a short(ish) and sweet letter
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a note from nina

a weekly(ish) collection of odds and ends

I have been embracing spontaneity this week. Saying "yes," when my innate desire is to plan ahead. It has been a fun nudge out of my comfort zone. Onto some odds and ends:

  1. A short primer into the deeply disturbing events unfolding in Kashmir. Don't look away.  America's gun violence problem has everything to do with its masculinity problem (old, but still painfully relevant).
  2. The tenderness of a bowl of cut fruit. It's a visceral, gentle memory of sitting in my childhood bedroom, when my Baba brings up a peeled orange while I study. It's my nani, with bowl of lovingly washed pomegranate seeds.
  3. A gripping story of two Indian ultramarathon runners along the "Hell Ultra," one of the most punishing routes on the Leh-Manali highway.
  4. I don't know about you, but my student loans feel like this knot in my chest that I will never be able to undo. So this personal essay made me feel... something. Not in a bad way! But something. One spouse had student loans, the other paid it all off.
  5. "Greener" is a fiery, lush anthem from Anju and Uliya. It is such a special song, and worth adding to your summer rotation. Building a game room of one's own. This zucchini bread was a great way to use all the zucchini from my farm share. No need to wring out the water, either (whew). It's essential to be generous with the turbinado sugar at the end, since it's the secret behind a delightful, crunchy crust.
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