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Ciao! This photo is actually from a trip to Taormina in Sicily that I took with my sister Michele a few years ago, but we spent the whole day outside spring cleaning the garden on Saturday and I'm so excited about it I decided to say it with flowers.
(My dad used to tell me that if I took a rock from a place that I loved, I would always return there. Maybe if I keep posting pics of Sicily, I will get back there soon too.)
Last week, I attended a Q&A at the Durham Museum for the book 100 Things to Do in Omaha Before You Die by my friends Lisa and Tim Trudell of The Walking Tourists. Lisa and Tim provide such great insider knowledge. I highly recommend placing it next to Lost Restaurants of Omaha in your guest room. Witch's honor, your visitors will be hooked.
I seem to have a thing for children's books that use dogs to address difficult subjects. Back on Veteran's Day, I purchased Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Carlos Montalván, a retired Army captain whose dog helps him cope with PTSD, to read to the girls' classes. Recently I added Rescue and Jessica*, about Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jessica Kensky and her rescue dog. Jessica and her husband Patrick are friends of my sister Trisha and active with Trisha's nonprofit Sailing Heals, so the story felt especially personal and inspiring to the girls and me.
Oh, and though it's not a difficult subject, we finally got our copy of A Day it the Life of Marlon Bundo. Trix and Irish read it themselves... and then immediately read it to Millie. I like raising my girls in a world where there's John Oliver.
In any case, it's a good antidote to the other media I consumed this weekend, which was the first two episodes of The Handmaid's Tale, season 2. I'm only now starting to catch my breath. The show is so beautifully shot and acted, so terrifying and so tense. I can see how it's not for everyone but it consistently blows me away.
Hope your week ahead is more Oliver and less Atwood!
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