July Notes: Madame Pamplemousse, Chelsea Clinton reads James Baldwin, and DIY Pollock-Inspired Bags

About this blog post: Each month, I send an email newsletter to friends on my list. Below is a condensed version of last month's letter.

Here are some things I'm reading, thinking about, and working on this month:

What I'm Reading

Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer by Arthur Lubow, America's Favorite Holidays: Candid Histories by Bruce Davis Forbes, Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

What We're Reading

Madame Pamplemousse and her Incredible Edibles by Rupert Kingfisher, A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Eric Velasquez, Have you Seen my Dragon? by Steve Light, Henri's Scissors by Jeanette Winter, Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

What I Wrote

6 Locals Share their Favorite Upstate New York Farm Stands on And North, DIY Goodie Bags for a Pollock-inspired Art Party on Dear Handmade Life

What I Heard + Saw

So much this month, for better and for worse. For hope: Chelsea Clinton reads James Baldwin on the creative process and artist's role in society. Do you have a bliss station? Emily Nussbaum's tweets and articles, which led me to this gem. It would have been nice to have this list before I set up shop online. Yowsers: Mother, Writer, Monster, Maid. My 4-year-old and I watched this a few times together with our mouths open, probably. Stumbled on this snapshot of Americans in Canada while fantasizing about a move to Montreal (because let's be honest about Trump, really) and remembered my lovely stay in the Plateau neighborhood over a decade ago. This talk on working smarter in the age of distraction from Jocelyn K. Glei. And what do you do?