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End of Week Zen

February 24, 2017

1977 New Yorker cartoon by James Stevenson, who died today at 87. Read a sweet tribute here.

The Perfect Snack

February 23, 2017

I didn’t grow up in a family of snackers, so I never got into the habit. What I did inherit (culinarily speaking) from my Dad was the ability to make a meal out of rye bread and chocolate layer cake. When I’m in the mood for something in between meals, I reach for nuts, in particular cashews or pistachios. What’s your idea of a perfect snack?

Photo by Emily Blincoe

Knowing When to Walk Away

February 22, 2017

Super Antics by Kerry Callen

What’s Your Favorite Superpower?

February 21, 2017

George Saunders, one of our great writers, has been making the rounds on a book tour for his new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. I’m a huge Saunders fan, not just because his writing is so special. I’m also moved by his generous heart. In a recent interview, he talked about radical tenderness and empathy as a super power. I really love the idea. I need to work on that.

Socks by Marc Johns

Founder’s Wisdom

February 20, 2017

“It is better to be alone than in bad company.” — George Washington

Happy Presidents Day!

Power Outage

February 18, 2017

With the massive rains in L.A., our building lost power (and hot water) for 20 hours. The electricity just went back on. I moaned and groaned about the inconvenience, imagining all the home-cooked containers of food going bad in my freezer. Trying to keep my cell phone charged was a real chore. But at the same time, it made me realize how much we take electricity and hot water for granted. Tonight, they will be part of my gratitude list.

Illustration by Ben Wiseman

Old School Habits

February 16, 2017

Sending birthday cards through the U.S. mail, reading the print version of the NY Times, going to see movies at the movie theater. And you?

33 mph by Michael Dimontier and Neil Farber

What Are You Happy Not to Want?

February 15, 2017

Dare I say this. I never had a burning desire to be a mom.

Royal Wedding Poem by Robert Montgomery

Here’s to You!

February 14, 2017

We survived. Happy V-Day!

Who Do You Love?

February 13, 2017

Regular FPS readers know that every evening before dinner, I take a couple of minutes for gratitude. I survey my day, and think about the folks who made it brighter. My brother, my dog, and you dear readers always make the cut. 

Tesla Love by Daniel Shaffer