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On a High Note: Vol 17

Happy Monday friends! 

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Welcome back to another fresh week! Let’s get it started On a High Note: A Monday roundup of inspiring, fascinating, fun and/or helpful snippets and ideas to try, read, make, cook, drink, do, and so on! 

Without further ado, grab your cup of coffee and let’s dive into our favorite highlights to check out this week! 

On a High Note: Vol 17

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The Economist: Covid-19 seems to have changed lifestyles for good

On a High Note: Vol 17

“I recently started adding The Economist into my news rotation to further diversify my news sources (Neal has always been an avid Economist reader) and would highly recommend subscribing. (I pay for the New York Times subscription, Neal pays for the Economist, it works out nicely ????) Don’t worry though, you can still enter your email address and read a handful of articles per month. 

Anyway, the analytical internet nerd in me loved this quick read that analyzed Google search trends and reported that Google search traffic for cooking, exercise and crafts remains above normal levels, one way that the pandemic has affected our lifestyles in a positive way by focusing on experiences rather than material items. It reads, “The Google trends for many of these home entertainments suggest that their new popularity may outlast the pandemic. If so, the world could end up poorer in earnings—but richer in experiences.” –Jess 

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The Future of Fashion: Sweatpants Forever

On a High Note: Vol 17

Photograph by Stephanie Gonot via New York Times

“I really enjoyed this New York Times read about the future of the fashion industry post-COVID.

‘Consumers stopped having any need for fashionable clothing. Retailers scrambled to cancel and return orders. Designers were unable to cover basic expenses like rent and payroll, let alone upcoming collections. Suddenly an industry that was already on the brink ground to a complete halt.’

When no one has a reason to dress up, what happens now? The article shares insight from several designers and Anna Wintour to get their take and gives a brief synopsis of the fashion industry over the past few decades.” —Kendall 

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Meet Caesar McCool, Portland’s Emotional Support Llama

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Cucumber Tomato Salad

On a High Note: Vol 17

Photo via Love & Lemons 

“Ever since I set up my balcony herb garden, I have been looking for every excuse to add herbs to all my meals. It makes me feel the most domestic! ????This light cucumber tomato salad from Love & Lemons is the perfect backdrop to add some fresh herbs too and would make a great appetizer/salad for backyard hangs! ” –Kendall 

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The best light, summery read: 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand 

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand 

“I’m currently ALMOST through 28 Summers after just cracking it at the start of the weekend. I read Summer of 69 but honestly, I like this even better and I’ve found it to be a quicker read! It’s a complicated love story set on Nantucket, the ideal backdrop for an easy summer read you can get lost in. “Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year (which Mallory and Jake watch every summer), 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.”

If you plan to buy the physical copy, I highly recommend buying via, where the proceeds benefit your favorite local Bookstore! (You can select which Bookstore in your profile–I recommend supporting Semicolon–Chicago’s only Black Female Owned Bookstore!) If you prefer Kindle, here is the Amazon link!” –Jess 


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This piece on Toxic Positivity in Response to Racism

This piece on Toxic Positivity in Response to Racism

Photo by Chelsea Victoria via Self

“This quick Self read hits on an important topic related to systemic racism: toxic positivity. The Black author shares her personal experience with this via social media and talks to a professor of psychology to explain how this can effect people — ‘Positivity becomes toxic when it is implied that we should always look on the bright side at all times and not allow ourselves to feel difficult emotions. The downside of positivity culture is that it can vilify the normal range of human emotional experience.’  —Kendall


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a picnic party for one 

a picnic party for one 

“Friday night I had all to myself (Neal was meeting two of his best friends for dinner) so I made a little snack plate, brought some wine, and spread out my blanket (this one is only $20 and the best outdoor blanket!) and spent two hours soaking up the beautiful weather and reading 28 Summers. (See above!) 

It was delightful and I realized that it had been literally months since I had spent anytime alone by myself. (Which is a big change I’ve since gotten used to, since Neal used to travel for work all the time!) It was the perfect summer night and it made me thankful that times have slowed down so I’m able to do (and appreciate) little things like this. If you’re able, I definitely recommend getting out for a little solo park picnic this week! I forgot how much I need to be alone sometimes to fully recharge!” –Jess 

Happy Monday! Cheers to the week ahead! ❤️