Monday BARB UP October 23, 2017

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The changing colors of the leaves are a thing. For New Yorkers who live in the concrete jungle, leaving the isle to look at tree leaves that are red yellow orange and variations there of. I went with Josh—one of my best friends—to his house in Prattsville. The house that his parents have built and nurtured over the last four decades. There is a lot of history in this house. Children born and brought to it. Added portions to the house—a sunroom, a deck. And the land itself—pear trees, a pond, hammocks. An invitation to spend the weekend is always welcome, and when it came my way, I grabbed at it. The foliage aside. Being in this home is sanctuary for me. And so I unplugged for the most part, my brain. No Wifi. Although Josh has unlimited data on his phone so I watched Mindhunter on Netflix. I read Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie (if you are a woman of the 90’s with children now, this book is tailor-made for you) and Patty Schemel’s Hit So Hard (if you are a woman of the 90’s with a journey that includes addiction, this book is transcendent). If you feel trapped, stressed, in need of physical respite, and someone invites you to spend the weekend at their home in the woods or the beach or anywhere that is not your home, take it. Leave the spouse and the kids and the worries behind you. It will do you wonders, the break from the world you know day-to-day. And oh, the leaves, they are lovely to behold. Have a happy Monday, y’all.


Kate Hudson: ” At this point, it’s not necessarily about what it means as much as it is just something we know now. The dialogue is out there, the veil has been lifted.”

Katie Couric: “After I left the Today show, it took me about two days to get back on a normal sleep schedule. But I used to be a championship sleeper, and now I don’t sleep as well as I used to.”

A book on Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party.

Outlander Sex, as viewed by Roxane Gay. “Claire you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.”

Ack, I hate these people in denial.

And now have a laugh with Judy Gold.




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