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What are you up to this weekend? I’m making preparations for a family birthday celebration, and hopefully finishing my book in progress! It’s going to be hot, but I’m hoping to get in some porch reading in the cooler morning hours.

I hope you have something great to look forward to this weekend, and that this collection of interesting reads and favorite things helps ease you into that weekend state of mind.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • Love Song to Costco. “Over the years and our continuous fights about my increasing Americanness, food has become the only safe subject between my parents and me. It is also the only language through which they can tell me that they love me.”
  • Here in Louisville it’s been too stinking hot for anything other than tank tops, breezy dresses, and anything linen. I’ve been living in this dress from American Giant and their easy linen pant. (They sponsor What Should I Read Next and gave me a code for you all to use: take 20% off your first order with the code DARCY. If you want to try my favorite tees while you’re at it, the premium slub v-neck tee in bone is what you’re looking for.)

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  1. Brittany says:

    I’m working on finishing up some writing, as well. Living in Florida and being pregnant right now, I am all about the tank tops and the ice cream!

    Thanks for sharing the cookbook memoir post. I am a huge fan of those, too. My favorite so far has been Shauna Niequist’s book Bread and Wine.

    Have a good weekend!

  2. Carol says:

    Always enjoy these post and sometimes I even learn a thing or two. But the article on “How to rescue the world’s biggest cargo ships” I went down the rabbit hole with that one. It was interesting to learn how dangerous shipping can be and how they rescue such a large ship holding tons of cargo. Thank you!

    • Anne Bogel says:

      Carol, this is so funny: Will and I were just talking about shipping, and how Leo in The Glass Hotel makes it sound completely fascinating and beautiful. Although I don’t recall any of his ships needing rescuing in that book …

  3. Susan says:

    Not negating the suffering folks are doing with the heat.

    On Cape Cod (in MA), we;ve had the coldest spring in a long time. I’m in a t with a v-neck sweater today. 68 degrees and heading up to…..70. yes. we’re chilly. Hoping we get a beach day soon. We suffer throught the cold and grey winter dreams of warm beach days. 🙂

    • Patricia says:

      Susan, we’ve been sharing your weather but finally got our sunshine! We’ll hit 75 degrees today! And sunshine for the foreseeable future. Breaking out the short sleeves.

  4. Kathy says:

    It’s so much fun to read whatever you write and post-thank you! I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who feels nostalgic about card catalogs. And I’m in no way a cook but I enjoy food memoirs. Finally, I quickly requested Also A Poet from my library-it sounds great!

  5. Soleil says:

    Thank you for the article on card catalogs. I love my card catalog. A library was getting rid of them and I bought one about 25 years ago. It’s one of my favorite things. I use it to store wine.

  6. Catherine says:

    I will be getting on a plane for some much delayed travel! As an anxious flyer—who is determined to not let it stop me—I would love phrases to repeat to myself for moments of stress! MMD readers, any recommendations?
    (I already have noise canceling headphones, soothing music, and a crossword puzzle to keep my hands occupied.)

  7. Ginger Horton says:

    I have a life-changing way I’ve upgraded my salads: a salad chopper. https://amzn.to/3nfQmdD

    I’m usually staunchly anti one-use kitchen products, but this little baby makes me eat sooo many more greens so it earns its place in my tiny kitchen. I love a good chopped salad at a restaurant and this lets me recreate the fancy pile of veggies with that right dressing to bite ratio beautifully.

  8. Beverly J Wrigglesworth says:

    Regarding the card catalog article, the author confused some things at the beginning of the article:
    “Depending on your age, you might remember the tiny envelope with the stamp card in the back of your library book. That, friends, is a remnant of the Dewey Decimal System, a relic of the card catalog used in libraries for 200 years.”
    The date due card in the book has nothing to do with the Dewey Decimal System, and so is not a “remnant” of it. The Dewey Decimal System has nothing to do with card catalogs, and so is not a “relic” of it.
    The Dewey Decimal System, devised by Melville Dewey, was a method to sort books by topic. Dewey assigned numbers to topics, and books had a Dewey number engaved or printed or labeled on its spine. The broad Dewey numbers are 000 for generalities; 100 for philosophy and psychology; 200 for religion; 300 for social sciences; 400 for languages; 500 for natural sciences; 600 for technology; 700 for the arts; 800 for literature; and 900 for history and travel. The books are then organized in libraries according to the Dewey number on the spine of the book. So a library user can find all of the cookbooks together, all of the Spanish language instruction books together; all of the ancient Egypt books together, etc. etc.
    The date card in the book was for the convenience of the person checking out the book. It told them when to bring the book back to the library. It may have had the author, title, and Dewey number typed or printed on it.
    The card catalog was an inventory of the books in the library and where they were located. The catalog card described the book, and included the author, title, and Dewey number, plus other information. So the user could look in the catalog, find the book they wanted, and write down the Dewey number so they could find the book on the relevant shelf.

  9. Beverly J Wrigglesworth says:

    Incidentally, I forgot to add, that although most public libraries (at least the larger ones) no longer use date cards in the books, and rely on a computer catalog rather than a card catalog; most (although not all) still use the Dewey Decimal System to organize their non-fiction collection of books.

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