, these stolen moments used to get their story straight for the therapist, may be starting to build bridges back to what made them what they were.” Have a look at the trailer below and find it on Sundance now.


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There are a few hints of spring around Le Papillon, and the first are these deep yellow crocuses that popped up last weekend. They continue to shine each day, close up at night and needless to say, they make me smile. 🙂

Plans are revving up as all of the preordering for TSLL’s 3rd book – the signed bookplates, the new Croissant notepads, the silk embroidered bookmarks from England for TOP Tier Members – are all ordered and en route to Le Papillon, and my hope is that next weekend, I will be busily packaging everything up and sending out to you, TSLL readers, to enjoy as you begin to place your preorders for the actual book – The Road to Le Papillon: Daily Meditations on True Contentment on March 1st (paperback and hardback!). There is still time to take advantage of 40% savings on TSLL’s 1st and 2nd books (signed copies) as well as 15% savings on any Croissant notepad through February 28th. Learn more about the promo codes here in this post.

As well, I cannot wait to host my first dinner party at my house this weekend. It has been since the summer of 2019 I have gathered more than a few people to share with them food, drink and time to catch up and enjoy each others’ company. Needless to say, I am quite excited. 🙂

This week on the blog, love was talked about in great detail; both in this post – the 8 Paradoxes of Real Love – and in Saturday’s Ponderings . . . . I did more than a bit of shopping for readers with Wednesday’s Outfits of the Month: Prepping for Paris in the Spring post, sharing three detailed outfits to wear should you be dreaming about hopping on a plane and heading to Paris in the next few months (it sounds like more than a few people will be), and updated a favorite post on Meditating as on my own journey learning this valuable skill, the more I practice, the better my mind and days become. Lastly, but most deliciously, look for a new recipe to be posted this weekend that will tickle your childhood tastebuds, but also take it up a luxurious notch. 😉

Below I have gathered up three videos I think you will enjoy, and articles on a variety of topics and for many different interests. Thank you for stopping by today. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, and until this weekend, bonne journée!

~Are you one of the many people making their travel plans to “Go Big” this spring and summer? Turns out many people are as shared in this article – Travel’s Theme for 2022? Go Big [The New York Times]

~9 Ways to overcome fear of uncertainty effectively [LifeHack]

~I watched an episode recently of the 80s dramedy Lovejoy starring Ian McShane and had to chuckle as an Aga stove was in the background throughout one scene. The room was not anything special, just a room and the stove was the necessity to cook and heat the home. The Aga, in more recent times, has become a luxury item in the eyes of many, especially Americans, but it began as a necessity for many different everyday reasons. However, if you have the good fortune to have one or would like to have one in the future, read this post for Design Ideas with the dreamed about Aga [House & Garden UK]

~Speaking of traditional English decor eras – the Arts & Crafts movement, this house is a dream – marrying craftsmanship and color. I adore this home. [House & Garden UK]

~My own daffodils are now stretching three inches out of the earth, which reminds me that their annual appearance is about to begin! Explore an Experts Pick of Daffodils [The English Garden]

~I very much enjoyed Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile last weekend, and his version of Poirot is certainly in respect to Agatha Christie’s depiction of the beloved Belgian sleuth. So what does make a good Hercule Poirot? [The New York Times]

~Thoroughly appreciated this article as someone who lives in a small house but intentionally designed the interior to appear large, yet welcoming and cozy – What Makes a Small Room Look Bigger? (and you guessed it – embrace prints, wallpaper and patterns! But there is more to note as well :)) [WSJ]

~A jolly big thank you to TSLL reader Michelle for bringing to my attention when the date of the new HBO Max series Julia will premiere. In this article as well, see the first images from the series. Mark your calendars for March 31st! [people]

~Just in case you need more convincing to always have a book to read with you wherever your daily schedule takes you. This was a fun read and a reminder to help us let go of technology a bit more [Book Riot]

~Are highly successful entrepreneurs born or made? An interesting pondering post [Life Hack]

~Did you hear? Friend of TSLL and Provençal Murder writer M.L. Longworth’s book series has been turned into a television series on BritBox! Yep! And they just released the trailer. Here it is. Mark you calendars for March 1st!

~Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton, Season 2 is also about to premiere . . . on March 25th. I just love who was revealed as the Lady Whistledown at the end of season 1. Here is the trailer.

~And as you step into your weekend, a TEDx Talk that I highly recommend watching to inspire you to make the change you may think is impossible (it’s not!). This was actually a talk given in Bend, Oregon, in 2017 by Patti Dobrowolski on Creative Genius. Dobrowolski became known and respected for her first TEDxTalk that introduced the idea of drawing your future she explores even further in her second (that you see below).


Check out last week’s This & That: February 11, 2022

A new series from Shondaland, a long-awaited premiere of a new rendition of an Agatha Christie favorite, a beautiful new rattan tray perfect for the cottage and English aesthetic you may be wanting to bring into your home, a must-have dessert cookbook for the baker in your life (is it you?!), fictional and historical books that are drawing critics’ praise, a French movie from the past that is perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend, a new gardening course for anyone with limited space to welcome their favorite flowers and herbs, and much, much more. 

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28 thoughts on “This & That: February 18, 2022

  1. What a delightful collection of Good Things, Shannon! I always enjoy the weekly T&T & this week’s is no exception. But before I get into that, I wanted to tell you (belatedly) how much I love TSLL’s new look! I know how much work you & your team put into it and it shows, from the new headers to the nifty navigation/font/contrast control to the much-improved access to recent posts & the archives (which was something I had trouble with in the past). The entire blog looks & feels sophisticated and yet very welcoming & is a treat from beginning to end. Please pass along my appreciation to the hardworking hands behind the scenes as well 🙂

    Books: I recently finished reading “Murder at Mallowan Hall” (Coleen Cambridge) which you recommended, & absolutely loved it! I’m a voracious reader but very fussy when it comes to “cozies” as I find too many of them poorly crafted & I’m too old to waste time on badly written books, regardless of how clever the plot. But Cambridge is an old hand at telling a great story well & MAMH is really good — I can hardly wait for the next in the series. I also bought Julia Cameron’s “Seeking Wisdom” & Thich Nhat Hanh’s “How to Love” on your recommendation & while I’ve not had time to even open them yet, I anticipate much good reading. I’ve added all the titles from this week’s T&T to my reading list as they all look terrific!

    Two things I’ve been meaning to pass on: a brilliant weekly blogletter “Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper (News & Views Above the Noise.)” that I find filled to the brim with all manner of interesting connections, reading & links. It’s sub-titled: “Inspire hearts & minds. Move humanity forward. Live your wildly authentic life” & it really does all that & more. Now, she is a woman of deep faith & that is reflected at times, but it’s absolutely not a “religious” newsletter in any way ( I’m as secular as they come & have never had a problem with it). Another great blog that covers a wealth of interesting things but in a completely different direction (art, creativity, history): “The Marginalian” {formerly Brain Pickings) by Maria Popova. (I can’t seem to get the links to embed so you’ll have to hunt them down via Google, sorry!)

    Sorry this is so long — I’ve been collecting things to say for weeks! LOL! Have a great weekend, everyone!

    1. Susanne,

      Good morning and thank you for all that you have shared! Hearing from you is always a delight and your entire comment made me smile. I am excited for what you decide to do when you build your house (per your comment below). Isn’t Schubert’s home thoughtfully decorated and truly honors both design aesthetics beautifully. I too was more drawn to it than I expected.

      Tickled to hear you enjoyed MAMH. I agree with you regarding being quite selective when I do pick up the occasional cozy, and this one was well done.

      Thank you for the reminder about Shriver’s newsletter. I have enjoyed it in the past and what you have shared (it sounds like you and I are in the same boat) regarding the tone I remember to be true. And yes, The Marginalian is a wonderful, in-depth, thoughtfully written and wonderfully researched blog and newsletter. I highly recommend it as well. Thank you for sharing both with me and TSLL readers.

      So glad you stopped by and I will definitely pass along your compliments on the design to my web designers. 😌 I initially was hesitant to take on the redesign especially as it overlapped with other big projects, but now that I see what the team was able to do, it was a decision I would make again without a doubt. Readers’ enjoyment and ease of reading was the goal and I am grateful you are finding both with the new look. Thank you very much for sharing. 💛

  2. [OMG, me again — you’re going to start charging me rent!] But I had to thank you for the link to the utterly incredible House & Garden article on the London home done over by Brandon Schubert! Holy cow, what a gorgeous house! I’m not generally a huge A&C fan — I’ve seen some I like & many I don’t — but I am crazy mad for Mid-Century Modern & am blown away by how Schubert has married these two (I would have thought) dissimilar styles into something remarkable. My head’s abuzz. And, Shannon — isn’t that YOUR wallpaper in their bathroom?? The green willow pattern? In the house we’re building I’m merging MCM with (our existing) hippie/Boho (which are at least similar to each other!) but I’m also determined to work some William Morris in there somewhere . . . so who knows, that willow pattern may find its way up here to the wild of coastal British Columbia, too!

  3. I have really enjoyed perusing this weeks This & That (as Storm Eunice gathers up pace outside my window!)
    I found and enjoy Arthur Brooks’ column in the Atlantic via TSLL and so I am really interested in his book.
    I had a tear in my eye simply watching the trailer for The Last Bus and so I will definitely be enjoying that. Licorice Pizza too.
    And of course… Mrs Maisel returns! I cannot wait to watch (currently watching Stanley Tucci Searching for Italy each evening and then shall rejoin Midge).
    Thank you for so much cultural inspiration to enjoy
    Happy weekend!
    Sarah x

    1. Sarah, Wishing you a safe and cozy weekend as Storm Eunice passes through.

      I just read Arthur Brooks’ overview piece of his new book and I think you will enjoy it – https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2022/02/happiness-age-investment/622818/

      Stanley Tucci’s series is such a treat! Look for Season 2 in March. I cannot wait to travel back to Italy with him, learn more history and watch more delicious pasta being made and savored.

      Thank you for sharing what spoke to you. Have a restful weekend. 😌

      1. Thank you for the link! Much enjoyed. Our enjoyment of Stanley’s series has resulted in booking tickets to see his tour at the Opera House in early April. I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend.
        Sarah x

  4. Thank you for all your great suggestions, Shannon! Can’t wait to catch the new season of Mrs. Maisel. She is a breath of fresh air on the screen. I just returned from a week in the US and I must say I have missed you Americans with your positive outlook on life, always charging ahead and looking for new opportunities.

    By the way, a new season of “Badehotellet” is airing in Norway now so you may want to look for it in the US as well. A sure sign of spring for me!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Good afternoon! Thank you for stopping by and happy to hear your trip to the states went well. 😌 And so tickled to hear there is a new season of Seaside Hotel! I cannot wait. Thank you for the heads up. You are my Danish This & That who keeps me in the know. ☺️

      Have a wonderful weekend as well. Bonne journée!

    2. Just finished season 8 and am so happy season 9 will be available soon. Goodness, I love that show!

  5. Hi Sharon: I really enjoy your This and That columns. Just a head’s up that Doris Kearns Goodwin is the historian who wrote A Team Of Rivals and contributed to the new Abraham Lincoln series.

  6. Gosh Shannon!
    I literally teared up watching the trailer for The Last Bus. I certainly hope it comes our way, although many movies are not shown in our theater unless it is action or super hero. I did get the immense joy of watching Death on the Nile last weekend and it was fabulous.
    How could those lovely yellow crocuses not bring a smile.
    I can not wait to hear what you serve at your dinner party. I am ready to have one myself as it has been a long time since welcoming friends around the table.
    I had not heard about Julia, and now cannot wait for the release. I am also looking forward to Murder in Provence.
    Thank you for another week of inspiration!
    ~Michelle

    1. Thank you for stopping by Michelle. 😌 Yes, the Julia series looks wonderful and with the cast, I think it will be quite good. I am happy to see British actress Sarah Lancaster (from Last Tango in Halifax) as Julia.

      Fingers crossed that also goes well for the dinner party and I look forward to sharing the menu in coming posts. As you’ve shared, just being around and sitting down with friends will be quite special. 😌

      Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. You may have convinced me to subscribe to BritBox. I love M.L. Longworth’s books. I have read several of them. I may also have to pick up Buddha’s Brain. I teach ancient religions and this sounds like a fascinating look into these great men. But I will save it for summer. It looks like a complex read. I don’t think my “in-school” brain can handle that much thinking right now. Especially this year. Enjoy the weekend.

    1. What a fascinating course to teach. Oh how I would love to be a student in the room! I do enjoy my BritBox subscription. I let go of YouTubeTV before I give up my Anglophile channels. ☺️🇬🇧❤️

      Thinking of you and all teachers as you make it through this year. I cannot imagine how this year has been challenging and unprecedented. Wishing you a restful and rejuvenating weekend. 😌

  8. Happy weekend Shannon,
    Ooh! I am looking forward to watching Murder in Provence on Britbox. The trailer for State of the Union looks quite good (interesting to me as a retired therapist), however, I hesitate to have to pay for another streaming service. Please let us know your thoughts if you watch it. Enjoy hosting your dinner party, and please give us the lovely details! ~

    1. Happy weekend Karen!!

      Oh, how interesting indeed this series of the couple pre-sessions would be especially seen from your perspective. I think you may be able to view a few of these short episodes for free. Be sure to take a look.

      Thank you for stopping by and saying hello. 😌

  9. Thanks Shannon for all the great recommendations. I plan to rent The Last Bus to watch on my plane trip next weekend to finally see my family after 2 years, so excited. I listened to the interview on NPR with Arthur Brooks on his book From Strength to Strength and emailed to some of my friends. Planning to pick up the book today. After retiring last summer and enjoying all the free time, I realized it’s important to stay engaged and explore myself and this chapter of my life, so far it’s been wonderful. But looking forward to learning more. I think about all your walks and outdoor adventures with Norman when I am hiking, running, snowshoeing with Scout. We both love the cold and snowy weather and after a late start we are having a snow storm a week which has been amazing. Have a lovely weekend to you and your readers

    1. Josanne,

      Wishing you a wonderful time with your family. So happy you will be making this trip. I cannot imagine how excited you must be. 😌

      Doesn’t Arthur Brooks’ book look to be a great, informative, but also inspiring read? I too cannot wait to read it.

      So happy you and Scout are savoring the winter weather. Sending her big loves. 🐾❤️

      Thank you for stopping by. 💛

  10. Thank you for such great content as always, Shannon!

    I’m very curious to hear your thoughts on Licorice Pizza if/when you see it. I just saw it last night and was shocked that the “love story” focuses on a 15-year-old boy and a 25-year-old woman. I didn’t realize that from any of the trailers or marketing and I wasn’t sure how to feel about this dynamic, though the movie otherwise was well done. The Haim family was excellent in it.

    I hadn’t heard about the Julia series until this post — very much looking forward to that one.

    Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

    1. Sydney,

      Thank you for stopping by! I haven’t seen LP yet, so thank you for the heads up on the age differences. I did not know this. Quite interesting that they left that detail out of the trailer. Know doubt not by accident. I heard as you have shared that the entire Haim family was in the film and played Alana’s on screen family! Love it.

      Yes, I have been waiting as patiently as I could to learn when the Julia series would air and am excited that it will be soon!

      I hope you had a great weekend and thank you again for your comment.😌

  11. This week’s post is exceptionally full of goodies! Thanks so much for sharing. I truly teared up while watching The Last Bus trailer. I am looking forward to finding out where to watch!

  12. A lovely list of recommendations. So much to explore . Your crocus is delightful. I.have loads of wild primroses to enjoy and the daffodils are nearly ready to open but as usual they are getting battered by some stormy weather. Spring is definitely on its way. I am curious about Buddha’s Brain and will be ordering it. I do not have television out of choice so a lot of the subscriptions are not for me. But I enjoyed Lovejoy the first time round in the UK and an Aga cooker is hearth of the kitchen. I miss mine very much. I did everything with it from cooking all sorts of delicious meals. It has two cavernous ovens . One for roasting and the other for simmering. Great for making overnight oatmeal in the winter. Useful for emergency drying of clothing and warming my toes!! Hope you have a fabulous dinner party. It’s great to be socialising again. A nod to normality. Xx

    1. Primroses – sounds lovely. 😌 And isn’t Lovejoy just fun? I have been rewatching episodes as it just makes me chuckle. Tinker, Eric, Jane and of course, Lovejoy. 😌 The Aga stove sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing more about it. I hope you had a lovely weekend and thank you for your comment.

  13. What a wonderful T&T! I hope you all had a great weekend – and a great dinner party, for Shannon. 🙂

    My favourites:
    – Toxic Positivity – I am glad someone agrees with me here, and bring this up to a larger public. When too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing. Common sense trumps blind optimism every step of the way. I know, I know, it’s boring and it sounds like I am 93 years old – but believe me, it keeps your life balanced and your mind, sane.
    -You Are Here
    – The Last Bus
    – Mrs. Maisel – of course!
    – Arts & Crafts – As someone whose home is decorated within a mix of modern and Arts & Crafts styles (I am not into Mid Century Modern per se though – but I have a few pieces that belong to that time period) , I am only too fully aware of the difficulties of pulling off this combination. One can call it Eclectic or Fusion, or whatever. For me, these are just the things that I like to surround myself with and that, by and large, fall into these categories. Mr. Schubert does a superb job here – and a few two or three inspiration points, well, I just might have to copy…, I mean, emulate… 😉

    “Always Have a Book at Hand” – if not literally on your hand 🙂 -, is one of my “mantras”. I might do a quick search for a info research or a quote, via electronic media, but apart from that, it’s only paper for me. I know, I know, but I swear I am not 93… 😉 It’s only my personal preference and my choice.

    Sometimes I wish I would have a paper version of TSLL to peruse over the weekend – hey, Shannon, ever thought about making also TSLL magazine, I mean, on paper?… It already reads like one, in my opinion, and excellent one, at that. 🙂 I know, I know, it was just a funny crazy thought… I, for one, would miss all the interaction with other readers, etc.etc. that make TSLL the great place it is.

    “Drawing Your Future” is an interesting idea to consider and discuss – a well ‘designed’ future will make for a great ‘present’, but let’s not forget to live this current ‘present’, that was once carefully ‘designed’ exactly to be enjoyed!

    And on that note, I wish you all a great week! And many pats to Norman, and all other pets.

    Beautiful Crocuses! 🙂

    1. Sorry, forgot something on My Favourites…

      – Licorice Pizza – looking forward to watch. And may I suggest two other coming-of-age films that you might not know and might want to consider watching: “Cemetery Junction” (great performances of many British known actors), and “Blinded by the Light” (great performances, multiculturalism, and lots of Bruce Springsteen music, plus based on a real story).

      🙂

    2. Isabel,

      Thank you for all that you have shared! So happy to hear you are enjoying the interaction with fellow TSLL community. And I appreciate especially your thoughts on common sense vs blind optimism. Agree, agree, agree. 😌

      And thank you for your film recommendations. I will be checking those out! Wishing you a wonderful brand new week. ☺️

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