autumn leaves

Hey y'all! It's been awhile since I've done one of these posts. I've been thirsty for knowledge lately and thus have been doing a lot of deep reading online (as opposed to watching/skimming), so a few of these links are a little heavy and/or time-consuming, but I think they're worth it. HAPPY WEEKEND!

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:: This is a great starter piece for anyone like me who needs an introduction into the issue of how we are going to feed our growing world population. It doesn't get super detailed, but it was enough to pique my interest and make me want to dig deeper; perhaps it'll do the same for you. (If that's the case, check out this rebuttal piece as well.)

:: Also on the subject of food, here is a piece National Geographic did on food waste. I've started becoming mildly obsessed with this topic in the past couple of months, and now it seems to be popping up everywhere I look. The line that stuck out the most to me: "If global food waste were a country, it would be the third largest generator of greenhouse gases in the world behind China and the United States". That is ridiculous.

:: Okay, so if you've made it this far and read all of the above links, you, like myself, might be feeling pretty disheartened right now, because how the hell are you and I as individuals supposed to make a dent in these global problems? Read this, and maybe you'll feel a bit better. 

:: My friend Shannon wrote a wonderful blog post about her thoughts on marriage, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She is one of my favorite bloggers out there right now; her writing is so authentic and full of compassion and wonder. 

:: These photos of the San Francisco salt ponds, which I didn't even know were a thing until this week, are absolutely breathtaking - do yourself a favor and read the captions as well. This topic falls squarely into the category of Things I Don't Know I Don't Know, which is one of my favorite categories. 

:: A list of thoughts on reading, which was very timely for me as I try (and try and try and try) to spend less time on my computer and more time with my nose buried in a book like I used to when I was younger. 

:: I just made this spiced bourbon apple pie last night, and it was out of this world delicious (it's the first pie I've ever baked and I had no idea what I was doing, so I take zero credit for how well it turned out - beginner's luck. =]). The recipe was easy to follow and the bourbon gave the whole pie this delicious caramel-y flavor. And then we paired it with vanilla ice cream, and...yeah. I'm drooling. I highly recommend it. 

:: Lastly, Beyoncé. This song has been my workout buddy for several weeks now. So good: