The azaleas are in bloom in Memphis, and we're looking forward to a long Easter weekend complete with lots of Easter egg hunts, jelly beans, family time and - fingers crossed - a few quiet moments. I hope you have big plans for the upcoming weekend and that you have a wonderful Easter. Should you find any free moments, here are some recommendations:
READ: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the true story of Grace Humiston, one of the few female attorneys in the early 20th century. At a time when women weren't even allowed to vote, Humiston opened a law practice to provide "justice for those with limited means." She went on to be the first female U.S. district attorney and an extraordinary detective.
In Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, her story is well-written and engaging. I'd never heard it before, but believe it's one worth knowing and retelling!
Listen: Every Little Thing
Gimlet's done it again. A friend recommended this podcast this week, and I loved the first episode that I listened to. The premise of the show is taking everyday, seemingly mundane, topics and explaining them in an in-depth and interesting way. Listeners ask questions - when did pants become a thing? why is there organ music at baseball games? why do auctioneers talk so fast? - and then the host, Flora Lichtman, thoroughly investigates and answers the question. I started with "Duct Tape MacGyver" and plan to listen to "The Quest to Wipe Out a Virus" next.
WATCH: Barry Season 2
HBO's Barry is back for season 2. Three episodes have been released so far. I've only made it through the first one, but it's great. The show, starring Bill Hader as a hit man turned actor, is hilarious albeit a little dark. It's good for some good laughs and the writing is great.
With Easter coming up, I enjoyed reading a couple of articles about the season and celebrations this week. This mental floss article has some interesting facts about some of our favorite traditions: The Originals of 11 Easter Traditions.
The Conversation also has an interesting read: Why Easter is Called Easter and Other Little-Known Facts About the Holiday.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend. And, please share any recommendations you have for the upcoming weeks!