Yesterday was National Dog Day and friends all over Facebook were posting photos of themselves smitten with their hounds. I understand why. There’s hardly a stronger bond than the one with our pets. But I have other ardor to spread around, too. There’s new and old friends, ballet class, Claudia Rankine (don’t miss her profile on Serena Williams), summer tomatoes, going to the movies by myself on a Sunday morning, the artwork of Geoff McFetridge, bolognese sauce, orchids and Stephen Colbert. And of course, there’s you. What makes your top 10 list?
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This bomber jacket is part of The Greatness Collection designed by Serena Williams, which will include her message, “you are strong, powerful and beautiful” on the lining.
Please watch this to the end. And tell us what advice you’d give to your younger self.
(My advice: Don’t lie at the beach without sunscreen.)
In Los Angeles, there is an online interface for residents to request city services, like bulky item pickups, graffiti removal and pot hole repairs. There’s even a phone app. In April, I reported a ficus hedge down the block that an owner had allowed to get so overgrown, it engulfed the sidewalk, forcing pedestrians onto a dirt parkway. It took 4 months and 12 follow-up phone calls, but it finally got trimmed today. Civic engagement takes patience, but it works.
Illustration by Lee Crutchley
My parents had a fancy built-in bar in their basement, but it was mostly for show. They hardly drank and there were decades-old liquor bottles ensconced on the shelves crusted over from lack of use. I learned the pleasure of cocktails from my foodie friends in San Francisco. And I’m grateful to them. Many regular readers know of my fondness for (super dry) vodka martinis. But I’m always on the hunt for good spirits. What’s your favorite?
Illustration by Rachel Levit Ruiz