Happy Weekend, 4.14.17


A sample of the Easter decorations scattered around my house….

Happy weekend, friends.

Hippity hop, Easter is on its way! Do you celebrate the holiday? My family does, and I love how Easter is the kick off to spring. It’s a time of new beginnings.

Despite the possibility that seems to come with the Easter season, this is a hard time. The US is dropping bombs in the Middle East, political partnerships between longtime allies are fraying, residents in Flint still don’t have clean water, environmental protections are being rolled back, new policies are being passed that take away access to women’s health services… I could go on. It’s scary. Overwhelming. Frustrating. So many of my friends have expressed a pervasive burden of stress and worry that they can’t shake no matter how many yoga classes they take. I don’t have the solution, but I do want to remind us all (me included) that there is strength in community and connection. Now, more than ever before, I urge us all to reach out, listen, and be there for one another.

Speaking of being there, I’ve compiled some of the writing I’ve found during my journey around the Internet this week for you here. I hope this selection sends you off to the weekend feeling inspired.

I love how this woman took it upon herself to turn a 138-year American tradition into a protest opportunity. And, if you’re thinking of trying to get some of these eggs (I tried), it’s too late; they are all gone.

– In case you’re scrambling for Easter basket ideas for the kids in your life, here are some ideas.

This story about a refugee camp in Niger reminds me that humanity is so far away from kindness, but that our resiliency can be profound.

– “Imagine a society without fathers; without marriage (or divorce); one in which nuclear families don’t exist. Grandmother sits at the head of the table; her sons and daughters live with her, along with the children of those daughters, following the maternal bloodline.”

– “I and mine are not lean-in women. Mine is a long and illustrious heritage of elegant survivalists and creative realists. We made our way without a road map, or even a road, as is the case for those of us who were, by virtue of race and class and gender, barred from the paths to success. We have dreams aplenty, some realized and some not, but the manifestation of our ambitions is not a given. It isn’t even a given that we will recognize our right to have them.”

– “Who was this woman who had slipped on the sheath of my identity, who had assumed my birthday, and even my middle name, I often wondered? How did she get it, and what did she want with it?

Do you know about National Parks 2050? 

– “Don’t turn your kid loose online and just hope for the best. Because the Dutch seem to have it all figured out. While Americans have the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world, they have among the lowest. The US teen birth rate? Eight times higher than theirs, and the US teen abortion rate is 1.7 times higher.”

– “Running may be the single most effective exercise to increase life expectancy, according to a new review and analysis of past research about exercise and premature death.”

Is the US one country—or 11? 

– “Don’t turn your kid loose online and just hope for the best.”

Meet a woman who cared for hundreds of people in the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

– “In 1850, there were 150 glaciers in Glacier National Park. Now there are 25. Within 15 years, scientists project, all the glaciers may have melted away.”

Wishing you a weekend of hidden treasures,