From her bed and already in her pajamas, the legendary Dolly Parton is reading a book a week for ten weeks at 7PM EST on her Imagination Library page. With episodes already available and free to watch, it's a great way to sit back and enjoy a bedtime story with your kids. In her charming southern accent, the videos are a mix between Dolly herself and closeups of the illustrations inside. In her words, "I think that it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and share some love." Upcoming books include Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon and I Am the Rainbow, (written by Mrs. Parton herself), so get into your pjs, get cozy, and enjoy.
If you're finding yourself staring at a pantry full of more rice and beans then you know what to do with, you're not alone. You're also not out of luck. Samin Nosrat (Chez Panisse chef and author and creator of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat) and Hrishikesh Hirway (host of the Song Exploder podcast), have come together and created Home Cooking; a four episode podcast for inspired cooking with sometimes less than inspiring ingredients. Packed with puns, encouragement, and advice, it's the perfect mini-series for guiding us through how to use up those beans, substitute during a flour shortage and make sardines exciting. We just wish there were even more episodes to enjoy because this left us hungry for more.
Kids aren't the only ones who can take advantage of learning from home right now, and Harvard is offering free online courses in multiple subjects. Yes, Harvard. Whether you're studying to beef up your resume or you just love to learn, they have classes ranging from Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology to Computer Science to Bioethics to even 18th Century Opera. Scrolling through their full list of available courses, you're sure to find something that speaks to you and will broaden your horizons.
National Geographic has always featured jaw-dropping photography, sure to make you do a double-take every time you open an issue. Even without a subscription you can still enjoy the stunning photography and read the stories behind the photos. One way to do this is to follow Cory Richards on Instagram. As one of the Nat Geo photographers, his posts are full of so much detail that we could spend hours poring over them. How can a photograph evoke so much emotion? Go give him a follow and see for yourself.
For fans of This is Loveor Criminal, you are well acquainted with the distinct voice of Phoebe Judge. Often described as "soothing" or "well-suited for guided meditation," it's fitting that she's created a new way to sit back, relax and listen to her. Phoebe Reads a Mystery is part podcast, part audiobook, completely calm inducing. She reads a chapter a day from well known mystery novels, and whether that's a genre you gravitate towards or not, Phoebe reading them is enough of a reason for us to tune in. You can listen to all three books that she has already read here. We've never been so pacified by a murder mystery!
Through the brand, Nocking Point Wines, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have launched a Pinot Noir that gives all 100% of proceeds to Covid relief. Not only a great way to treat yourself, these are a great customizable gift with a label designed to be interactive and unique to each buyer. Add a personalized message, a portrait of a pet or an inside joke and know that every penny of that purchase is going to a good cause.