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Summer Weather

May 21, 2019

It’s been a grayish, chilly day in L.A., and I’m huddled in a hoodie with Uggs. But I hear elsewhere, the weather is brilliant. What’s it like where you live?

Summer Hours by Malika Favre


May 20, 2019

End of Week Zen

May 17, 2019

Illustration (reimagined) from This Isn’t Happiness

Weathering a Storm of No’s

May 16, 2019

Recently, I experienced a series of work-related setbacks and I took it hard. But then I got my revenge, by writing an article about the experience that got published today in Forbes!! PLEASE check it out and let me know what you think.

Illustration by Grace Miceli

Favorite Food Groups

May 15, 2019

My life is better because of avocados.

Painting by Erika Lee Seers

State of The Nation

May 14, 2019

The New Yorker cartoon by Joe Dator

Doris Day, RIP

May 13, 2019

It took a 21st century vantage point for me to appreciate the talent of Doris Day. I became a huge fan. Her sunny on-screen persona belied a stormy personal life. After 4 failed marriages, she turned to animals, which became her lifelong calling. “I have never found in a human being loyalty comparable to that of any pet.”

Getty photo via the New York Times


Cleaning Supplies

May 10, 2019

First thing tomorrow morning, I’m heading to Costco for my quarterly outing. I’ll be loading up the cart with jumbo-sized containers of laundry detergent, toilet paper, Parmigiano Reggiano and dog biscuits. There’s nothing like a well-stocked home.

Clay sculpture by Suzanne Husky

Gray May

May 9, 2019

The last two weeks have been gloomy here in Los Angeles, and it’s starting to impact my mood. I’m ready for summer. How’s the weather where you are?

Painting by Jean Jullien


Cooking for One Kitchen Essential

May 8, 2019

I can’t imagine a cooking life without my trusty storage containers. Through the years, I’ve amassed a formidable collection. As FPS readers know, I frequently make big batches of stews, chilis, stocks, baked goods – then divvy them up, mark the date (very important!) and stow them in the freezer. Let the eating begin.

Illustration by Alessandra Olanow