Friday Finds #11

Happy February!

This past weekend, I and two of my friends rented a cabin in the woods. It was intended as a writing retreat. I'm not quite sure how productive it was for writing, but conversation ... We killed it. One friend I've known for almost 20 years. She was in my delivery room, has shown up for my kiddo's birthday parties, and bore witness to my transition into singledom in my early 30's. The other friend I made at work a little over two years ago. It was the first time they had met and I was so happy to see the worlds collide with so many intelligent and open discussions. Can't wait for a repeat.

Then there was the super blue moon lunar eclipse. Did you see it? I rearranged my morning routine so I could step outdoors at 6:15am and watch the show. The weather was mild and my son even came out with me. I just stood there, with a deep sense of gratitude for the Universe and all the beauty it offers. Then I came inside, wrote a prayer (which I haven't done in five or more years), and asked the Universe for guidance for the day. It immediately bitch-slapped me by offering up the exact same tarot card I pulled the day before. Guess someone isn't listening (obvi that someone is me).

Have an amazing weekend.

Favorite Quote of the Week

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

On my nightstand This Week

Judgement Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living a Better Life by Gabrielle Bernstein

The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever by Mark Sisson

What I read on the web

Politics & Social Justice

Please help support Gridshock: A Film About Sex Trafficking in Iowa.

"the richest 2,000 people on the planet – saw their wealth increase by a staggering $762 billion in just one year. That’s an average of $381 million apiece." Felix Salmon takes a look at Oxfam's latest report.

The price women must pay for male pleasure. 

It's a sign of my white privilege that I just learned of the Negro Motorist Green Book

Why I'm disappointed in Hillary.

Resistance to immigration is found in areas of the US that remain the least touched by immigration.

A collection of essays in response to Death, Sex, and Money's Opportunity Costs series on class in America.

3.2 million people live on $1.90 or less a day in the United States. What does that mean in a country where the average rent of a one bedroom apartment outside the city center is over $900.


A sound piece of advice, in 140 characters.

Some tips for keeping a journal in 2018.

Save your relationship by turning towards rather than away.

Yales' most popular class. I think it says a lot about the state of our undergrads.

Just for a smile

This brought me so much joy (especially the "(I've had) The Time of My Life" version.

And here's another smile guarantee.

The cutest dog I have ever seen.

My Favorite Podcast of the Week

Oprah's Super Soul Conversations with Thomas Moore, author of A Religion of One's Own


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