What I Love This Week

cows at mollybrook farm

On Thursday I drove up to Vermont to go on a Stonyfield farm tour with a group of fellow food bloggers. The last time I was in Vermont was SEVENTEEN years ago, when I was considering going to UVM. Time flies. On this visit, I stayed at the super charming Green Mountain Inn in Stowe, spent time with the families who own and run nearby organic dairy farms, ate delicious farm-to-table meals at Edson Hill, Woodbelly Pizza, and Michael’s on the Hill, and got the chance to connect with old and new friends (who sort of feel like my online coworkers). I’ll share more of the experience soon :)

While I was away, Daniel held down the fort back home. He even ordered a few hundred balls on Amazon to make James a ball pit, effectively securing #DadoftheYear.

READ

Surviving the Death of My Son After the Death of My Faith
Heart-wrenching and so beautifully written. I could cry just thinking of this piece.

“I suspect that these people rushed to save me because, deep down, somewhere unacknowledged, they too knew the truth. We all know that there is something desperately sad that we have to protect one another from. Our stomachs know it, our spines know it. Our humanity doesn’t want to let us believe that this is all there is, that a child can just disappear. And that is why these strangers cared so much about a stranger like me.

What I had not anticipated about the cost of losing my faith was that it would no longer be possible to deceive myself. I could no longer make a pact with any higher being. No hours of service could convince a God that I deserved to have this child again. Whatever I had done to deserve him once, I was not worthy of him twice.”

The Many (Surprising) Health Benefits of…Meth
Yes, I’m just as shocked as you are. Worth a read.

LISTEN

The Shrink Next Door
I had about 8 hours of driving to do over the past few days so you can imagine how many podcasts I plowed through…including this one: The Shrink Next Door.

From Wondery, the company behind Dirty John and Dr. Death, and Bloomberg, “The Shrink Next Door” is a story about power, control and turning to the wrong person for help for three decades. Journalist Joe Nocera’s neighbor in the Hamptons was a therapist named Ike, who counted celebrities and Manhattan elites as his patients. He’d host star-studded parties at his eccentric vacation house. But one summer, Joe discovered that Ike was gone and everything he’d thought he’d known about his neighbor — and the house next door — was wrong.

WATCH

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Kanye West
Kanye West is a strange mystery to me, and his behavior over the past few years has left pretty much all of us wondering about his mental health. This interview is uncharacteristically candid for him. He opens up about his family, bipolar disorder, and the backlash he’s faced over supporting Trump.

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