June Love List

A list of things most loved this month from GS&NS Editor, Pamela, a habitual list maker.


At first, I was using Moby Dick like a sleeping pill. Months prior, I picked up a particularly nice copy of Herman Melville's classic novel at Barnes & Noble, and when I say nice copy, I mean I appreciated the art work on the front cover. It was only a few weeks ago though that I actually opened the book. It was 1am and I was desperate to fall asleep. 

At first, Ishmael did the trick and I was out like a light but then a few more nights of reading happen, and soon the ship is leaving the port. 

A few more chapters and suddenly I remembered why Herman Melville is considered one of America's greatest writers.

Short story: Read this book and if you struggle, get the audio book.

"There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody’s expense but his own….  Worrying, prospects of sudden disaster, peril of life and limb; all these, and death itself, seem to him only sly, good-natured hits, and jolly punches in the side bestowed by the unseen and unaccountable old joker." 

2. EAT

I have good intentions. I pin easy and healthy recipes on Pinterest, think about making a list, and then open my planner and attempt to schedule in a trip to the grocery store. Sometimes it happens, but most of the time it doesn't. 

So naturally a couple of weeks ago, I googled "food subscription box" and discovered exactly that in a company called, Hello Fresh*. So now I get three vegetarian meals delivered to my door once a week (three meals portioned for two, so really six). Last night, I had vegetarian paella with peppers and mushrooms, and it was delicious! And now I know how to make paella! 

*Use this coupon code to receive $40 off your first box: MW7DK8


I watch at least one episode of The Office every single day. It's on my iPad when I'm doing my makeup in the morning, or on the TV while I'm cooking in the kitchen. 

I could write a whole essay about how Michael, Jim, Pam, Dwight, Kevin, and the whole gang saved me during a particularly rough time in college. 

And this month was no different. With the stress of work and family and friends and finances and everything else, I was feeling more than run down. So I let Prison Mike (from season three) make me laugh for a bit. Works every time.


If you've read any other Love Lists, you know my obsession with podcasts is very real, so I was most excited when I heard that the terrific nonfiction writer, Malcolm Gladwell, was partnering with Panoply to create his very own podcast called Revisionist History.

"Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance."

So far, it's a great success (and that's only with two episodes completed). I was completely enthralled. 

5. GirlSense & NonSense Love:

Two weeks ago, a GirlSense & NonSense contributor, Joshua Watkins, reacted to the Orlando terrorist attack in a heartfelt and emotional essay.  I was personally moved by his call to lean on each other, and to not suffer and grieve silently.

And the ultimate message? Love will always win. Always.

So that's what I've been loving, lovelies. How about you?