9 Great Reader Comments on Rituals

These past few weeks have been bumpy, so I’ve been looking forward to moments in the day when I can catch my breath. Here, nine Cup of Jo readers share rituals — including barefoot walks in snow and Friday Fun Days — that bring them joy… On the magic of water: “Every night, I read in…

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This Creamy Lemon Pasta Recipe Is One You Need to Try

The original recipe for this creamy lemon pasta was included in our June cookbook club last year. That cookbook club occasion featured recipes from Bitter Honey by Letitia Clark and the pasta in particular was a massive hit. No noodle was left behind. I made this pasta again this month and, once again, it was…

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Thinking about the Uvalde School Shooting, and What to Do Now

Yesterday, a lone gunman killed at least 19 children and two teachers at a predominantly Latino elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. On May 16th, a man opened fire at a Taiwanese church in Southern California, killing one person and wounding five. On May 14th, a gunman fatally shot 10 people, almost all of them Black,…

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Has Your Beauty Routine Changed During the Pandemic?

The other day, I turned to the back of my daily planner and made myself a list: • Haircut• Eyebrow wax• Order tinted moisturizer• Order a red lipstick• Mani/pedi• Get running shoes• Mammogram• Pap smear• Eye exam• Writing retreat I barely even knew what to title said list. “Self Care” was inaccurate. I already lit…

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This One Thing Is the Secret to Any Lasting Friendship

Image by Athena Pelton Family. Spouses. Kids. The lucky person who gets to prepare the mess formally known as taxes. These are all relationships in which we know work is required and there’s an equal expectation that the deal is, in ways small and forgettable or big and important, transactional. A give here, a take…

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Growing Up With a Mom With OCD

Ruth Chan is an illustrator who lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend. Her comics tackle lighter topics like dogs and curry fish balls to heavier topics like grief and race. She writes and illustrates children’s books. For Cup of Jo, she also written about losing a pet and Lunar New Year. P.S. Taking care of…

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Toby and Anton’s Guide to Life

Children often see the world in cool ways, and I love hearing their pearls of wisdom. So! At bedtime last night, I asked my own kids — Toby, 11, and Anton, 8 — to reveal their pro tips… 1. What’s a good breakfast?Toby: Toast with butter is always satisfying.Anton: Frosted Mini Wheats plus Kashi Cinnamon Harvest….

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