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July 31, 2014

The Lost Voice of Sam Cooke's Brother


You may find the voice familiar. As smooth as honey, with just the right bit of grit. Here and there, you might think it sounds like Sam Cooke. And you wouldn’t be wrong. It’s his younger brother, L.C., whose first studio album was delayed fifty years. Today, Cooke, at 81, is finally releasing his debut The Complete SAR Records Recordings, done in 1964. 

Amazing! Click through to listen to “Put Me Down Easy” with what certainly sounds like both Cooke brothers. 

I wish I was a Cooke brother.

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July 31, 2014

I am not one of those people who wants to put bows on bald baby heads. I mean, in terms of my enthusiasm for gender-neutral dressing, I’m not as extreme as my dad, who likes to harass parents who dress their babies in head-to-toe pink by sweetly asking, “Aww! How old is he?”, but I draw the line at things you need to paste on.

However.

When we found out it’s a girl, Jane told she has ‘a vision’ of my baby in Rosie the Riveter-style knotted headbands.

And then I found this "Ivy Collection" and oh gosh, who am I to argue? Jane’s visions always come true.

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July 31, 2014

humansofnewyork:

"What’s been your greatest accomplishment?""Keeping in touch with distant friends and relatives.""Why is that important?""It’s important to always have people who remember you at various stages of your life. It’s especially important as you get older, because there are less of those people around. And they remind you who you are."

I’m home in St. Paul for the week, and I just spent four days in Kansas City with Liz, my very first friend at Tulane, her husband Bill, and their sweet 3-week-old baby Nell (as Gena said, “that baby is actually cute, like not just cute ‘cause she’s a baby”).
My dad asked me the other day, “So what is going to happen to you?” Meaning, all of us girls, as long-distance-friends-who-now-have-babies.
My answer was rambling (they always are) but it got down to this: those babies are my baby’s cousins. In a time when families are small and many of us live far from where we grew up, we are family, and we’ll make sure to foster the sort of cross-country (and sometimes just cross-city) relationships I enjoyed with my cousins growing up.
We’ll take trips together — sometimes without the kids/husbands for sure — and we’ll make time for each other — we’ll put in the work — and without even realizing she’s doing so, my baby will look at her “fuzzins” (what my family calls “faux cousins”) and her aunties and uncles and feel secure that the world is huge and unpredictable but it’s full of pockets of love.

humansofnewyork:

"What’s been your greatest accomplishment?"
"Keeping in touch with distant friends and relatives."
"Why is that important?"
"It’s important to always have people who remember you at various stages of your life. It’s especially important as you get older, because there are less of those people around. And they remind you who you are."

I’m home in St. Paul for the week, and I just spent four days in Kansas City with Liz, my very first friend at Tulane, her husband Bill, and their sweet 3-week-old baby Nell (as Gena said, “that baby is actually cute, like not just cute ‘cause she’s a baby”).

My dad asked me the other day, “So what is going to happen to you?” Meaning, all of us girls, as long-distance-friends-who-now-have-babies.

My answer was rambling (they always are) but it got down to this: those babies are my baby’s cousins. In a time when families are small and many of us live far from where we grew up, we are family, and we’ll make sure to foster the sort of cross-country (and sometimes just cross-city) relationships I enjoyed with my cousins growing up.

We’ll take trips together — sometimes without the kids/husbands for sure — and we’ll make time for each other — we’ll put in the work — and without even realizing she’s doing so, my baby will look at her “fuzzins” (what my family calls “faux cousins”) and her aunties and uncles and feel secure that the world is huge and unpredictable but it’s full of pockets of love.

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July 25, 2014

Happy 64th Birthday to my dear dear DAD!

Let’s see….

You started losing your hair many years ago.

And it’s been ages since you’ve been out ‘til quarter to three.

But, yes we still need you! 

Yes, we’ll still feed you!

Now you’re 64.

And gosh, in just a few short months what’ll you get? 

A grandchild on your knee!*

(But Vera, Chuck and Dave…? Erm, not quite.)

So consider this your postcard, I’m dropping a line:

Can’t wait to celebrate with you next week…

Now you’re 64!

Sorry it’s not a cottage on the Isle of Wight. Turns out it IS too dear.

(Source: quevivaelrocanrol)

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July 24, 2014

peterwknox:

20 Twenties Tweaks: #17 - Shall We Wed? How to Propose Marriage to Your Partner

Peter gives you one way of doing it.
Or, you know, sign a contract on a wedding venue, get her pregnant, watch in horror as your mom hands her the ring with a handful of other jewelry, nervously plot with her sister and friends to get it back, and finally, propose.
That works too.

peterwknox:

20 Twenties Tweaks: #17 - Shall We Wed? How to Propose Marriage to Your Partner

Peter gives you one way of doing it.

Or, you know, sign a contract on a wedding venue, get her pregnant, watch in horror as your mom hands her the ring with a handful of other jewelry, nervously plot with her sister and friends to get it back, and finally, propose.

That works too.

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July 24, 2014

Anonymous said: hi nora, read your post on drinking during pregnancy & different country's advisement regarding this issue. as I as watched a French film this weekend: Making Plans for Lena, I was amazed how even TODAY French women still smoke during pregnancy, & blatantly! I have seen preg. French women smoking in films previously and realize their culture seems to think it is alright, or rather OK with the facts that it may cause low birth weight, but def. a different view in our cultures. Interesting.

Sooo interesting, isn’t it? I always think of the hugely pregnant working class Irish girls smoking fags outside the pregnancy center I lived near on the north side of Dublin. “Keeps the birth weight down!” they’d joke. Or, not joke.

I gave up smoking nearly 7 years ago but continued socially smoking ‘til just before I got pregnant. The smell of smoke totally grosses me out right now — I hold my breath and cover my nose whenever I see a lit cigarette — which I take as my body saying, Steer clear! Bad for baby!

But there are other French/international things I am doing in spades. Like eating certain cheeses. I just can’t get myself worked up about raw or fresh cheeses, or small amounts of (really high quality) raw fish. I ate a raw oyster or two when pregnant until my pregnant food writer friend explained that while she’s taking a similarly liberal approach to eating, oysters have a naturally occurring bacteria than can cause (very rarely) miscarriage, but is harmless when you’re not pregnant. So, oysters are out.

Not to be blase about it but healthy babies get born in the millions. My thought process is usually, if I lost the baby, what would I regret having done? And then avoiding that.

But these are deeply personal decisions, I’m not a doctor, I’ve had a very easy and healthy pregnancy, yadda yadda yadda. If you’re the kind of person who celebrates the news that she’s having a girl with a really nice glass of sparkling rose, awesome (we’d probably be friends). If you’re not, that’s great too. American moms get shit support from the government — we’ve gotta support each other.

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July 24, 2014

Anonymous said: Have you had any alcohol during your pregnancy? I'm not asking to wag my finger, just that you obviously have a modern take on life and everything, so I was curious. I just found out I'm pregnant and haven't told anyone yet, and I don't think a glass of wine here or there would cause any harm, and my doctor agrees, but obviously people are judgy. Just wondering about your experiences in terms of food restrictions, etc.

Congratulations! And great question. This is something near and dear to my heart (because alcohol is near and dear to my heart).

Short answer: yes, I am drinking, but I had very little in the first trimester (like: 3 oz beer and maybe 8 oz wine, total). I was nervous about miscarriage, as everyone is. 

These days I am going by both my doctor’s and the UK National Health Service's alcohol recommendations for pregnant women — 1-3 glasses of wine a week is not a problem (and may actually be beneficial in that a relaxed mommy is a healthy mommy). The US Surgeon General still says no alcohol and I'm sure will continue to do so for some time — despite something like 60% of American doctors now saying small amounts of alcohol in pregnancy is fine — because we're a pretty conservative country, and it's ethically challenging to conduct controlled clinical trials of limited alcohol consumption. (Even my cardiologist says 3 glasses of wine a week is fine, and I am potentially at a very small risk for heart complications in pregnancy, because that’s what my birth-mom died of.)

I’m staying away from hard alcohol because just the smell of it turns my stomach — and wine is the best. (But not gonna lie, one glass of rose DOES NOT CUT IT and ugh I cannot wait for that two-glass buzz again!)

As for judgy people, I’ve experienced a little bit of it, always from older people whose own mothers, ironically enough, probably drank without guilt when they were in the womb. The American medical establishment came down really hard on alcohol and caffeine in pregnancy in the last generation (when we were born), so I find myself constantly educating Baby Boomers and up on what we’re allowed to do now. (Which includes 8-10 oz of coffee a day, god bless.)

Whenever I feel a teensy bit guilty I remember the words of a friend of mine, who gave birth to a very healthy and very big baby girl one year ago — “My only regret with my pregnancy is not drinking more.” Meaning, don’t feel guilty about your glass. Enjoy your pregnancy!

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July 24, 2014

Just ordered this for our daughter because I have a beating heart in my chest.

(And also it’s on major clearance; take an extra 40% off.)

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July 23, 2014

georgiaisyourfriend:

My fascination and irritation with #mymancancook posts has taken a turn and is now a full-blow obsession.
Follow my new Tumblr, Your Man Can’t Cook, for breakdowns of my favorite “my man can cook” posts. 

M. and I just spent 10 minutes on this blog (which kills me). He wanted to cut the men (and women) involved some slack; at least they tried blah blah blah. I wouldn’t hear of it. The food is gross; the sexist sentiment behind it even grosser (right up there with ‘aww my husband watched the kids today isn’t he the greatest?’).
"But what do you say about my cooking?" he asked.
"Darling, if you have to say your man can cook, he can’t cook."
Besides, his food speaks for itself.
PS: And oh god that stir-fried rat? Cannot be unseen. A+ work, Georgia.

georgiaisyourfriend:

My fascination and irritation with #mymancancook posts has taken a turn and is now a full-blow obsession.

Follow my new Tumblr, Your Man Can’t Cook, for breakdowns of my favorite “my man can cook” posts. 

M. and I just spent 10 minutes on this blog (which kills me). He wanted to cut the men (and women) involved some slack; at least they tried blah blah blah. I wouldn’t hear of it. The food is gross; the sexist sentiment behind it even grosser (right up there with ‘aww my husband watched the kids today isn’t he the greatest?’).

"But what do you say about my cooking?" he asked.

"Darling, if you have to say your man can cook, he can’t cook."

Besides, his food speaks for itself.

PS: And oh god that stir-fried rat? Cannot be unseen. A+ work, Georgia.

(via alieandgeorgia)

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July 23, 2014

Heh. Been there.
(Feeling much more like this these days.)

Heh. Been there.

(Feeling much more like this these days.)

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