Weekend Reads #225

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I know I said in the Wardrobe Oxygen Community on Facebook that I wouldn't do a Weekend Reads this Saturday but I changed my mind. This has been an intense week thus far just with the news let alone any intensity you have felt with the holidays. I know I could use a quiet moment with a beverage where I can do something other than frantically shop and strategize. Here are some links I found this week when procrastinating…

Weekend Reads

The Puerto Rican turkey recipe that connects me to my roots. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

The 600-square-foot 3D bio-based house was designed using entirely recyclable materials with the goal of combating the lack of low-income housing in Maine. (News Center Maine – thank you Janet for sharing first!)

Ask Girl Scouts to conserve 633 acres of mature forest by selling to parks not developers. (Sierra Club)

6 socially conscious musicians on the women who inspire them. (NPR)

Inside the rarely-told story of the gruesome attack that solidified Erno Laszlo's status as a dermatologist to the stars. (Allure)

Instagram makes parents feel more clueless than we really are. (Catapult)

How I got smart, by Amy Schneider of Jeopardy! fame. (Defector)

Home is where your best friend is. (Bazaar)

When my husband died, it felt like my life ended. Here's how I fell in love with life again. (HuffPost)

Former anti-abortion leader alleges another Supreme Court breach. (New York Times – gift article)

Do you really want a new kitchen counter? (The Atlantic)

Twitter king @Dril on Musk's chaotic reign. (Washington Post – gift article)

And suddenly “It” makes sense… my journey receiving an ADHD diagnosis. (Honestly Relatable)

I should add this to my gift guide of presents for men that don't suck – my husband has one of these lights that clips to the brim of a baseball cap and he loves it so much. Throw it in a glove compartment or with the camping equipment, it's great for grilling and having to retrieve something from the toolshed late at night. This four-pack makes for four gifts, four stocking stuffers, or have backups at the ready.

Expensive hair treatments didn’t fix my hair loss because it was PTSD. (Refinery29)

Raf Simons to close namesake label after nearly 3 decades. (Retail Dive)

The unbearable lightness of BuzzFeed. (The Verge)

Why do straight men have no friends? (Dazed)

A swim cap made for Black hair gets approval after initial Olympic ban. (Essence)

If you're looking for something else to read, check out NPR's Books We Love for 2022. (NPR)

And local yokels, if you're looking for a fun activity, consider seeing Beauty and the Beast at Olney Theatre. This cast went viral (click here to read an article about them at People.com) and they're back through January 1st and receiving rave reviews!

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. I love what used to be called the NPR Book Concierge, now called Books We Love. In 2018, I read my way through their entire global fiction section (called Tales from Around the World) and discovered so many gems. I think I need to do this again — thanks for reminding me of all the greatness that’s out there.

  2. Thanks for the great weekend reads, Alison. You picks are always so interesting. I enjoyed the story about PTSD and hair loss. I am also dealing with hair loss and my dermatologist says it’s related to Telogen Effluvium. I am trying Rogaine foam for now. Great list of books from NPR!

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