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.

***

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?

BKLc3r2jYaj.jpg
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 :)

***

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

If you like this post, consider signing up for my newsletter. Every week you’ll get this list straight to your inbox, plus a bit of experimental writing from me ♥

Original image via Unsplash

Advertisements

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

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.

***

I love all things Vice and after this interview with their magazine’s editor-in-chief I’m totally signing up for a subscription.

I have a hard time letting go when someone behaves in a way I find to be “rude.” Maybe I am expecting too much?

If you haven’t binge watched Netflix’s amazing new series Stranger Things, stop reading and go now. Trust me!

Odds and ends of writing combined to form a beautiful and uniquely written story.

Loving someone with depression and anxiety can be hard. I am grateful I have found that love.

Words can hurt so, so much. Please be careful how you wield them.

Death is not something that I have felt close to me. I fear death. Those two things might be related.

There are some kinds of pain I cannot even fathom.

There are some kinds of pain white people cannot fathomBonus: So I guess no one killed Freddie Gray.

I am a tortoise.

 

petey-ulatan-cubic-landscapes-digital-art-designboom-02
“Drawing from popular movies like ‘inception’ and ‘interstellar’ — surreal films where the laws of physics are turned on their head — ulatan creates cubic landscapes that ‘flatten’ views of natural and urban panoramas.”

 

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 :)

***

If you like this post, consider signing up for my newsletter. You’ll get this list, plus a bit of experimental writing from me—something more emotional, more private—all made with lots of love, every week ♥

Original image via Pixabay

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.

***

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.

tumblr_nn5ryw1j8t1qdd2yto1_500
Matt Blease via This Isn’t Happiness

***

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.

If you would like to receive this list in your inbox (plus some extras), you can visit my newsletter sign up page and enter your email :)

Featured image via Pexels

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. Every Saturday I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

***

One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking things I’ve read in a long time. A 12-page-letter written and read out loud from the Stanford Rape Survivor to her attacker, Brock Tuner. After you read that, check out Vice President Joe Biden’s response. It was a beautiful thing too :)

I would link to the letters written by his father and friend, but they are awful so, no. Instead here is a letter, written by me, to them, about what they should have said.

By the way, teaching your kids not to grow up to be a Brock Turner isn’t as complicated as you might think.

When a woman becomes nothing more than a man’s muse, it is the same as saying she is just a tool for him. A thing to help him, not a person, an equal, that he loves.

Well, it seems the Democratic Presidential nomination process has come to an end. I had hoped Sanders would win but, regardless of what some Sanders supports think, he has lost. So, #GirlIGuessImWithHer,

No mother has been perfect; we can’t help but love them anyway. I am reminded of the quote: “cruel mothers are still mothers. they make us wars. they make us revolution. they teach us the truth. early. mothers are humans. who sometimes give birth to their pain. instead of children. – hate” by Nayyirah Waheedsalt.

If you feel depressed, if you feel sad, hopeless, or unimportant, remember that your mind may be lying to you. Don’t listen to it!

If you’ve been watching Game of Thrones this season, and you are a big nerd like me, you may have been wondering how exactly a key story element actually works. There is finally a nerdy answer for you.

Just because people hate you for being skinny does not mean you are being “shamed.” It might be hard to hear, but it is true. I had to learn too.

The world is losing it’s “third places“. We might replace them with fast food restaurants, which we have plenty of.

Dan Savage doing what Dan Savage does, talking extensively about gay stuff and sex stuff.

***

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. If you would like to receive this list in your inbox (plus some extras) you can visit my newsletter sign up page and enter your email. Thanks in advance!

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. Every Saturday I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

***

The boxing legend Muhammad Ali, has passed away at the age of 74. He was fearless, he was iconic, he trash talked better than anyone, and he was the greatest of all time. He will be missed.

A video that endeavors to explains the most complicated and confusing question plaguing mankind. What even are you?

Whatever we are, we are definitely here. Remind yourself of it, but don’t make a big deal about it.

Every woman, at some point or another, has been made to feel like nothing more than a sex object. It’s time we all start telling our stories.

Childbearing and rearing are deeply personal issues and decisions. Show respect when questioning a people about their choices. Better yet don’t question anyone at all.

If an animal decides to take up residence in your soul, it isn’t your fault. Seek veterinary care.

Deaf people are not all that different from the hearing. They only need us to take a little time to understand them and their needs. You can start by simply saying hello.

1 in 8 children will be devastated by missing the school bus. Are you, or your child, among them?

The kind of people who support laws asking it okay for people to discriminate and call it “Religious Freedom” are forgetting what their religion is all about.

Hello, my name is Lisa, and I am a bookaholic too.

The delicious history of Pho. Oh, and some instant noodles too :)

And one from me: We need to accept that slavery is a horrific part of our past and a very real part of who we are in the present.

***

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. If you would like to receive this list in your inbox (plus some extras) you can visit my newsletter sign up page and enter your email. Thanks in advance!

The Weeks 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. Every Saturday I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

***

A short, simple, but incredibly adorable  animation that felt emotional even if I’m not entirely sure what it was about.

So many people have been through so many terrible things. Sometimes you survive it. You get better and you build a life, but sometimes you are still pissed, and that’s okay.

My very favorite Twitter account, @LosFelizDaycare, a fake account for a fake daycare and a hilarious take on modern parenting. Comedic gold!

It’s a beautiful thing to be in love, especially when you get the hang of being two people who live a world of their own inside of and apart from the  greater world with everyone else.

They have found the most drug-resistant bacteria here in the US. The CDC is basically saying the end times are coming.

Thanks to social media and bloggers willing to share their stories we are all learning more about mental illness than ever before, but we still have a long way to go.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky reminds us that pessimism is part of being human, that we may not be satisfied with that perfect peaceful liberal paradise we dream of, and that we may not know ourselves as well as we think.

Early mornings have their charm, but for some people, true love is only found in the dark and lovely hours of the night.

A poem that wonders why is one way better than another? And how do we begin to make sense of it?

We all knew Star Wars: The Force Awakens was nothing but a remix of older movies and here is the proof. We still love it, though :)

***

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!

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

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.

***

#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 :)

***

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.

***

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….

***

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.

***

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.

***

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 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!

*************

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.

*************

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?

*************

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 :)

 

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!

*************

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.

*************

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.

*************

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.

how-to-read-more-600x800

*************

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.

*************

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.

*************

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.

frank-and-claire-underwood

*************

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.

*************

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.

*************

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.

*************

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.

*************

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!

************

The Best & Worst Moments of the Texas GOP Debate // ReasonTV

The stage was set for an epic rhetorical bloodbath. Could the Cruz missile sink the unsinkable Trumptanic? Or was the GOP establishment able to Marco its territory?

If you have been following along with the election so far you already know that it is quickly becoming a helluva circus. This was, in my opinion, embarrassingly clear this past Thursday during the 10th Republican debate. You can watch the entire shit-show here or check out some of the highlights below. I cannot believe this is the best the GOP has to offer.

*************

This Week in War // The Political Notebook

A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism.

Here in America, we don’t always hear much about what is going on outside of our own borders. I admit I had little idea of the amount of war happening all over the world at any given time. There is a lot! Luckily I for the Tumblog The Political Notebook and every week I get a round-up of it all. Yeah, it’s a bit depressing, but at least I am more informed now.

*************

Dear Other Dude at the Playground… // Daddy Coping in Style

Like you, I just want my kids to be happy. And while I worry that wearing princess dresses might one day bring tears of betrayal for my son, right now, he loooooves to do so.

A father took his son to the playground wearing a pink dress. A father supported his son in his desire to wear a pink dress in public. The world is definitely changing and it’s a beautiful thing!

*************

34 Reasons to Stop Writing Forever // Juggling Writer

I am now 34 years old. To date, I have zero bestsellers to my name. Clearly it’s time to give up writing forever.

Oh God, some of these really hit home :/

*************

Bompton with Kendrick Lamar // Viceland

Kendrick and the Piru gang members he grew up with give a candid portrait of life in Compton, helping show a deeper side to a group that society has written off.

I love Kendrick Lamar and I love all things Vice. The two came together in this documentary showing the tragedy, the genius, and the hope that can be found in some of the most dangerous streets in this country

*************

Review: Memoirs of a Geisha // Victim to Charm

Chiyo grew up in rural Japan, surrounded by family and nature, but one day she is suddenly thrust into the life of a geisha-in-training.

I always thought Memoirs of a Geisha was an amazing film. I never got around to reading the book though. Like the reviewer above I am a little nervous to read the story of a Japanese woman written by a white man but maybe I should give it a try?

*************

Stop the Feels // The Mamabear Chronicles

The reason why I spoke up in the first place was because I saw something being poked fun at that shouldn’t be and I felt the need to maybe put a little data there to help people understand that more often than not, we don’t actually cause our own disease and to remind them that we’re human and have feelings…whether they like it or not.

For as long as people have been making jokes upon this Earth there have been people for whom those jokes are not at all funny. It used to be that off-color and offensive jokes were told in private, between like-minded people. Now those jokes are told in front of the whole world over the internet. Laughs are had, but feelings are hurt. Who is right and who is wrong?

*************

FEATURED VOICES: The First 7 Day // Neutrois Nonsense

I breathe into my chest, which still holds gently two docile mounds of mammary tissue and fat. I imagine what my life post-knife feels like. I calmly anticipate and accept the pain and constriction that only time (and a good surgeon) will afford this chest.

The ability to match a person’s outward appearance to match their inward view of who they are is a major miracle of science, but there is a psychological component too.

*************

The School of Life talks to Headspace // Radio Headspace

This week on Radio Headspace, we’ll be breaking the episode into three parts, and I’ll be speaking to three authors who have written books for an exclusive series commissioned by The School of Life. Each book in the series explores a particular aspect of living healthier and happier daily lives. I’ll be talking to the authors of ‘How to Make a Home’ (Edward Hollis), ‘How to be Bored’ (Eva Hoffman) and ‘How to Live in the City’ (Hugo Macdonald).

I love Headspace and I love, love, love the School of Life. The two have come together to produce three podcast episodes and, naturally, I think it’s the coolest thing ever.

*************

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 :)