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Pleasures

33 ways to practice the art of self-care – Lifestyle | Los Angeles Times

By Marielle Wakim, Jan. 13, 2022 7 AM PT

(Lively Scout / For The Times)

When you hear the phrase self-care, chances are you fall into one of two camps: You either want to retch violently or you want to raise a glass of wine in tribute (one that you’re somehow managing to drink while lying face-down on a massage table).

Arguably, both responses are valid. The practice of self-care has strayed from its radical roots — more on those in a second — and evolved into a posh solution for myriad modern-day ailments, including but certainly not limited to long workdays, tense family gatherings, political conversations, and circling the parking garage at the Grove two days before Christmas.

But in its more nascent form, self-care, which surfaced as a term in the 1950s, was far less luxurious.

Before it became synonymous with the larger wellness movement, self-care was something doctors and health professionals encouraged among elderly and mentally ill populations; everyday practices, like personal grooming, were ways to reclaim a sense of autonomy.

In the years following, academics began exploring the ways self-care might combat the stress experienced by workers in high-octane fields (think healthcare or firefighting).

The idea was simple: Taking care of oneself — whether that meant addressing a physical need like eating, or a psychological need like engaging in therapy — would more adequately allow someone to take care of others. You hear it on airplanes all the time. Put on your own oxygen mask first before helping those around you.

Source: 33 ways to practice the art of self-care – Los Angeles Times

The Real Places That Gave Rise to Southern Fictions | The New Yorker

By Casey Cep, January 12, 2022

“Church, Highway 47, Alabama, 2018.”

There is a cheap way of invoking the American South—common to country songs and television shows and pulpy novels—that involves setting the scene with cornfields or battlefields and setting the table with gravy and grits.

You know that you’re in the midst of it when an otherwise deracinated character drops his final “G”s and says something about livin’ high on the hog or complains about how it’s colder outside than a witch’s tit.

But it takes more than kudzu or a Mason jar to make a work of Southern fiction. A real sense of place requires something else—more verb than noun, not a thing but a way of being.

Editor’s Note; May be behind paywall, sorry…

Source: The Real Places That Gave Rise to Southern Fictions | The New Yorker

Largest dark energy map could reveal the fate of the universe | Live Science

This is one big map

By Tom Metcalfe, published 1 day ago

Star trails are seen over the Nicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope on Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. (Image credit: KPNO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/P. Marenfeld)

A modified telescope in Arizona has produced an interim map, which is already the largest three-dimensional map of the universe ever — and the instrument is only about a tenth of the way through its five-year mission.

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a collaboration between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and scientists around the world, was installed between 2015 and 2019 on the Mayall telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in the Sonoran Desert, about 50 miles (88 kilometers) west of Tucson, and has been conducting a survey for less than a year.

Its purpose is to create an even larger 3D map of the universe, to yield a better understanding of the physics of dark energy, the mysterious force that is accelerating the expansion of the universe.

Source: Largest dark energy map could reveal the fate of the universe | Live Science

Inside the upcoming Orient Express La Dolce Vita train | CNN Travel

By Tamara Hardingham-Gill, CNN • Published 30th December 2021

All aboard: Renderings of the new Orient Express La Dolce Vita, which will debut in 2023, have just been released.
Courtesy Orient Express La Dolce Vita/Accor/Dimorestudio

(CNN) — The launch of the new Orient Express La Dolce Vita might still be a while off, but it seems as though the highly anticipated service will definitely be worth the wait.

Renderings of the 11-carriage train, which pays homage to the “La Dolce Vita” period of the 1960s, have been unveiled, revealing a plush interior that looks more like a boutique hotel than a railway car.

Orient Express La Dolce Vita is to be made up of six trains, each featuring 12 “deluxe cabins,” 18 suites, an “Honour Suite” and a restaurant carriage offering a “five-star dining experience” including “award-winning Italian wines and exclusive haute cuisine.”

Source: Inside the upcoming Orient Express La Dolce Vita train | CNN Travel

What You Missed: How Rick Steves Got Hooked on Hiking – Outside Online

The travel guru discusses the adventure that fueled his newfound love for hiking

By Frederick Dreier, Dec 29, 2021

From article…

Rick Steves can point out the balconies in Milan where Mussolini gave speeches.

He knows where to order the tastiest mangalica in Budapest, Hungary.

And for more than 40 years, he has researched European travel for his popular guidebooks and television show, amassing a sizable fan base with his intricate knowledge of history, culture, and cuisine.

Prior to 2021, however, Steves had largely overlooked one major side of European travel: the great outdoors. That changed in September when Steves went on a six-day trek through the French Alps.

Source: What You Missed: How Rick Steves Got Hooked on Hiking – Outside Online

11 Airbnbs With Libraries You Could Spend All Day In | Condé Nast Traveler

You can leave your favorite novel at home—these Airbnbs come with plenty of entertainment.

By Meredith Carey, December 25, 2020

Screenshot, Courtesy Airbnb

From two-story bookcases that require ladders to reach the top to a back house dedicated to reading, these Airbnbs with libraries will keep you endlessly entertained.

The natural light and home design inspo in each doesn’t hurt, either. Start planning a trip to one of these Airbnb dream homes for book lovers—everywhere from Marrakech to upstate New York—or take a second look at sprucing up your personal library.

While we have not stayed in every Airbnb featured, unless otherwise stated, these listings are vetted based on Superhost status, amenities, location, previous guest reviews, and decor. This gallery was originally published in October 2018. It has been updated with new information.

All products featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Source: 11 Airbnbs With Libraries You Could Spend All Day In | Condé Nast Traveler