Love & Wisdom

Hot New Books for Summer

Hot New Books for Summer

Susan Lieu, Ijeoma Oluo, and Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe release compelling, transformative works

In her debut memoir, The Manicurist’s Daughter, Seattle playwright and performer Susan Lieu, best known for her autobiographical solo show, 140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother, recounts the tale of losing her mother…

A New York State of Mind

A New York State of Mind

The Big Apple is a feast for the senses

I love the Northwest, but there’s no place like New York City. Recently, I was there for some meetings. As I walked from one neighborhood to another, taking in the intellectual stimulation and people-watching, I understood the importance of adopting a New York State of Mind, at least occasionally. Let me explain. To begin, all…

A Marital Pump Fake

A Marital Pump Fake

An excruciating week teaches a valuable lesson

The proposal went as planned.
My girlfriend thought we were headed to Place Pigalle for dinner, and we were, but only after we’d stopped by The Inn at the Market. I told her I’d heard there was a view from the roof, a ruse so I could lead her to the hotel room she didn’t know I’d reserved.

16 Local Gifts for a Seattle Mother's Day

16 Local Gifts for a Seattle Mother’s Day

A funny candle, a meaningful necklace, and the best sundae in town

Let’s talk about Mother’s Day. It’s a holiday that can feel a tad complex. Maybe you’re planning to spoil your mom with a spa day, or maybe you’re finding ways to honor her memory or handle some tricky emotions. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we’ve rounded up some fun and local gift ideas.

Can You Correctly Pronounce ‘Croissant?’ How about ‘Tzatziki?’

Can You Correctly Pronounce ‘Croissant?’ How about ‘Tzatziki?’

The 30 most mispronounced foods contain some head-scratchers

Researchers compiled a list of most popular foods and analyzed the number of Google searches for each, combined with terms like “how to pronounce food,” “food pronunciation,” and “how to say food.”
“Croissant” is far and away the winner. Personally, I’ve been mispronouncing the French puff pastry for years. The correct pronunciation is…

Your Guide to a Closet Refresh 

Your Guide to a Closet Refresh 

Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start

Our closets often reflect our lives — busy, a tad chaotic, and full of ‘someday’ promises. It’s time to reclaim our space, align our wardrobes with who we are today, and prepare for the exciting road ahead.

The Woman of Madison Avenue 

The Woman of Madison Avenue 

Barbara Feigin overcame stereotypes and sexism to rise to the top of the Mad Men-era advertising world

When Feigin was just 2-years old, she fled Nazi Germany with her mother and Jewish father. They traveled across Russia by train and later departed Tokyo on a Japanese ship, eventually arriving on the shores of Seattle. They settled in Chehalis more than a month after leaving Berlin. This was in 1940. Raised in the United States with her parents’ core values of courage, optimism, and determination, Feigin made her way to the top of the competitive and often sexist world of 1960s advertising.

Junior High: Some Things Never Change

Junior High: Some Things Never Change

Chaperoning my daughter’s dance took me back in time

I’m here to chaperone the middle school formal, a duty that leads me to the back of the gym. It’s partitioned: one side bright and familiar, the other dark and full of potential — the dance floor. A DJ stands on the stage with his eyes glued to his laptop. He is surrounded by a sea of pink and red streamers. A sign above a doorway hints at a makeshift photo booth…

Kitchen Conversations With J. Kenji López-Alt

Kitchen Conversations With J. Kenji López-Alt

The Seattle chef discusses online feedback, appropriation, and his goals as a noted food writer

Currently, he’s juggling projects for his YouTube channel, working on a new cookbook aimed at everyday cooking, writing another children’s book, and launching a podcast with Deb Perlman of Smitten Kitchen.

Fave Five: Flowers, Art, Style, Beauty

Fave Five: Flowers, Art, Style, Beauty

Celebrate renewal, rain or shine

It’s spring, and although typical Seattle drizzle suggests otherwise, you don’t have to wait for a break in the wet and gray to get excited about the change of season. Here are five ways to get out and feel spring even if you still need an umbrella.

Empowering Black Seattleites in Pursuit of Homeownership  

Empowering Black Seattleites in Pursuit of Homeownership  

How Seattle’s lack of affordable housing is affecting its Black residents 

As a Black woman and financial advisor deeply engrained in Seattle’s community, I’ve witnessed firsthand the struggles many Black individuals face in securing affordable housing…

The Therapy Revolution

The Therapy Revolution

 Changing your ability to love, one session at a time

To my mind, some form of counseling or therapy is helpful in preparation for meeting someone, in maintenance of a relationship, in repair when relationships stall or shatter, and in support when you have to start the whole dance over again.

Photo by Glasshouse Images/Getty

The Power Of Quitting

The Power Of Quitting

Giving something up is never easy, especially because society rarely rewards such behavior

I’m not a quitter…

llustration by Arthur Mount

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