Friday Finds: Late December

Friday Finds


Ina Garten Make it AheadMake it Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook: I love Ina Garten’s books! I won her latest at my book club’s holiday party. I haven’t tried anything yet, but I definitely will. Some of her books get repetitive, but this one seems to have a fresh angle.


Dear Sugar podcast Did you know about the advice column on The Rumpus started by Steve Almond and continued by Cheryl Strayed? The same year that Strayed’s memoir WILD came out, it was also revealed that she was the voice behind Dear Sugar. She also came out with a compilation of her best pieces advice in Tiny Beautiful Things, an excellent read. I love both authors (I’ve read just about everything of Steve Almond’s, too) and now they’ve teamed up to give advice on a podcast.


Don’t forget that starting in January I’ll be doing my friendship advice column for The HerStories Project twice a month. You can ask an anonymous question using this form.

The literary magazine Ploughshares posted an excellent list of writing prompts


10 Types of Odd Friendships You’re Probably a Part Of  Thank you Ruchi Koval for sending me the link! She endorses the smart points, if not the occasional foul language.

McSweeney’s had this hysterical piece “Snopes Investigates the Anderson Family’s Holiday Letter.

The Great New Books Team’s Best of 2014 List

The nine of us who make up the GNB team — Jennifer Lyn King (our leader!), Lindsey Mead, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Cathleen Holst, Katie Noah Gibson, and Julia Munroe Martin each picked our favorite book from 2014. Between the nine of us, we’ve read over 450 books this year. I had a hard time picking one favorite. For sure one of my absolute top reads was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, but Stacey picked it so I went with another.

2014 GNB Favorite Books


A Spark and The Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune

So a photographer from the Minneapolis Star Tribune came over last night and this happened today in the Metro section. Why my family? The reason they chose our family is not because I write about Judaism and parenting. Well, I suppose indirectly that was the reason. My very well connected fellow former cast member of Listen…

Wondering About Other Writers

Remnants of Childhood by D. Sharon Pruitt

Last week my friend, Kristen M. Ploetz, wrote a post called “Nine Things I Wonder About Other Writers.” She encouraged readers to answer in the comments, but of course I couldn’t stop myself from responding in a blog post. I know that my friend, Lindsey Mead, had the same reaction and is also answering those questions on her…

What Lights You Up?

What's Lights You Up For Hanukkah 2014 photo by Nina Badzin

What lights you up? I love that question so much. It’s just right for this season if you want to put some deeper thought into Hanukkah. (Probably works for all the winter holidays, really.) It’s taken me a long time to get to this mindset for Hanukkah to tell you the truth. When it was a time…

Friendship Intensity

HerTake with Nina Badzin

I answered two excellent questions for December’s friendship advice column over at The HerStories Project. Although both questions were completely different situations, they came down one essential and similar problem: How do you change the intensity of a friendship? I think it’s great when readers chime in to help, too, so please don’t be shy with your…

An Improvement to My Marriage

14 years of marraige

Tomorrow Bryan and I will celebrate 14 years of marriage. I was 23 on that day in early December, 2000, when I walked down the aisle to meet Bryan (27 at the time) waiting under the chuppah. Sometimes when I see pictures from our wedding day I think, “Whoa, we’re lucky that worked out. We were…

Friday Finds: Late November

favorite quote and my journals

NEWS Starting in January I’ll be doing the HerTake friendship column twice a month so keep those anonymous questions coming! November’s question and answer is here if you missed it. Next radio spot on the Jordana Green show will be on December 10th! GOOD READS The first good read is the great quote in the photo. Those…

November Friendship Advice

HerTake with Nina Badzin

I’ve been getting some great questions for my HerTake friendship advice column over at The HerStories Project. I’m always taking new questions so feel free to try me! But the question I chose for November required such a detailed answer that I decided not to add a second one for this post. (And that was hard,…