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What are you up to this weekend? I’m taking the boys to an apple orchard to ring in the fall. We’re also excited about our NYC weekend trip giveaway! You (and your friends, partners, and loved ones) can enter here anytime over the next week. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

How 10 women spend their commutes. “When my radio died a while back, I panicked. But it’s actually been a godsend. I choose to sit in silence. The silence is an oasis… I’m the same way when I fly. I don’t even bring a book. Idle awareness is a skill that I recommend acquiring.”

If you’re going to wear heels, these are the best.

New love languages, including “pointing out the good dogs,” haha.

Would you paint your ceiling a color? These photos are compelling.

Powerful, nuanced thinking about Queen Elizabeth’s death.

Wow, this documentary on arranged marriage was absolutely gripping.

Do or don’t: milky nails.

Book covers reimagined with celebrity photos, including Persuasion, The Age of Innocence, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Scarlet Letter, and Little Women.

Author Emma Straub’s funny, moving remembrance of her father, who “ate like a French king,” “got immense pleasure out of children,” and “was the fucking best.”

Would you uproot your life and open an inn? This couple did. (NYTimes gift link)

Raspberry breakfast bars.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Genevieve on an easy school lunch formula: “When I was a kid in England, every single person ate sandwiches. My parents haaaated packing lunches so much that in the end my mum would make 25 ham sandwiches on a Sunday (3 kids plus them) and freeze them and take them out in the morning. I can still recall the unpleasant feeling of slightly crunchy ham with ice still in the middle.”

Says Laura on an easy school lunch formula: “My son was a VERY fussy little guy, so I used to make dried apples to include in his lunch. It was labor intensive since my low-cost dehydrator took hours and required me to regularly rearrange the shelves. But I felt so good about sending the apples for him. One day I asked him about them, and he said, ‘They are great! I can trade two of them for a whole bag of potato chips!!!'”

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