Daily Handbasket: 10 June 17


Random Bits and Bobs

Can this quiz guess where you’re from by your vocabulary? This has been around a while, but my family is obsessed with this NYT Quiz. My three most significant cities were Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, and Little Rock, Arkansas. The Kentucky part is dead-on for me. Don’t know where the Little Rock comes in.

Everyone else I know discovered Yoga With Adriane before I did. Love her gentle instructions. Here’s how I sometimes start my morning.

Adam West, my first and favorite BatMan has died.

Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knieval was a big deal when I was growing up. Now he has a museum in his name. That makes me feel old.

Text messages help lower glucose numbers in diabetics. Another reminder that mindfulness makes a difference.

Long read: Generations of the poor are reliant on the disability benefits system. Heartbreaking.


Books and Film

Daphne Du Maurier is one of my favorite writers. My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz, is a newly-released adaptation of the eponymous novel. I can’t wait to see it.

UNSUB is the brand new thriller by my Edgar-winning friend, Meg Gardiner. It publishes at the end of this month (you’re going to want to pre-order). The other big news is that it’s being developed as a series by CBS!

Father’s Day is coming right up, and my go-to book maven, Anne Bogel, has a great list of Dad-friendly titles up at Modern Mrs. Darcy. Chain of Title and Field of Battle are already on order for one of the dads in my life.


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Exercise: 20 minutes yoga.

4 thoughts on “Daily Handbasket: 10 June 17”

  1. Cindy says:

    Strangely, the cities I speak most similarly to are places I have never been (Modesto and Stockton, CA) or only visited once (Tucson). I supposed it is safe to say that my Midwestern and Rocky Mountain upbringing is to blame.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Interesting that it kept you west of the Rockies (I guess Tucson is?). Maybe it indicates that the people in Modesto and Stockton are reflecting you and their more eastern heritage!

  2. JT Ellison says:

    My quiz puts me in Texas, but that’s my y’all.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      The first time I did it I used y’all, and I was in SC, FL, and Georgia. But I grew up saying “you all” in Louisville. I went back and changed a couple things to reflect how I talked for the first half of my life, and it nailed me immediately. I’ve just moved around so much.

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