Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!
When Political Parties Splinters // FiveThirtyEight
As Republican Party leaders split between the #NeverTrumps and those who say they will support Donald Trump — or even offer him their endorsement — the emerging conventional wisdom is that the GOP is on the verge of a significant divide.
None of us can deny that this currently election cycle has felt more and more like a mockery and a circus. The Republican party may or may not be at a crossroads and the entire country is holding their breath and waiting to see how it will all come out in the end.
Trump, Evangelicals, and the Road Ahead // David F. Watson
The curious phenomenon of Donald Trump’s candidacy makes it clear that Christians are now at a point where we are going to have to make a choice. Who will we follow?
As an Atheist, I watch the Evangelicals very closely during election season. No one can deny their voting power and their choices affect us all. Who will they choose?
I Changed My Mind // My Friday Blog
For many months now, I have strongly supported Bernie Sanders while being pretty certain he would not win the Democratic nomination. And while that hasn’t changed, something else has.
What no one is acknowledging is that while the Republicans are going through the change there may be a split happening in the Democratic Party too.
U.S. Government and Politics // Crash Course
This course will provide you with an overview of how the government of the United States is supposed to function, and we’ll get into how it actually does function. The two aren’t always the same thing.
Pretty soon it will be time for all of us here in America to start thinking seriously about the direction we want this country going in for the next four years.If you are one of those people who could use a bit of a refresher on how the government works, I give you this Crash Course playlist.
Anatomy of a Divorce // Atlanta Magazine
Divorce has many witnesses, many victims.
There was a time when I felt like my own relationship was falling apart and I felt a lot of the pain described in this account. I almost cried reading it and remembering that horrible time. It truly felt like a part of my body was being slowly cut off, like someone was taking days to remove my right arm, and then my heart. The pain was almost unbearable and I am grateful that we were able to work through that hard time and keep our relationship intact.
Waiting for Likes Club // HearsEverywhere
It’s a popularity contest in this world; it starts in grade school and it continues on to The Internet.
Likes, whether from WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, are hard to come by and can be devastating when they are lacking. Us blogging and creative types often measure ourselves and our work in likes received and not received and, in turn, make future decisions based on them. So, when someone tells me likes don’t matter I cannot help but think they have no idea what they are talking about because for anyone who is trying to do something worth anything in this world, likes matter very much, whether you think they should or not.
Things We Were Not Told Early Enough // Rising Phoenix Review
1. There is a lion in the throat of every girl
put there by her mother
the day she is born.
A beautiful list of lessons on being a woman.
‘Eating an Oyster Is Like Kissing the Sea on the Lips’ // National Geographic
Meet sixth-generation oyster farmer Joël Dupuch, who works in Arcachon on the southwestern coast of France. In this short from production company Panthalassa, experience a typical day as he lives out the words of French poet Léon-Paul Fargue, who wrote about eating the highly coveted mollusk.
I LOVE OYSTERS! Yeah, they look weird and the texture takes getting used to but there is something so pure in the taste and you really do feel like you have just consumed a little piece of the spirit of the ocean. I dream of living somewhere along a coast where these little delicacies will be readily available whenever the mood should strike me.
Every week, I send and receive letters that travel to places I’ve never been–and they end up in the hands of people I’ve never met.
I have long wanted to have a penpal or two to send letters, drawing, and other little things too. I had forgotten all about it since I have been focusing so much of my energy here but this post reminded me. How amazing would it be to come home from a long day of work to a mailbox full of such beautiful creations?
Sarah Kay reads “The Paradox” // Brain Pickings
When I am inside writing,
all I can think about is how I should be outside living.
When I am outside living,
all I can do is notice all there is to write about.
This really hit home! I always think there is something else I ought to be doing and that means I am not enjoying where I am. It is important, as a writer and creative type, that you get away from creating all the time and live life so that you will have more to write about I am only just now learning this.
And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something on the internet made you think or feel strongly? If so, drop a link in the comments :)