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

Hello friends and welcome to the weekend. I’m a little late, as usual, but if you’re still looking for some interesting reads to check out while you relax, look no further, I got you covered. Here are the things I found important, inspiring, and interesting enough to share this week:

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Wildflower Bloom Carpets Southern California in Vivid Color

So disrespectful and utterly embarrassing.

Trump’s budget is both heartless and pointless.

Is America great again, yet?

Resistance made easy.

Six years war.

The best we could do.

The largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war. We have to help.

Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal died this week. Read her viral essay and her books.

Missing Richard Simmons” makes me uncomfortable.

Safe, inclusive, conversational.

I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s in years, but I almost ran out for a Big Mac and Shamrock shake this week :)

What do you think? Have you read, watched, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something on the internet made you feel strongly? If so, drop a link in the comments, we’d love to check it out!

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

Hello friends and welcome to the weekend. I’m a little late, but if you’re still looking for some interesting reads to check out while you relax, look no further, I got you covered. Here are the things I found important, inspiring, and interesting enough to share this week:

Day without a woman
Day Without a Woman

Support diverse stories.

Because diversity isn’t easy.

Is America great again yet?

Trumpcare

You may want to marry her husband.

In conversation

Biology > Ideology

Extreme vetting is already a thing

It’s not a fucking debate!

“In moonlight, black boys look blue”

Life sucks

Daylight savings is stupid.

Super cute printable self-care checklist :)  // @Aloebud

What do you think? Have you read, watched, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something on the internet made you feel strongly? If so, drop a link in the comments, we’d love to check it out :)

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The Week’s End // A Round-up of Important 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’s what’s been going on in the world, and on the internet, this week.

Trump Syllabus 2.0

Our President-elect and his white nationalists, neo-Nazi supporters.

The fight against HIV/AIDS is far from over.

A constitutional right to literacy.

Standing Rock is not just about land, or water, or the right to protest. It’s about people.

Find news you can trust and consume it greedily.

No one really wants to be nice.

“Somebody shoulda told me it would be like this, be like this, be like this.”

A bit of surprising flash fiction.

Nudes

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tenderqueerthings #52, Mar Pascual. 2016

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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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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Trump supports are hilarious….and terrifying. Bonus: The GOP is scrambling right now.

He was describing sexual assault.

“It made no sense. Of course, nothing was making sense the longer he was dead.”

Nicotine is a helluva drug.

Solange’s new album is everything. Bonus: Now playing, on repeat.

“You need to be affected by these deaths.”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Horror movies for anxiety?

It’s never too late to get back to basics.

Maybe the humans win, but perhaps they lose something of greater importance.”

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*I make my own! // Mandy Steward

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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This list was sent out along with today’s newsletter Apologize to yourself. // Zen and Pi no. 15. Please, check it out and subscribe :)

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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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An Open Letter To Amanda Lauren From Someone ‘Beyond Help’ // Let’s Queer Things Up!

Let’s look at the facts: You celebrated the death of a mentally ill person. In doing so, you told people everywhere, “Some people with mental illness are better off dead.”

If you haven’t read the ugly xoJane piece that has the internet, ad myself, seething with rage you can still find it on the Wayback Machine. If you visit the old URL xoJane has replaced the original article with an apology that feels just as offensive.

Bonus: You can read the original author’s backpedaling for yourself on Gawker if you want to ruin your whole weekend.

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50 Things That Actually Happen When You Live Together // Her Track

People seem to write and talk about living together in one of two ways. They either go deep into the terrifying repercussions of making this decision, or they make it sound entirely too good to be true.

I am a believer that no relationship can be judged to be viable through thick and thin until the two parties have lived together. I don’t mean that you can’t love someone you don’t live with, only that you cannot know the limits of your love until you do.

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A List Of Things In Literature, Music and Art That Are Actually Metaphors For Women // The Belle Jar

Did you know that sometimes when it seems like men are writing or talking or singing about something, often it is actually about a lady?

So yeah, men are always be writing about a woman, women they love and women they hate. Sometimes those feelings can come together in the same damn woman.

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The Silence of the Lambs – Who Wins the Scene? // Every Frame a Painting

In drama, two characters walk into a room. Each wants something from the other. The question of the scene is: who gets what they want?

There’s o doubt that the Silence of the Lambs is an amazing film. Little insights like this make it all the more interesting to me. Might have to watch it again this weekend

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Flash fiction: Waiting Room // Clair Fuller

In the autumn of 1968 Cara Adamo alighted from the 15.47 at Napoli station.

This short piece was very inspiring and I feel it may have lit a little spark in me. Made me want to write more fiction of my own again.

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The Dark Tower May Have Found A Clever Way To Protect Itself From Nitpicking Nerds // Birth.Death.Movies

If you’re not a hardcore Dark Tower nerd, this image probably isn’t setting your world on fire.

I love, love, love the Stephen King series The Dark Tower and when I heard a movie was in the works I just about pissed myself with joy and excitement. This tweet just about killed me.

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lies i tell (400) // tuckedintoacorner

sorry. sorry, darlings, that i’m not the woman you want me to be.

Sorry, not sorry.

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“My Mother is an Alcoholic” Club – Part 1 // HeartsEverywhere

I miss my mother; it was a strange feeling to have her back for a few hours only to know I’ll lose her to the bottle again.

Such a beautiful and heart-wrenching piece. My father is an alcoholic (many years sober ow) and while every child of an alcoholic has their own story. There are always the same similarities. A pain that links us all.

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Who Am I? // School of Life

What is it that makes us most distinctively ourselves? Our bodies, our memories, our values…? Take a tour through the philosophy of personal identity.

You know you are you but do you know what makes you and what doesn’t? What if you lost some part of you, who would you be then? Which parts would you be willing to give up?

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DIY Califia Hanging Planter // Califia Farms

Get ready for the indoor herb garden of your dreams.

I thought I’d share a weekend project me and my girlfriend are tackling. We do drink Califia Farms beverages but obviously you could do this with any type of plastic bottle. It’s another way to reduce waste and grow my own herbs I the house.

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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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Donald Trump’s message is violent to its core // Vox

Violence is scary. But violence as a political ideology is terrifying.

 I don’t know how things got this far. I don’t know why this man has gathered the following he has when we can all see that he will make this country one of hatred, violence, and exclusion. Since when has that been anything like what America was about?

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Free Bleeding: NYC Public Schools to Give Out Pads and Tampons to Students // Broadly

By the end of March, 25 New York City public schools will give students access to free pads and tampons. According to public health advocates, this is both essential and long overdue.

This makes absolute sense and I can’t believe it has taken us this long to consider the idea. I hope this program is extended to every school district all over the country. We offer free breakfast and lunch programs, why not this?

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Everyone’s clock runs out…eventually. // Rethinking Life

I think we’re a lot like watches…we have delicate parts that need to work together, if we are to run properly. If one part wears out, we don’t keep proper time.

Death has been on my mind lately. More than lately, it’s been a major source of anxiety for me since I was about 5 or six years old. I am working on accepting that death is an inevitable part of everyone’s life. I want to accept it so I can live!

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#56 – On Death and Life // Radio Headspace

It seems like the more we’ve started to acknowledge ideas around mindfulness, presence, living day to day, the more we’ve had to acknowledge our mortality, and dying, and how death affects the way we live our lives.

I was surprised that this podcast, instead of causing anxiety, helped relieve it. It sparked some ideas and gave me some sources I could pursue to find peace with the inevitable.

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Day 30: A Month After Rehab // PLOTLESSONE.COM

Once upon a time in a memory so fucking close…

Intense, urgent, heartbreaking, and a reality for many people who are dealing with addiction. Beautifully written.

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as the moon is an
extension of the sun, we
orbit even more

Two people, orbiting, rubbing, and reflecting one another.

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There’s Still Oil on This Beach 26 Years After the Exxon Valdez Spill (Part 3) // National Geographic

By day, a secluded bay in Prince William Sound is the site of spawning salmon destined for supermarkets. But when the tide goes out and the beach is exposed, evidence of oil can be found, 26 years after the Exxon Valdez spill. Final segment of a three-part investigation.

I swear I love the human race but goddamn am I disappointed in us.  Not only for all the damage we cause but that we so quickly put on the blinders and forget what we have done. We should be talking about this all the time. We should have been for the last 26 years.

P.S. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 too.

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Weekly Walk 24 // Imperfect Happiness

It was 60°F when we left the house, and the clouds were amazing.

Tomorrow marks the first day of spring and I am thinking that on the weekends me, my lady, and maybe the dog if she can be good, and take some walks through the city and the parks nearby. Basically, I am considering stealing this wonderful idea for my blog.

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Ode to Barbie Now by S.J. Dunning // Sundog Lit

You squat in attics of deadbeat dads whose daughters circled you in catalogs we’d later find in a flood that ruined almost everything.

Daughters and their Barbies and the world we grew up into that was nothing like her mansions, cars, and perfectly sculpted men.

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This Lisa Frank Tarot Deck Will Bring Out Your Inner Fifth-Grade Mystic // Huffington Post

Hart brought back all of your favorite childhood Lisa Frank characters — the flirty puppies, the showbiz bear, the coy cheetah — to help read your energies and determine your fate. 

Lisa Frank will always have a special place in my heart. I remember sifting through folders, notebooks, trapper keepers, and pencils, trying to find the colorful characters I liked best, the panda, the lions, and the puppies. Those schools supplies were true works of art and brightened the grim realization that summer was over and we were heading back to school. Kids these days will never know.

I will be printing these cards.

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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 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 :)