Border Collies, a New Library Pod, Stroopwafels, Santa History & More: Endnotes 26 November

Border Collies, a New Library Pod, Stroopwafels, Santa History & More: Endnotes 26 November

Friday, 26 November, 2021

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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What’s even better than whipped cream on top of pumpkin pie? Watching the National Dog Show and eating pie with whipped cream! The annual competition of adorableness has been held each year since 1879 (minut an interruption for the Great Depression from ‘28 to ‘32). The 2021 show was filled with as much cuteness as you could hope for with 4-year-old Scottish wolfhound named Claire taking the coveted Best in Show title for the second consecutive year. But really, they’re all good dogs. That cutie above is a border collie, also from Scotland.

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Photo from Raku Inoue.
  • Getty shows us what’s found on the back of paintings. ‘These histories contained in an object give us a snapshot of the past… By tracing an object as it passed between hands from its maker up until the present, we can see how it was valued over time and how it came to be known to us today.’

  • This love letter to stroopwafels, a sweet treat from the Netherlands, is a delight. ‘It’s a deceptively simple creation that doesn’t look all that appetizing: no colorful glaze or appealing sprinkle of sugar or nuts, just a plain brown disc. But then you take a bite, and you realize that the stroopwafel doesn’t need flashy looks, because its substance is a buttery dream of two wafer-like parts that hold a rich layer of syrup, each bite perfectly proportioned and satisfying.’

  • Merriam-Webster challenges you to Name that Emotion.

  • Obvs: Life’s too short to finish books you don’t like.

  • Here’s a very helpful Covid-risk calculator.

  • This short story on Twitter tugged at my heartstrings.

  • A fascinating look at the changing face of Santa Claus.

vintage postcard of santa claus

 

Stay safe out there, friends.

Top image courtesy of Marie Hein/Shutterstock.

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