of the week

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When I was a child I preferred to stand on the edges of things always. Whether it was the edge of a subway platform or the ticker tape of frothy waves that divided the ocean and the shoreline, I needed to feel the rush of the divide. To regard all that had come before and stare out at all that will come. For the most part this is a solitary act. One can never stand on the edge alongside someone else because one needs to feel the intensity of the betweens in order to move forward. So while we collaborate and debate and decide by jury, our final decisions are made alone. While we are part of this wonderful collective of beloveds, we are at the core individuals, and when I spied this illustration from 53 (at right), it put my heart on pause. This year feels very much like Odysseus finding his way home, and while I can’t share all the specifics just yet (I know! I know!), know that the road ahead will odd, frightening, auspicious and unbelievably beautiful — everything this illustration depicts.

And part of that journey celebrates my growing passion for France and all things French. My boss pointed me to this quirky tutorial series, French in Action. While you may wince at the fact that this is unabashedly 80s, you will learn French pretty quickly. I’ve also downloaded RFI and France Culture so I can hear people speaking {even if I’ve no idea what they’re saying} during my morning commute. And if I want to get real about moving to France, Pret-A-Voyager’s post is the most pragmatic how-to I’ve read in quite a while.

While I often complain that the online space has devolved into a hoard of shill-maniacs hocking their latest paid promotions (INSERT THIS VERY PERSONAL MOMENT BROUGHT TO YOU BY VASELINE!), there are still magical people in the space who consistently inspire, delight and ignite. I can’t believe it took me this long to discover the lovely ladies of 3191 and their quarterly. Tapas na Lingua’s words, photographs and recipes make my heart flutter, and Tiger in Jar’s infectious videos are a must-watch.

Simple is the word this week, so I’m craving this Orange Cardamom Yogurt Cake, this Sweet Potato Ravioli + Kale Pesto, this Creamy Avocado Linguine with Meyer Lemon and Arugula and this Coconut-Buttermilk Pound Cake. But in the event that I feel industrious, I want, want, want this Pistachio Baklava Cake paired with these Macadamia, Apricot, Apple and Sage Sausage Rolls.

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