The Week’s End // A Roundup of Interesting Reads

Hello, friends! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you relax, look no further, I got you covered. Here are some things I found important, inspiring, and interesting enough to share:

Believe.

Segregation never stopped.

Use what you have.

Promises or Lies?

More lies.

It’s never 9 to 5.

Obama.

A reading list.

Entering white spaces.

Let the men twirl.

Aaliyah + Rihanna

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Subtle Ceiling

 

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The Week’s End // A Round-up of Important Reads

Happy Saturday friends! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, here is the best of the web this week, according to me.

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Actually, that’s just what taking the office of President seriously looks like.”

Clinton and Trump are doing damage control, but mostly Trump.

Listen to a different perspective, regularly.

Apple is dragging your ass into the future.

Life is pain, but it’s okay, though!

A “Fuck That” list is just what we need!

Love makes you fat :)

Love makes you dumb :)

Seriously, read more books!

I know who the Brontë sisters are but, like, who are the Brontë sisters?

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Sarah Anderson Comics

 

And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, 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 :)

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P.S. I apologize for my lateness, again. 

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The Zen and Pi Weekly Reading Round-up

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, here is the best of the web this week, according to me.

This week’s list is in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille at the hands of police officers and the police officers who were killed in the line of duty this week in Dallas.

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What happened in Dallas this week had nothing to do with protesting and Black Lives Matter.

For Alton. For Philando. For All.

Does the NRA think guns are only for White people?

We know what the problem is, but what can we do to help?

When something has never been a problem for you, it can be hard to believe other narratives. Try harder.

Recognize what your privilege is, and learn to become a real person.

This applies to light-skinned people of color as well. Recognize your privilege, and use it to help the cause.

Get out there and protest, hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

A black man moves to America and finds himself unprepared for dealing with day-to-day racism.

Ambiguous grammar in times of violence and racism.

As for me:

I celebrated the birthday of Frida Kahlo, an amazing artist and one of my heroes.

I wrote a poem about when I was dead.

And here’s what I think of the 4th of July holiday.

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Matt Blease via This Isn’t Happiness

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P.S. If you’ve been reading these every week you might notice I have made a few changes—the title and the featured image for instance. I figure that since this list is sent out first as a newsletter and then posted here, they both should match in style and tone. I’ll be playing around with presentation but every week I will still deliver a list of items I feel are worth your time. Thank you for reading.

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The Week’s End // A Few of My Favorite Internet Things

 

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!

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Eight Stories About #HB2 and Its Ramifications on the Transgender Community // Longreads

I have tried to put together this reading list on the passage of House Bill 2 in North Carolina from a dozen different angles, and all I can come up with is this past week was awful on every conceivable level.

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 is pretty awful. It bars individuals from using the bathroom that aligns with the gender they identify with and instead forces them to use a bathroom for their assigned gender. It forces people into place the do not feel comfortable or particularly safe for no good reason. People really suck sometimes.

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Why we should teach meditation in prison // The Orange Dot

Yoga and meditation are continuously proven among the most effective therapies for those living with complex residual trauma, and prisons are home to what may be the most concentrated population of individuals plagued by trauma.

Mediation has proven physical and mental health benefits and I can’t think of any group of people that could use those specific benefits more than the prison population. This is an idea we should all support.

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Pickle // Trent Lewin

Anne wasn’t hit by a bus. She was standing still, staring at a painting she didn’t give a shit about, when her eyes glazed and she dropped her purse.

A sad story beautifully told. I hope to be able to write like this one day.

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Choking to Death in Detroit // Newsweek

Just over a year ago, she moved into a little modular home on a quiet street in River Rouge, Michigan, a tiny city of 7,000 that kisses the southern edge of Detroit. Now she’s awakened in the morning, three days a week, at least, and sometimes seven, by an asthma attack. She gasps, desperately sipping the air but inhaling little or none. 

When you love someone with asthma you worry constantly about what is in the air. I don’t know what I would do if my girlfriend and I had to move to or lived in a place that made breathing even harder for her. I feel for these people.

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You Need to Know Her Name // A Thomas Point of View

You need to know this woman’s name. Her name is Lisa and she is phenomenal.

Ok, this one is mine. I was picked to do an interview by Tikeetha of A Thomas Point of View. It was the first time I had done something like it and it really made me think. It was truly inspiring.

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#PowerpuffYourself // Cartoon Network

Join the super squad!

Ok, I loved this show and I am super excited to hear they are bringing it back. Not only that by they blessed up with the ability for each of us to become a citizen of Townsville. What is particularly awesome about this is that it feels so inclusive. There is no picking a gender and all options are available at once. All the cool kids are doing it :)

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Server’s Facebook Post Tells the Scary Truth About the Restaurant Business // GOOD

This. This is the reason I work so much. This is why I cry in the shower. I STRUGGLE to put clothes on my daughter’s back and food in our bellies because of THIS. You, are the lowest of the low.

In this world we are taught that a waiter or waitress must go way above and beyond to “earn their tip”, that is crap. These people work hard and often any complaint you have is either not their fault or you having too high expectations. Don’t be and asshole, tip well. Okay? Okay.

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things we chase and things // y

we do not chase – wind up
being…

I always love Y’s words but every once in awhile they remind me of other words too. This one reminded me of a thing I read once about not flirting being a kind of flirting. For the life of me, I can’t remember where I read it….

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If we were having coffee… // The Daily Post

Get personal and make deep connections with other bloggers with the #weekendcoffeeshare community.

If you have been following me for awhile you know that if can’t post anything else during the week I make sure to post a chatty coffee post every Sunday no matter how late I have to write it. I do this because it feels like a way to really talk to you all. It feels the way blogging should feel. I encourage you all to join and check out all the other posts in the link-up too.

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Adam Grant: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers // TED

“The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”

Now this is inspiring! It is incredibly freeing to realize that there isn’t a whole lot that separates ordinary old you from the successful people. All we have to do is keep trying and we could have our chance too.

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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 :)

The Week’s End // A Few of My Favorite Internet Things

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!

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The Media Is Lying // My Friday Blog

There is only one progressive running in the two major parties. It is Bernie Sanders.

Just as there has been a fracturing in the Republican party, so has there been in the Democratic too. Sanders is the candidate many of us had been hoping for for a very long time, and Clinton is the same kind of candidate we have always had. Better than the GOP but not nearly good enough. I had hoped Sanders would be doing better by now but I am proud of how far he has come.

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Insulting New Abortion Law Forces Women to Pay for Fetus Funerals // Broadly

On Thursday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed one of the most vicious anti-abortion bills in the country into law.

This is just sickening. Because Conservatives cannot ban abortion outright they have decided instead to go about making the lives of women in tough situations tougher still. I feel for these women. I feel for all women living in primarily conservative states. They are not protected.

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Indian widows colorfully break a 400-year-old taboo to celebrate the festival of Holi // Quartz

Orthodox Hinduism demands that women renounce earthly pleasures after the death of their husbands and live out their days in worship. These women often are ostracised by the society and considered cursed.

Beautiful images of women being joyful, even when their religion and communities tell them they shouldn’t. Bravo ladies!

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Twitter May Have Just Doomed Humanity by Trolling an Artificial Intelligence Bot // Vice News

Some bright bulb at Microsoft Research had the clever idea of turning a machine learning program loose on Twitter yesterday to learn how humans interact with each other. Humans, predictably, interacted terribly.

I can’t help but find this story incredibly amusing. How could they not think the internet wasn’t going to find a way to corrupt this “teenage girl”. Haha!

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Snailing Up the Mountain. // beyondtheflow

O snail
Climb Mount Fuji,
But slowly, slowly!

-Issa

I have always thought Haiku was a fascinating poetry form, so simple and so profound. I had never read this one before and like the author of the above post I do feel like it speaks directly to me. I always tell my girlfriend that some days (most days) I feel like I am swimming upstream, but maybe it is more like a sail climbing Mount Fuji?

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Welcome to the Trap: Compton’s Finger-Licking Good Home Kitchen // Great Big Story

What do you get when you combine former gang members, professional culinary training, fresh ingredients and a dedication to their neighborhood?

I first heard of the Trap Kitchen in a Noisey video on the neighborhood Kendrick Lamar grew up in. A catering business being run out of one of South Central, LA. This is the type of thing that cleans up neighborhoods and gives people hope.

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On Keeping a Diary, and Why I Write // Musings of a Mad Misanthrope

My diary is the keeper of secrets, like a close friend, or an extension of myself that I tell my darkest thoughts to.

I try to write in my little journal every day but I don’t always. I have noticed that when I do my mind seems to work in a different way from I am typing and I have to keep a separate notebook handy because ideas start to spring from nowhere while I write. Something about using your hands to write stimulates a part of your mind that a keyboard just can’t. Give it a try yourself.

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3 reasons why you should show your work // Austin Kleon

A few weeks ago I gave my friend Chase Jarvis 3 reasons why all workers — not just “creatives”! — should be showing their work

I think everyone should check out Austin Kleon’s books, I know they have been a major inspiration for me. Blogging is one way of showing your work, I am also working on having some artwork to show. As soon as I do you all will be the firsts to know.

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Fuck I Look Like! // Kai Davis

I think it’s my vernacular,
How I got half the consonants and twice the apostrophes
So my philosophy can’t be valid.

This is an old poem by Kai Davis but it is new to me. I saw it come down my Facebook feed and I have probably watched it 10 times since. I have been told my whole life that I “talk white” and it has always bothered me that it was said in a negative tone. I also hate the idea that if I didn’t I would be considered less intelligent. The way we talk is about culture and community, not about how smart we are or how much respect we deserve.

You can see some of Davis’ more recent performances on her website kaidavispoetry.com.

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To Anyone Who’s Ever Shamed a Teenager For Being ‘Attention Seeking’ // Let’s Queer Things Up!

In a society which does not openly discuss mental health, it should come as no surprise that a fourteen-year-old kid didn’t know what to do when he was suicidal.

When I was a teenager I did a lot of bad things that many people considered attention seeking or stupid. I have told many people since then that if one person and asked me what was wrong and what I needed it ight have changed everything. Instead people got frustrated and yelled and tried to pawn me off. Now I try to get other adults to rememeber what it was like for them as teenagers and what they needed more than anything and never got.

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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 :)

P.S. Sorry I am so late posting this week’s round-up. Not feeling too good today so it took me longer than ususal. Hope you don’t mind :/

The Week’s End // A Round Up of My Favorite Things Across the Web

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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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What’s In My Mailbox? | Things Dangerous To Come To // SARRtrek

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?

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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.

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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 :)

 

The Week’s End // All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

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!

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Trump Supporters Aren’t Stupid // Emma Lindsay

America incentivizes racism in working class white people, and if we fail to understand this, we will fail to fix it.

I think we can all agree this election has become quite the circus. Anger is being felt on all sides and if you have seen any of the last few Republican debates you have seen the mud slinging getting out of hand. While I may not agree with the people who are voting differently from us, and while we may find their words and their actions deplorable at times, if we wish to be our opponents, and maybe even bring them over to our side, we have to start really trying to understand them.

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Presidential Penis Politics: A Micro-History // Notches

Donald J. Trump’s penis, size unknown, has reared its head as a political issue.

Speaking of the mud-slinging, if you saw the last Republican debate you might have caught the moment when penis size entered the conversation. The secondhand embarrassment and humiliation was almost unbearable.

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How to Read More // Austin Kleon

Yesterday everybody was tweeting about #WorldBookDay, so I updated my list of tips for how to read more. Here’s a printer-friendly PDF file for your office, classroom, etc. Send me a picture if you decide to hang it!

Sometimes we need a little motivation and encouragement to read books the way we should. Austin Kleon, when not motivating people to become the best creatives they can be, is teaching people to become great readers too. Check out the poster he made and hang it up wherever you feel most comfortable doing your reading.

Bonus: Check out his list of 33 Thoughts on Reading and if you have trouble putting down your phone to make time for books I recommend his lock screen wallpaper Read a Book Instead to remind you.

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Pride, Prejudice & Zombies and The Benefits of FanFiction // Growing Up Millennial

Whilst these stories borrow characters and story lines many have original story lines, explore the characters in new ways and are well written and entertaining.

Speaking of reading I admit I have been quietly intrigued by the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I saw the book on a Barnes & Noble shelf maybe a year or two ago and I laughed it off, but I also wondered if it was a book that I might find interesting. I feel the same about the movie.

Maybe this will be another one of the books I tackle this year too.

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Trans Kids Not Necessarily Crazy // Gendermom

And as grateful as I am for this amazing study, I’m also kind of pissed off that it has to exist at all.

Trans kids aren’t crazy and it shouldn’t have taken a study for us to find that out. I’m glad times are a’changing and that people are recognizing trans and queer kids without hate and pity but God do we still have a long way to go.

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House of Cards // Netflix

There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.

// Frank Underwood

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are amazing together. They play the perfect Machiavellian duo, Frank and Claire Underwood, a political power couple. The lengths these two will go to get what they want will keep you glued to your seat. Season 4 was just released so if you haven’t watched before now would be a good time to start binging.

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Why you’re not quitting Twitter // Idiot Joy Showland

You can’t quit Twitter: you, writer; you, comedian; you, journalist; you, early adopter; you, self-confessed nerd and unapologetic brunch snob.

I love Twitter but I do not know how to use it right. I tweet, I retweet, and I lurk, but I am not good at engaging. Twitter moves too fast for me I think but that does not stop me from loving it anyway.

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A new normal that isn’t normal yet. // Another Chapter in the Book

“What the f*ck is wrong with me?” I cried as I laid in bed in excruciating pain at 4 in the morning. I wanted to call someone, anyone. The tears rolled down my face as my legs stiffened.

This was night number five.

When I was young my little sister was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We all got tested and my first test indicated high blood sugar levels and the doctors took more blood and did another test that would take a little longer. Turns out I was fine but in those moments between those two tests were some of the scariest in my life.

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On the Day I Die // John Pavlolvitz

On the die I day a lot will happen.

A lot will change.

The world will be busy.

I think about my own death every single day. I fret over it and I let it get to me until I feel nauseous with anxiety over all the things I have left to do, all the people I’ll be leaving behind, and how they will grieve over me. I am trying to remember that when I do die none of this will actually matter at all.

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How E.E. Cummings Writes A Poem // Nerdwriter

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)

I had never heard this poem all at once like that and I don’t know what it is but i was almost brought to tears by it. I think I will add a collection of his poems to my list of books to read this year.

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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 :)

The Week’s End // All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

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!

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Life at Zika Epicenter a Struggle For Afflicted Family // Associated Press Images

Around the fifth month of her pregnancy, Daniele Ferreira dos Santos fell ill with a high fever and angry red splotches on her skin.

There is currently an outbreak of the Zika virus happening globally. Zika is dangerous because it leads to some severe birth defects and autoimmune disorders. Babies born with the defect have abnormally small heads which can lead to behavioral delays, trouble walking, blindness, and who-knows-what-else, and there is no cure. This could be devastating globally, but it is already devastating for many families. of the ZIka virus:

Here’s a quick explanation of the ZIka virus courtesy of Vox:

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Everything You Missed From the First Head-to-Head Democratic Presidential Debate // Mic

Three days after the two candidates fought to a near-draw in the Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) faced off for their fifth debate on Thursday night on MSNBC.

In case you missed it, like I did, here are the most notable moments in the last Democratic debate. I was able to catch it on YouTube this morning and I thought it was very well done. It felt more like a conversation between the candidates rather than two hours of talking points. I honestly can’t tell who won.

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How To Make Something People Give A Shit About. // Jon Westenberg

You don’t want your dream to die in the chamber, because nobody read it, watched it, used it or listened to it.

I want to make something one day and my hope is that people will give a shit about it. I don’t want to be famous, I don’t want to be rich, I just want to do something that means something.

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Inside One Of The Best Defensive Matchups In Super Bowl History // FiveThirtyEight

During the 2015 regular season, the Broncos and Panthers allowed the NFL’s fewest and second-fewest yards per play, respectively, and finished 1-2 defensively in Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) ratings.

I have no idea what that statement means. What I do know is that I love the nerdiness of FiveThirtyEight’s political predictions and I am becoming increasingly interested in their sports analyses. I am not a football fan at all but I am a Coloradan and I was a little sad to see they predict a loss for our Broncos.

Bonus: If you are like me and want to find something to do besides watch football tomorrow, check out “10 Things To Do That Aren’t Watching the Super Bowl” from The Free People Blog.

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Phobic Football // Raising My Rainbow

Apparently flag football isn’t cool. You know what is cool? Spending $1,000+ a year and giving up all of your weekends to play Pop Warner and risk a traumatic injury.

It’s nice to hear people will stand up to coaches who say horrible things instead of believing it’s best to let the coach act like an ass to toughen the kids up.

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10 Things Tired People Understand // Hookup Culture 

Always tired. No matter what.

A post for people who consider napping a hobby and sleeping one of life greatest joys.

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Paw-anormal Activity: The Feral Cat in our Wall // projectophile

The only sound in the house was the kids’ open-mouthed breathing, their rhythmic snores like timid waves crashing on the shores of a public (but minimally-polluted) beach. And then….

A funny, interesting, and informative post about feral cats which I had no idea you could put to work in your yard to control the rodent population. I doubt something like this exists in my area but I wish it did. The squirrel population seems a little out of control.

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The Blogging Blues // Thirtysomething Belle

I’m currently lay here on my bed at 8.30pm on a Friday night tired, drained and pondering. I’m slowly finding myself caught up in things that I never even knew existed until last year. DA scores, page rankings, stats, plug ins, SEO and other technical joys that I don’t really understand nor want to be bogged down with.

I am starting to get a better handle on this blogging thing and I am learning that it can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. The trick is not to stress over the stats too much. You will get to where you need to be, just be patient and have fun.

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Beep … beep … beep … //  tychogirl

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Sputnik!

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Maria Popova on Finding Meaning // Radio Headspace

Brain Pickings was launched a decade ago, originally as an email to a group of seven friends, and now boasts seven million visitors every single month. In 2012, the site was added to the Library of Congress’ permanent web archive.

I have been a fan and follower of Brain Pickings for a very long time now. The site is a huge inspiration to me and Popova is one of my top blogging heroes. If you haven’t heard of her or her blog you are missing out big time my friend and I urge you to correct that mistake asap and immediately.

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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 :)

The Week’s End // All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

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!

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George Lucas compares Disney to ‘white slavers’ that bought his children // The Verge

All those Star Wars films … I loved them, I created them, I’m very intimately involved in them, and I sold them to the white slavers that take these things and uh, and … [laughs]

I think George Lucas is being a bit of a whiny bitch right now. I mean, what did he think was going to happen? If he loved his franchise so much he should have held on to it.

And obviously, the slavery comparison is highly offensive and incredibly stupid.

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Sneeze Count 2015 // Coolbeans4

Yes, sneezes. I’m serious.

This was so nerdy and so funny I had to share it with all of you. A bar chart of a whole year of sneezes! I love it lol

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How Donald Trump Answers A Question // Nerdwriter

One of the things I find fascinating about Donald Trump is the way he uses language differently than other candidates for political office, especially President of the United States.

Oh, how I loathe this man! But even in my loathing, and admitted fear that he will become our next president, I do find his rise fascinating. HE is a salesman for sure and he knows how to get people behind him. Maybe we should take a closer look at what he does nd how he does it.

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‘Chasing Tails’ and other poems by Layla Hehir // Poethead

Beware of the Hey Man,
he’s lurking in the street.
That hipster-hatted Hey Man,
the coolest guy you’ll meet.

These poems are just wonderful!

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The Problem of Shakespeare’s Sister: Virginia Woolf on Gender in Creative Culture // Brain Pickings

Any woman born with a great gift in the sixteenth century would certainly have gone crazed, shot herself, or ended her days in some lonely cottage outside the village, half witch, half wizard, feared and mocked at.

Imagine how far ahead society could be right now if women had been treated equally all along. It’s frustrating and heartbreaking to know that we have wasted so much time and so many lives because of such ignorance

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Two Years Sober // Ruby Brown

Because the second year is when I learned that not drinking isn’t the end of the battle. That I’m still sick.

Fighting addiction is a life long battle. Not everyone understands how hard it is and how much it hurts. All milestones should be celebrated and all struggles and sufferings voiced.

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Samaria Rice Releases Statement: ‘This Entire Process Was a Charade’ // GOOD Magazine

“As the video shows, Officer Loehmann shot my son in less than a second,” she wrote. “All I wanted was someone to be held accountable. But this entire process was a charade.”

Of all the senseless police shooting that of 12-year-old Tamir Rice hit me the hardest. I am shocked and saddened that no one is being held responsible, and my heart goes out to his mother and their community.

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Of Art and Pain // Of Opinions

Just because I choose to make something when I am miserable, it doesn’t make my misery a commodity.

I’m not sure if all art comes from pain, but I do think the best art does. I myself have struggled with feeling like I can’t create unless I am miserable, or that what I create in happiness is not as meaningful.

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When To Hug Someone: Life’s Greatest Mystery // You Monsters are People

1. What if it feels like we are about to kiss?”
2. “How aware should I be of how close our genitals are to each other?”
3. “Is smelling them okay?”

I hate hugs. I value my personal space very much and I do not like letting people who are practically strangers invade it. I have been this way my whole life and I fear I have lost the ability to hug a person without feeling totally awkward or like I am somehow doing it wrong.

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People You Should Ditch in 2016 // Hookup Culture

Any part of you that is old and dark and needs to change.

I think we all have people in our lives who are better left in 2015. Here is a good list to get you started :)

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Kendrick Lamar Confronts Demons, Temptation in ‘God Is Gangsta’ Short // Rolling Stone (NSFW)

Rapper delivers furious performance in clip that features ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ cuts “U” and “For Sale”

This is why I love Kendrick Lamar. He reminds us that hip-hop is an art, not a formula, and he uses it as a way to express his pain.

https://vimeo.com/150389574

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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 :)

 

The Week’s End // All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

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!

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Meet Harry Potter’s ‘Black Hermione’—and a Few Predictable Bigots // The Daily Beast

The announcement that a black actress was cast in the London stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was mostly celebrated. J.K. Rowling was ready for racist detractors.

Why do people flip out like this whenever a fictional character they love, who was, or was thought to be, white becomes some other race? Why do you care? How racist and hateful are you when you can’t even allow a fictional character to be black? By the way, Hermione’s skin color was never specified in the books.

P.S. Take a look at all black Harry Potter :)

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My wife is a lazy liar // SmithDeville

She acts as though teaching 24 kids, some with significant emotional problems, is more challenging than having a real job. Who does she think she’s kidding?

I might not be a teacher, but I do work for a school district and I work closely with the kids in a job that people think should be easy but turns out to be more time-consuming and emotionally draining than you can imagine.

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An Animated Lesson on Empathy – And Why It’s More Supportive Than Sympathy // Everyday Feminism

Sharing connection through empathy is essential for recognizing and addressing the suffering of marginalized groups. Next time you come across someone else’s experience with oppression, keep these lessons in mind, and you might be surprised by how helpful you can be.

Empathy is one of the greatest gifts one human can give to another. This video is an amazing explanation of how to give that gift.

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This is literally my first post in years // linʛuischtick

This is something that I’m sure a lot of people have noticed: there is a trend toward using the word “literally” in a sentence where the speaker is not actually being literal.

Language is a slippery thing and people have to learn to go with the flow. It’s easy to go around hating all these new words and usages, but you can’t stop it so you might as well learn to understand it.

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A Guide to Loving the Adult Child of an Addict // Good Men Project

I don’t trust you. I don’t trust anyone. I don’t even trust myself a lot of the time.

The actions of our parents have lasting, and sometimes lifelong, effects on us, especially when it comes to our relationships. It can be hard to love an adult child of an addict, but if you can find a way to make it work, it can be rewarding.

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Self-Care Tips For Folks Who Struggle With Codependency // Let’s Queer Things Up!

I’m not ashamed to say that codependency is something that I struggled with and, at times, still do.

Speaking of which, if you are the adult child of the addict remember that it is not always your partner’s job to make you feel better, you have to learn self-care strategies!

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What is Something // In a Nutshell

What is something? On the most fundamental level thinkable, what are things? Why are things? And why do things behave the way they do?

This video will blow…your…mind!

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50 Word Stories: The River // Richard Ankers

Living by a river fills one’s head with dreams.

I wish I lived by a river so my dreams could be carried away….

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Men Explain Lolita to Me // Lit Hub

It is a fact universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of an opinion must be in want of a correction.

Lolita is and always will be a controversial thing. Many people think they have to forget the plot to enjoy the book, or that to enjoy it is to condone the acts of the main character, but I disagree. The book is enjoyable because it is written well and in makes you think and feel so many different things.

I wonder though, what effect does this book have on the psyche of people who read it?

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Subconscious Sexism // THISIZAPEN

Keep challenging your own assumptions.

It important we make efforts to be constantly aware of where our own prejudices and biases lie and make changes accordingly.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens has largest global opening ever // The Verge

AND IT HASN’T EVEN DEBUTED IN CHINA YET

So in case you haven’t heard Star Wars: The Force Awakens has blown every other movie out of the water. Whether you liked it or hated it you have to admit that is pretty amazing.

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Yolk // Ruby Brown

The yolk from the white, I try to separate the logic from the feeling.

Intense, raw, and real. The yolk and the white, logic and feeling, it can be hard to separate the two, but maybe we don’t always have to. Both are useful in their own way.

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2015 in 4 Minutes // Vox

Protests in Baltimore, a migrant crisis in Europe, the first Triple Crown winner in three decades, and stunning shots of Pluto. 2015 was a year to remember.

An emotional  look back on the good and the bad of 2015.

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something made you think or feel strongly? If so, drop a link in the comments :)