Strange time of year
How was your week?
We’ve entered that strange time of year when spring doesn’t know if it really wants to show up or not. Here in Boston, we’ve had snow, cold, and then positively beautiful spring days. I just keep searching for crocuses and hope. Winter does not last forever.
Hope for Ukraine
These days, we need hope. War continues, and, while Ukraine is fighting like hell, they are outmatched. We are witnessing Putin’s forces deliberately targeting civilians, a war crime. Over 2.1 million refugees have fled the country. It’s heartbreaking, and scary, and there are no easy answers here.
A friend of mine sent me Ilya Kaminsky’s “We Lived Happily During the War,” which articulates the guilt and reality of witnessing war but not experiencing it directly. We do something, but it’s never enough. And, gradually, it fades into the background.
Caring for ourselves so that we can care for others
What we do will never be enough, especially if we go numb from everything and turn away. While we can hope, this is unlikely to end soon, and it likely will get far worse. So how do we stay engaged? I scribbled some thoughts on this for Saturday’s post about making sure that we take care of ourselves. It’s one of the clumsier things that I’ve written, but it does have things that I’ve learned along the way about how I can keep my heart open.
Yes, we might still be happy during the war, but may it be so that we can continue working for peace.
I’ve continued to give to World Central Kitchen, which is on the ground, right now, feeding people in Ukraine, as well as refugees who have crossed the border. You can read a little more about their work in this story. WCK has an excellent reputation, with a 100% rating on Charity Navigator, meaning that they have an outstanding reputation are truly using the money they receive to further their mission.
If you know of other ways to help, please post in the comments below.
A simple joy
You might have seen this all over Facebook or Instagram, but you absolutely have to call this number: +1 707-998-8410. Keep calling if it’s busy. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Upcoming: spring cleaning the next two weeks
Over the next two weeks, I’m going to be doing some work on the site and planning. While I may post something new here and there, for the most part, I will be recommending things from the archives I think you might enjoy.
Subscribers will still get the weekly Wonder & Sundry Newsletter, and perhaps a sneak peek or two about what I’m working on. There’s also a bonus recipe for Simple Roasted Cherry Tomatoes in the Wonder & Sundry Recipe Box, and I’ve also started separating out components like salad dressings and those Maple Pecans from the Brussels Sprouts Salad recipe and posting them in there. So, want a snappy vinaigrette, but don’t feel like making Leftover Steak Salad? The Recipe box has you covered.
I will still post regularly on Instagram.
These are challenging times. I write in hope for peace and a stable world for all of us.
Below are the posts from the week.