Until I saw the movie Julie and Julia, I thought of Julia Child only as the quirky lady with the high-pitched voice on public television. But that movie, and Meryl Streep’s uncanny portrayal of her (she was Julia Child), transformed her – for me – from a charicature to the delightful but compelling person she actually was. (I read the book Julie and Julia too, and liked it a lot, but the book was only half of the movie; it didn’t cover Julia in the way that the Nora Ephron movie did.)
What I appreciate most about Julia is how she kept taking on new challenges throughout her life. She was a World War II intelligence analyst turned (very novice) cooking student turned cookbook author turned television personality. That’s amazing really, especially for her time.
By the way, after she retired to California, Julia donated the kitchen from her Cambridge, MA home to the Smithsonian, where it’s been on display, off and on, at the Museum of American History. Have you happened to catch it?
Here are some other ways people are creating their lives that caught my eye this week:
- How a San Francisco family of five lives (almost) clutter free.
- Sheryl Sandberg’s honest, touching Facebook post about grief.
- See what a registered dietician eats in an average day. (You know you want to know.)
- A Dutch nursing home lets students live there for free and the reason is genius.
- And I had no idea that NBA players got pedicures.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Photo of Julia Child’s kitchen courtesy of ehpien.