WE HAD a bounty of great stories this past week. To hit a first highlight, we published the second of Grace Cooper’s Late Dates columns, in which our heroine discovers that she’s chasing a man who was, wait for it, alarmingly like the man she had just divorced. Take that to your therapist—and she did just that!
The bounty extended, of course, to the fruits of the season. Kitchen Detail columnist Nancy Pollard served up a Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake that was worth turning on the oven for. And LittleBird Nancy McKeon selected a dozen melamine trays and platters, unbreakable and lightweight enough to stand up to all of the outdoor entertaining that summer affords.
While we’re outdoors, we might consider the rose of Sharon, a shrub that can grow into a tree. LittleBird Stephanie Cavanaugh’s Green Acre column pointed out that its flowers will dress up your outdoors from first flush of summer through to—dare I say it?—the last rose of summer.
Body parts were on the agenda this past week.
First, LittleBird Janet Kelly hailed the gradual disappearance of masks, reintroducing our mouths to lipstick!—just in time for National Lipstick Day (it was Friday, July 29, in case you want to mark your calendar for next year).
If you’re a middle-aged woman living in a city and have a weakness for spicy foods . . . Well-Being columnist Mary Carpenter explained that the frequent little red spots on your cheeks just may be rosacea. And you should read what she has to say so you know how to react to the next flareup.
Last in the body-part triumvirate were our aging hands. How Not to F*ck Up Your Face columnist Valerie Monroe expressed her admiration for old, veiny hands, saying “they look to me as if they’ve earned the right to carry heavy, important jewelry.” If you don’t share her point of view, she explained exactly how to care for your hands to keep them plump and young-looking for as long as possible.
Next week is another week, and it starts tomorrow. See you then!