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What are you up to this weekend? I’m reading The Friend on many readers’ recommendations. Also, my parents have both been vaccinated in Michigan and I’m thrilled! Hope you and your loved ones are staying safe. Have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

Your kids aren’t too old for picture books, and neither are you. (New York Times)

The Father — a movie about dementia starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman — looks fantastic.

These lasagna photos! (New York Magazine)

“I tracked down the kids who bullied me in high school. Here’s what they had to say.”

What is it about chewy brownies?

I’ve been wearing this perfume recently and people stop me on the street to ask what it is.

Busted.

Royal interviews can be stuffy, so James Cordon driving around in a tour bus with Prince Harry feels funny and refreshing.

Jessica Olien’s infertility comics are really moving.

The UX on this small child is terrible,” haha.

How much money is enough?

The exterior of this home is gorgeous!

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Jules on how to practice mindfulness: “My favorite mindful practice is walking my dog in the winter. My dog LOVES cold weather, and she taught me to embrace it completely. We live in Minnesota, so there is a lot of opportunity. The cold puts you fully in your body and senses with a wakefulness that is hard to replicate. You feel so alive. I even love it below zero. No earbuds. No phone. Silence. Sensation. Observation.”

Says Lauren on a big night: “I wore leopard print chiffon to a DMV appointment in the fall. That holiday dress was NOT going to languish in the closet.”

(Photo by Levain Bakery. Bullies via Kottke.)

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  1. Jamie says...

    Joanna, I’ve lost track of how many years I’ve been reading your blog. I feel as if you, your collection of contributors, and followers are my tribe. Once again, like so many times before you are spot on with a suggestion! I arrived home tonight to open the amazing birthday gift I bought myself on your suggestion. The Lake and Skye is absolutely perfect. I’m divorced, living with a pup and cat, have spent more time working and being alone this last year than I have in my entire life and I so look forward to still feeling connected to women friends, thanks to your transparent and lovely blog. I’ve forgotten many, but yours remains my favorite.

  2. Lindsey says...

    I ordered the Lake & Skye perfume based on your recommendation and am so glad I did. It arrived in my mailbox today and I’m already obsessed! Thank you for the tip, Joanna! :-)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’m so glad, Lindsey!

  3. Lisa says...

    Joanna, I just received my Lake & Skye 11 11 perfume and wow…the scent is beautiful. Thank you for the recommendation, Lisa

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      So glad you like it!

  4. Brit says...

    I would also LOVE to read a full post on your lifestyle and see your farm! This sounds like a dream.

  5. Rosa says...

    On the topic of picture books: anyone else jumps straight to the photo section of any biography? I love those 10 or so pages that give a glimpse into the person’s world.

    • Maryn says...

      Yes! Every time.

    • Julia Ritz Toffoli says...

      Who has the self-control not to do that!? :)

  6. Rosa says...

    The picture book piece from the NYT spoke to me. I have a toddler and have been enjoying picture books with her a lot (sometimes, I enjoy them more than she does). At Christmas, we got her the Winter book from the ‘All Around Bustletown’ (a German Wimmelbilderbuch with large-scale images featuring different stories throughout) and I became obsessed.

    I soon ordered the other seasons for myself (we plan to give her the Spring book on Spring Solstice and so on) and in the evenings, after she went to bed, I’d dig them out and immerse myself in the characters’ stories, and how they (and the city pictured in the book) changed and evolved throughout the seasons. I consider myself an avid reader and love a good novel, but for once, following a story through illustrations was a very special way to spend some quiet time. The book is full of characters whose stories evolve throughout the narrative year, and a few one-off characters that left me curious and wondering about their lives and stories. It’s a simple, kid-friendly series but as an adult, I got totally hooked!

    • Erin says...

      Rosa, we have the ‘All Year Round’ version of this book – it is SO well loved in our home. My kids affectionately refer to it as “the finding book” and I plan to give this as a gift over and over. We’ve had it for over a year (gave it to my almost 3 yo for Christmas a year ago) and we still look at it multiple times a week – it’s one of my favorites too. I’m so happy others are enjoying it!

  7. K says...

    I love picture books, I still remember quite strongly the books my elementary school teachers shared, books by Patricia Polacco, Chris Van Allsburg, Tomie dePaola, Maurice Sendak, Arnold Lobel, Bill Peet, and so many other one-offs. I still want to live in them!

    When I was in junior high my uncles gifted me Griffin & Sabine, which also made quite the impression. I didn’t know they made picture books for grownups.

  8. Yay!!! So delighted you are reading The Friend, Joana! Looking forward to hearing what you think :)

  9. Noelle says...

    I love the article about picture books! The first book I read this year was The Lost Spells, written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. It’s Robert’s lovely poems about nature set against Jackie’s beautiful paintings, and it immediately brought me back to reading books as a kid.

  10. shade says...

    That house exterior is incredible. Reminds me of something out of Grand Designs!

  11. Thank you for sharing Jessica Olien’s posts on infertility! She captures those feelings so honestly.
    Through her posts via hashtags, I found “the fertility tribe” – site and app that has helped me with my journey!

  12. Nikki says...

    Hi Jo
    Long time reader and I am really am thrilled for you that your parents are getting Covid vaccinations this weekend.
    We all want that for our parents around the world especially those of us in the developing world. Can I please urge you when speaking about Covid vaccinations to encourage your readers in the USA, UK, Canada and Europe more broadly to lobby your leaders against vaccine apartheid. There are various ways you can push for equitable global distribution of vaccines through the COVAX initiative, through suspension of patents of major drug companies and through encouraging your governments to not order vast amounts of doses over and above the required amount for your whole population.
    You can read more here:
    https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/2/26/system-change-not-charity-will-end-the-vaccine-apartheid
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/02/24/wealthy-nations-must-act-prevent-global-vaccine-apartheid/
    Thank you

    • Isabelle says...

      Hi Nikki and Cup of Jo team; Joanna, I feel thrilled for your parents!
      Just got sick with Covid and it’s been quite a story since I got complications from asthma. Really encourage readers with pre-existant health issues to get vaccination! I wish I did, but haven’t got access yet.

  13. Quiet Life says...

    Re: “How much money is enough?”: I wish more people would embrace the FIRE movement. My husband and I retired three years ago at age 40, and now live very, very comfortably on less than $25K a year. After we retired, we went on an extended round-the-world trip, then bought a small farm. To be clear, neither of us came from money: we worked our way through lower-priced state schools so as to accumulate no student loans, and before we retired we never made more than $40K a year. We worked and saved and avoided all of the standard trappings (and debt) of American middle-class life.

    Now our days are our own to do as we like – I read, run, swim, sew, hike, bake, manage our livestock, grow and preserve most of our own food, volunteer in the community and donate to causes I’m passionate about (food sovereignty and reproductive rights!). We have no debt; we drive late-90s cars with close to 300K miles; books come from the library and everything else comes from garage sales, thrift stores or charity shops. For the most part, we buy very little and we don’t shop online. We also cook all of our own meals, do our own maintenance, repair all of our machinery and equipment and make or borrow what we need to keep the house and farm running. Self-sufficiency provides a sense of pride that I’ve never found in passive consumption.

    FIRE is naturally environmentally-friendly, because a frugal lifestyle precludes wasteful, unnecessary spending and shopping. I thought optimistically that the pandemic would encourage more people to pursue FIRE, but from what I’ve read and seen, that didn’t happen. I decided long ago that my time is worth far more to me than the latest “must-have” boots, fancy car or newest smartphone, and I’ve never once regretted that decision. Resisting the seductive pull of peer pressure and capitalist culture isn’t easy, but the reward is more than worth the sacrifice – to me, at least.

    • Cora says...

      We need an entire post dedicated to you, how you got there, and what your farm looks like. Thank you for sharing!

    • Susan says...

      I’ve read about this and find it really interesting. Where does your $25,000/ yr come from? Savings? Investments? Do you have real estate?

    • NM says...

      Fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

    • amber says...

      Inspired! Also how did you save for a farm on $40K a year – is it financed? Would love to see a Money Diary ala refinery29 of how you cover all this on less than $25K. Thank you!

    • Betsy says...

      Your life sounds wonderful, but I’m curious – do you have health insurance?

    • Kyley Cleary says...

      Wow, you’re an inspiration! I completely agree with your views on life and would also love to read a post on your journey :-)

    • Kamaile says...

      Retiring at 40 sounds amazing! This is a interesting topic and I would love to hear more about you too. Maybe a post idea Joanna? 😁

    • Kathryn says...

      Would love a post on this!

    • Bonnie says...

      Congratulations, Quiet Life! My husband and I discovered the FIRE movement about seven years ago through Mr. Money Mustache, and were hooked. Wished we’d found it earlier in our lives, but thankful we did. I was able to retire this year and he’s two years out. I love the saying, “All this stuff…it used to be money. And all that money…it used to be time.”

    • Quiet Life says...

      Thank you for your replies! I am passionate about financial literacy (especially for women!) and will discuss thorny and awkward money-related topics ALL DAY LONG, but don’t wish to poach space on someone else’s blog. If anyone wishes to continue this conversation, please email me at johngaltsfarm(at)gmail(dot)com. Bonnie, many congratulations on your FIRE life! Glad to encounter another adherent here.

      Thanks to the CoJ team for their gracious hospitality.

    • emilee says...

      wow, this is so inspiring. i’d love to read a post on your lifestyle and how you got there too!

    • Tamara says...

      My husband and have been pursuing FI for a number of years now and have used this year to double down on our efforts. While we won’t be retiring early-we both enjoy our work as teachers-we appreciate the flexibility & independence FI is giving us. While we love our jobs we are no longer dependent on them. Because of our work toward FI and having always lived on just one paycheck I was able to take a leave from my job this year to support our children’s education at home. We aren’t completely FI yet but even with me not working this year we are still closer to it.
      Would love to hear more of your story and anyone else who is pursuing FI, especially with tweens/teens.

    • Tazza says...

      I would also love to read a post about this!

    • Shannon says...

      Your life sounds like my goal! The older I get the more I realize that my time and (physical/mental) health are my most valuable assets and I’ve become very protective of them. I’d love to read and learn more about all things in this post.

  14. Meagan says...

    Cooks Illustrated solved the chewy brownie conundrum back in 2010 with their Chewy Brownie recipe. It’s been my go to recipe since it came out. The key is a mix of melted butter and oil, and two egg yolks in addition to two eggs. Also you have to let them fully cool. I’ve never looked back since I made that recipe and rest easily knowing I’ve found my holy grail of brownie perfection.

    • Megan says...

      Love this tip!

  15. Christen says...

    I just promised myself a no-buy March since I bought ALL OF THE THINGS in February. Now I’m over here considering spending $50 on 10 ml of perfume 😆 I am such a sucker for anything COJ recommends because it’s usually that good.

    • cherry says...

      that means you’ve got one day left to buy it before march! go go go! hahaha

  16. Love the article on picture books! I completely agree. I’ve also started reading more nonfiction children’s and YA books on things I want to learn about since they often give information so concisely! A picture book my kids and I have recently enjoyed is, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/557388/the-oldest-student-how-mary-walker-learned-to-read-by-rita-lorraine-hubbard-illustrated-by-oge-mora/

    • Tovah says...

      This reminds me of something I read about preparing to be a contestant on Jeopardy!— the person checked out a million kids non-fiction books which gave enough concise information on the topics to do well on the show. Seems cool!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s so cool, tovah!

  17. Aileen says...

    This weekend will be quite dull. We are still on a form of lockdown in Scotland so not much can be done. However its meant to be beautiful weather so I think we will get the fire pit out and make the most of it. Regards the James Corden Interview with Prince Harry, I think it is one of the best things I have seen in years. I cannot tell you how many times I have watched it. Absolutely loved it (and am slightly perving on Harry every time he climbs that rope!). I also love the fact they call each other Haz and Meg. Just lovely.

  18. Jamie says...

    Wow, did anyone else read that hilarious list of reasons people give for liking chewy v. cakey brownies. So good!

    I’m going to go make and eat a pan of brownies now.

  19. Amy says...

    At the start of seventh grade, my bestie told me a boy had been teasing her. I could see that she was upset. Recess came and I went looking for this guy. I had no idea who he was but when I finally found him, I told him off and gave him the stink eye while doing it ;)

    Another time, a student from a different school started a fight with my brother. Next thing, I knew, they were both punching each other but my brother definitely got more punches in because I was holding that guy’s arms!

    My brother and best friend retold these stories in their speeches for my wedding. I remember thinking why are they telling stories from high school? I barely remembered those events but after reading the bullying article, it made me realize how much of an impact those days were to them and how important it was to have someone by their side.

  20. Nadine says...

    Is it weird that I want to see Lauren’s DMV photo? (If so, let me say that I DO love a good animal print.)

  21. Cheryl says...

    God me the serenity to accept a she-shed,
    The courage to flee to this she-shed as often as possible,
    And the wisdom to keep its location a secret
    From everyone.
    Amen

    • Tovah says...

      Haha!

  22. Mags says...

    I loved that video of Prince Harry! I never really watch royal things (except The Crown) and I laughed so hard watching this!!!

    • Anu says...

      It really was special! A breath of fresh air.

  23. Christina says...

    Every Friday when I finish work, my husband and I take our dog for a long neighbourhood walk, then when we come home I mix a large G&T and settle in for the Cup of Jo Friday read. It truly is the perfect way for me to segue from work to weekend! Reading the comments is the cherry on top :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that makes me so happy, Christina! thank you for saying so.

  24. Sara says...

    That house made me suddenly want a “she shed.” (But wow I hate that phrase!)

  25. Ella says...

    I am so curious what you’ll think of The Friend! I’m an English professor and mostly teach Victorian things but I am absolutely obsessed with this book, and with Sigrid Nunez. Feather on the Breath of God is really interesting too (her early work, with a ballet angle).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      a ballet angle????? ooh, definitely want to read that!

    • Sarah says...

      The heavy cry I had near the end of that book was so cathartic and memorable. I think it touched on a lot of untouched grief I hadn’t allowed myself to experience. I want to read it again.

    • Ella says...

      Majorly cathartic. Sometimes I think we let ourselves feel things with and about animals we can’t access otherwise…

      Feather on the Breath of God is heavy in a different way, with some difficult wrestling with sexual violence and complicity (largely unrelated to the ballet aspect). So, so worth reading.

    • amber says...

      Wish I could get into this book – I badly need a good cry! Alas I cannot. Maybe I’ll try again in a little while.

    • Megan says...

      Slightly related, Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead is a fascinating novel about ballet. . .a subject I know nothing about but this book had me hooked.

  26. laura says...

    Anyone else seen Netflix’s Behind Her Eyes? I’m so surprised I haven’t heard more of this show since it came out. I wanted to talk to someone about it as soon as I finished it! Btw, it has more mature scenes/themes.

    • Rachael says...

      Me!! It was WILD!!

    • Karen says...

      I loved that show!Im obsessed with EveHewson. The ending blew me away.

  27. Sandra says...

    Those Levain cookies!! I have been toying with having some sent here to our home in MI, are they really as good as everyone says? The chocolate/peanut butter ones look incredible!

    • Andrea says...

      They are good, but generally pretty sweet. I always think that they would be better with a finishing salt on top. The sweetness makes all the flavors run together.

      Levain has come out with frozen cookies that you can reheat that are available commercially in stores. We tried the chocolate with peanut butter chips and the chips they use melt into brown puddles. They are OK, but don’t reflect what you get in the store.

    • Em says...

      For me, there are many better cookies. I might be alone here but to me they are overly sweet and under baked.

    • Brittany says...

      I think they really are as good as everyone says. You definitely need milk on hand for the chocolate/peanut butter ones! My favorite is the classic chocolate chip walnut. I also highly recommend cookies from Schmackary’s, another NYC bakery!

    • Tovah says...

      I am definitely a fan! I can’t vouch for how they hold up shipped but in person they are insanely good and the pb/chocolate is my favorite. They have an underbaked, fudgy vibe and it usually takes two sittings to get through one cookie. Ugh now I want one!

    • Helen says...

      I live two doors down from one location and am so happy that I find them to be very mediocre. Otherwise, I’d be there every day! Yes, they’re very large but they’re overly sweet and there’s no nuance to the cookie. It just tastes like one ball of sweetness. I’ve received them as gifts so I’ve given them more than one shot and definitely do not order their blueberry muffins.

      Jacques Torres, on the other hand, has amazing chocolate chip cookies. Sweet but also salty and they have crunchy, buttery edges that I love.

  28. Leigh says...

    I totally agree with Jules that walking the dog in the cold is an exercise in mindfulness! I live in rural Maine and our early morning walks can be so so cold! I love the sense of stillness and the occasional animal sightings, but our walks definitely aren’t quiet! I talk advantage of seeing absolutely no other people to chat to my dog about my worries and concerns (I don’t think he minds) and I imagine that his responses are always “it’s okay mama, I love you and I think you’re doing great.” Sounds silly but it’s a nice way to start our day!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so sweet, Leigh!

    • Amy says...

      How sweet! Just picturing this makes me happy.

    • Denise says...

      I have a good friend with a dog named Baxter. She insists that he calls her Janet, as she is not his mama. I, of course, disagree, as my two call me mama. But there is something just so funny about him calling her Janet lol.

    • Tamara says...

      This exchange made me laugh/cry. Dogs referring to their owners as “mama” vs given name, “Janet”. 😂
      Thank you for tickling my funny bone! For the record, our dog calls me “mom.”

  29. Lindsay says...

    I am interested in that perfume and would like to know how people are smelling it through your coat and their masks! Must be good stuff!

    • Louisa says...

      I teach science, and so I love this question :)

      A typical fragrance molecule is “big molecule” size. (Dozens of atoms, maybe more, in a molecule.) A typical virus is *tens of millions* of molecules. It’s like putting up a screen to keep the flies out – smoke has no trouble getting in. Our masks are good at stopping virus-sized particles but completely useless at blocking molecules. (Which is why you can still smell things with a mask on!)

    • jan l hutchinson says...

      or else they bathed in it. or else it just isnt true. i cant remember ever asking somone on the street what perfume they have on, and i love perfume.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh really? I feel like people ask that question all the time — I asked it to other people, and people ask me. maybe because we are always waiting on lines in NYC:)

    • Lauren says...

      Can confirm that this totally happens in NYC – I’ve even been recognized by my smell at my volunteer bookstore gig (“oh, you’re the one whose perfume I loved the last time I was here!”).

    • Ali says...

      Joanna, how are you so nice all the time? How do you respond so softly to rude comments. Sometimes do you want to say ‘Geez give me a break!” When you read some of the hypercritocal self righteous comments. Because I do. The other day someone left a rude review of my workplace, and instead of the typical ” thank you so much for your feedback, we are always trying to improve customer experience yada yada yada…” I just wrote “ouch. That hurt.” And it felt good.

    • Joanna says...

      Thank you for explaining this, Louisa! I’ve been wondering why I can still smell things with my mask on for months now, and frankly was a little nervous about it. This makes a lot of sense.

    • CS says...

      Oh Louisa thank you! I have wondered about this on a number of occasions lately!

    • Isabelle says...

      Super interesting, Luisa, thanks!

  30. A says...

    The narcissist who bullied me in high school is somewhat of a big shot in our small home town (people love narcissists, who knew?). Reading my hometown newspaper, I crowed with laughter and sheer delight when I saw that he had to close his restaurant permanently due to COVID.

    I feel bad for his staff, but not him. He’s never moved beyond the a**hole he was then,

    • B says...

      It was an interesting read, but I wonder if the author’s argument would have changed had all parties been adults (like workplace bullying) or just generally old enough to know better. And if understanding other people’s stories helped the author to make peace with what she experienced, good for her, but I do think that bullying is inexcusable, certainly in high school and beyond.

    • CS says...

      People love narcissists. Sad but true.

  31. s says...

    Ugh – sorry, but my father DOES have Alzheimer’s, so seeing that you think a movie about that looks “fantastic” is like a kick in my gut. I won’t be watching that one.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Oh I’m so sorry, S. We have dementia and Alzheimer’s in our family, too, and it’s heartbreaking. I meant that the movie looks incredible because it shows the experience from the father’s point of view — what it actually feels like to him — versus to the people around him. I hope that makes sense. I’m so sorry your dad is going through this. Xo

    • Sharon says...

      So sorry about your father. I have seen several fabulous films that deal with parents with Alzheimer’s…the words “fantastic” or “fabulous” describe how the subject is addressed in the films. Those I described as fabulous were very informative and the characters were presented with the utmost respect, as well as showing the difficulties of family members dealing with their ailing relatives.

    • Laura S says...

      So sorry to hear about that S. My husband recently lost his mother to late stage dementia. No words can describe what she went through. I will probably skip this movie too but I’m glad the subject is no longer taboo. Seems like it wasn’t too long ago that dementia wasn’t even mentioned in society so for me that is a step in the right direction. Normalization is always better that marginalization. I pray that someday there will be a cure for this terrible disease.

  32. K says...

    Sometimes I have not had brownies in a while. I can always count on you, Joanna, to remind me it has been TOO LONG. Tonight is the night.

    • K says...

      Update. Instead we are making Toby’s cookies.

  33. Megan says...

    How do you guys try out new perfumes? I always see links to scents I would love to try, but I worry I would end up with a million barely used bottles while searching for something I like. Do you buy samples? Join a perfume-of-the-month club? Shop in stores? I need to know!

    • Nicole says...

      I just ordered a sample! $8- not bad.

    • Louisa says...

      I have bought a bunch of tiny samples during COVID and have fun wearing them around the house. I would never wear to work — and so it’s fun to try them out this year. I’ve gotten great advice from the Strategist! – https://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-perfume-sample-sets.html

    • liz says...

      I buy samples!

    • Bec says...

      I recommend checking out Lucky Scent for some samples. I try out different perfume samples frequently from them. They also have a thing called a Fragrance Fitting where you pay $42 and they send you a bunch of samples based on your preferences and detailed descriptions of what you are looking for, what you like/dislike, etc. I’ve found some really great things that way. They have a very knowledgeable staff who can really introduce you to things you may not have thought to look for!

    • Isabella says...

      Samples are the bomb! Also check out The Perfumed Court and Surrender to Chance — two excellent online shops that sell samples of practically every perfume out there. Ohh, it’s a dangerous hobby…

    • Megan says...

      Nordstrom will give you plenty of samples! I highly recommend Jo Malone. Gorgeous scents that are also fun to layer. I get compliments all the time.

    • Laura S says...

      Thank you for this. I’m so wary of perfumes but I almost tried this. I will skip because of that info.

    • Isabella says...

      Yes, synthetic musks are major environmental pollutants, in addition to their highly suspect role in endocrine disruption. Unfortunately, they’re also very trendy right now! I wear both natural and synthetic perfumes, but two all-natural fragrance houses that do beautiful, high-quality work are Aftelier and Hiram Green.

    • jane says...

      After combing through their product ingredients it looks like the 11:11 perfume OIL does not use galaxolide – it is only in the perfume FRAGRANCE. But that is confusing and something to be aware of. I’d love to try it but not if I will be responsible for aquatic die-off and potential cancer. I would love to try the oil and might still but in general hate to support a business that would use it at all.

    • Ellen says...

      Greenwashing in fragrance is so common these days.
      Like Isabella mentioned, Aftelier and Hiram Green are great brands of natural perfumes. Some other brands making real natural perfume are Mizu, Heretic, Gather Perfumes, Strange Invisible Perfumes, Smoke Perfume, Ayala Moriel, Curioso Perfumes, and Sigil Scents.

  34. Kat v says...

    I’m sure the perfume is absolutely delightful, but the description is so pompous it made me think of an SNL skit:
    11 11 is a simple yet bold unisex blend inspired by the teachings of Kundalini yoga and the color white. It is a sheer, clean and uplifting fragrance with an ethereal vibe. The scent captures the feel of skin after emerging from the ocean, mixed with a crisp texture and transparency.
    I truly giggled reading that.

    • Julia says...

      Oh I’m so relieved you said that! Me too!

    • Sarah says...

      Same! I screenshotted and sent it to a bunch of friends. Hilarious.

  35. Becky says...

    The bullying article is very moving. I had a few issues of being bullied that I feel fortunate that I moved past. A boy in high school would sexually harass me and I reported him but his female friends would try to stare me down in class. It wore off. I had a really good group of girlfriends, one of whom I am still close to 20 years later. I think everyone one of them had self esteem issues.
    My brother though was terribly harassed because of his neurological condition. Alot he didn’t mention until years after highschool. We only overlapped by one year so I didn’t see it. It would make me very angry that he experienced that and I couldn’t help him . One time he came home from school and told me about an adult who taunted him while taking an exam. I was in college, working and living at home. I drove straight to the school and told him off, f bombs and all. I reported him and never saw him again. To this day the story is known as You’ll never Forget My F***** Face because those were my first words to him when I confronted him. 😂

    • Jeanne says...

      That is an amazing story!! What a wonderful sibling you are. I’m never going to “Forget your F******* Story” either!! :D

  36. maywyn says...

    Craving lasagne for months.
    The exterior or this home…It is gorgeous.
    I could look at home before and after all day!