A few good gems

This pasta is at the top of my list to try, heartily endorsed by not one but two fantastic foodie bloggers as "the best pasta [they'd] ever had." Count me in! And then I'm going to make this roasted corn salad that's been calling to me from my Pinterest page.

George Washington wrote these 110 rules for civility...when he was 14 years old!? Wow.  (Looking for something for your kids to master over the break? You're welcome.)

Can I please have one of these super-sized, extra long sofas? They look perfect for Sunday napping and newspaper reading and remind me of my grandparents' inviting (and super long) yellow one. I've been trying to recreate that specific sofa my whole life.

I loved Lisa Van Orman Hadley's piece "Lost Things" in the New England Review, a requiem to the multitude of lost things in the course of a family's life. Beautiful.  (Hat tip to Kristine H., via Facebook)

 Flower Child by Clare Elsaesser

Flower Child by Clare Elsaesser

Likewise, Katrina Kenison's tender post Peonies captures that ache of the bittersweet beginning of summer, knowing that it will fly by soon.  I have felt that ache, almost beginning to mourn the end of something wonderful just as it is beginning to unfold.

"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point 'if this isn't nice I don't know what is.'" -Kurt Vonnegut. Good one, Kurt.

Happy weekending, friends! See you here Monday.