snowy Brooklyn photo by Griffin Ungar

What are you up to this weekend? Omg the comments on this post were AMAZING, I could read them all day, every day, forever. Thank you so much. This weekend, we are having some long-time friends sleep over on Saturday; they’re like an aunt and uncle to Toby and Anton. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

LOVING the new HBO show about a 40-something woman returning to her Kansas hometown.

You’re invited to the wedding I planned in middle school,” haha. (New Yorker)

I’ll be soaking my hair in this all winter.

A mother’s beautiful letter on the death of her young daughter.

For Jewish communities, going to synagogue services is an act of courage. (New York Times) Thinking of our Jewish friends, writers and readers. A larger post is coming up this week, as well.

7 things I stopped doing for dinner parties. “Make the same thing for every party. I’m serious. The mental energy you’ll conserve not doing a complete menu overhaul will be tremendous… Our go-to menu includes Greek chicken (which can stay in the oven until you’re ready to serve), Greek salad, Mediterranean quinoa salad, roasted potatoes, and crusty bread.”

How pretty are the paint colors in this London house?

I’m tired of explaining why I don’t drink.” (New York Magazine)

Why Amanda Gorman almost didn’t read her poem at the presidential inauguration.

Apple cheddar quesadillas.

Always into New York Magazine’s Lookbook, especially the current one about dock workers.

Plus, 9 readers’ genius life advice:

“The lowest note in ‘Happy Birthday’ is the very first one. Start low! Keep it together, people!” — Abbey

“Also, Happy Birthday needs to be sung at a speedy clip, especially in a group. Too many people start it out slowly, and it sounds morose. Should take only five seconds to get through.” — S.B.

“Wordlessly put a plate of veggies and ranch dressing in your kids’ eye-line an hour before dinner. Do not look at or speak of it, lest you spook the children. Studies on this phenomenon have yet to be peer-reviewed, but in 97% of cases, all veggies will be eaten by the time you’ve scooped whatever carb and cheese concoction you’ve heated up onto their plates.” — Megan

“If you go to an event or conference where you don’t know anyone, find the longest line you can and stand in it. Doesn’t matter if it’s for the bathroom, bar or buffet – it will give you a reason to stand near people without looking awkward and a few minutes to get your bearings, and it’s much easier to start a conversation when you have something in common (wow, this bathroom line is slow; or wow, those shrimp puffs look good).” — Meg

“I just learned this but it holds true: If you think everyone hates you, you should sleep; if you hate everyone, you should eat!” — Jill

“If you’re out with kids and you think, ‘This is fun but it looks like the kids are nearly done. We have about 20 minutes left before we need to go,’ you actually have ZERO minutes left. You need to pack up and head out! Every time I have failed to heed this, I curse myself as I deal with meltdowns, FEELINGS, hunger, etc. moments later.” — Lora

“Don’t try to impress people. I’m deep in the world of online dating, and it’s not fun to act like you have good music taste and then have to talk about the newest indie band when you couldn’t care less. (Ask me how I know.) My dating profile now says that I have terrible taste in music, which starts many more conversations than ‘enjoys live music.’ Be honest about your quirks!” — Emily

“My pro tip, courtesy of my dad: When someone you love is grieving, just sit next to them. Don’t look at your phone or try to talk, just sit quietly. I’ve followed this advice many times for dear friends who have lost parents, children, pets – and let me tell you, it is the hardest thing to understand that you can’t fix their problem. So, I sit calmly next to them after memorials and funerals after everyone has left; and no matter what meals or tasks I’ve helped them with, my presence is what they later tell me that they appreciated the most.” — Mikayla

“If you accidentally get too high, snuggle with your dog.” — RME

(Photo by Griffin Ungar.)

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