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What are you up to this weekend? We are actually flying to San Francisco to reunite with my sister! I’m pinching myself and cannot wait to get her in my clutches. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

Have you seen the funny show Girls5Eva?

These comfy sandals look cute with everything.

The world’s happiest people eat this for lunch, day in and day out.

An easy way to brighten your skin.

The most effective ways to thank your significant other. “An expression of gratitude that highlights how much you gained from a loved one’s action is also more effective than one that highlights what it cost them… So rather than focusing on how much of a hassle it must have been for your husband to scrub that pile of dinner dishes, try emphasizing the way it allowed you to meet a work deadline or catch up with an old friend.”

How I saved enough to buy a house with my parents’ money,” hahaha.

Married couples who live separately.

100 visions of fatherhood.

Is this the most delicious pasta of all time?

Stargazing.

Plus, three reader comments:

Says Natalie on are you religious: “My favorite ritual in my Jewish observance is to say the ‘shehecheyanu’ blessing when you do something for the first time in a long time — the first time you put on your winter coat that year, the first time you hang your clothes out on the line in spring, the first time you eat a strawberry that season, the first time you see a friend after a long time apart. It makes you stop and appreciate the little things that might otherwise pass us by in our busy lives.”

Says Elise on the perks of living alone: “I divorced after 10 years of marriage, and one of my initial fears was that I may be alone indefinitely. Not just that I wouldn’t find love again, but that I may never have someone to come home to, to share the details of my day with, maybe forever. Nearly five years later, I’ve grown to love my solitary lifestyle. Living alone has helped me get to know myself more intimately and become more sure of myself. I’ve found immense happiness in this little haven I’ve created, where I can eat a baguette and soft cheese for dinner, watch an episode of a 90s sitcom before getting ready for work in the morning, or take a hot bath at one a.m. without bothering anyone else. And while I’m open to sharing a space with someone again, I’m in no rush.”

Says Tara on unexpected relationships during the pandemic: “My elderly poetry class has kept me afloat during the pandemic. An accidental sign up for an over-70 poetry class has brought me SO much joy. We started in person in January 2020 and then everyone went to Zoom. The poems about the survival of wars and their parents during WWI put it all in perspective as I had my Indian food delivered. I live alone and they have truly loved me in a way that only older folks can. Marilyn tried to set me up with her son but it was very awkward and we all just pretended it didn’t happen. I learned to love my parents more, and they encouraged me and my poems. Art and his wife called in from assisted living, and they email me when I miss a class, ‘TARA ARE YOU OK?’ Isn’t that all that we want? 5 STARS for over 70 poetry class during a pandemic.”

(Photo by Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco.)

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