I think the most important thing you can do for your children is sit down to dinner together. Ruth Reichl tells Terry Gross why she stopped being a restaurant critic: she wanted to spend more time with her son. [complete interview here] (via nprfreshair) Agreed. My family ate together when I was growing up and it’s absolutely vital to raising a good kid. Continue reading

I had a small bbq in my backyard last night. Having a backyard in NYC is quite rare, and since I have one, it almost seems like my duty to share it with my friends. It’s pretty magical back there. About 50 feet behind my camera is a peach tree. Tasty this time of year. Continue reading

I got a kettlebell. Multiple friends and other sources have been praising the benefits. So I tried it last week at the gym. It hurt so good. But then, reading up on it, this sentence clinched the deal for me: The basic movements, such as the swing, snatch, and the clean and jerk, engage the entire body at once, and in a way that mimics real … Continue reading

A teenager who lost her fingers to septicaemia as a toddler has been able to brush her teeth for the first time – after she was fitted with bionic fingers. Chloe, from Swindon, Wiltshire, contracted streptococcal septicaemia after being struck down with chicken pox aged three-and-a-half. It’s, of course, wonderful to see medicine and technology progress like this. Fortunately, the children of today, as long as they … Continue reading

“Hurricanes are the latest discovery of radio stations and they are being taken up in a big way. To me, Nature is continuously absorbing– that is, she is a twenty-four-hour proposition, fifty-two weeks of the year– but to radio people, Nature is an oddity tinged with malevolence and worthy of note only in her more violent moments. The radio either lets Nature alone or gives … Continue reading