Is Describing Why I Am Fascinated With The History and Origins Of Cults A Good First Date Conversation Topic, And Other Topics I Ruminate On When I Make Coffee.
My dearests, how are we doing this morning? How are your stress levels? Have you booked off some time this summer to take a break? Do you have time today to get outside, or take a lunch break, or get your heart rate up? You know I worry about you taking care of yourself, so please do your best to take care of yourself, not unlike this adorable otter I give to you.
And hey, why don’t you think about taking a moment to reach out to someone in your life you’ve been thinking about, that person you’ve been wanting to say hi to, or clear up something with, or thank, or cry with, or all of the above! I got a call yesterday from a dear friend to talk about something I wrote last week, and it meant the world to get to connect with them one on one, contemplate tough things, and remember how happy and lucky I am to have them in my life. Follow your gratitude and reach out to others if you are so inclined, don’t wait for the “right” reason to do so, you don’t know how much it might mean to that person (thank you for coming to my off-brand TED talk).
To the internet, let’s gooooooooooooo!
Excuse me while I tear up a bit: “For the first time in history, two women sat behind a president during an address to a joint session of Congress.” and that freaking MATTERS. Teenage politics-obsessed Amy would be (and 36-year-old Amy is) awestruck. Also doesn’t hurt that they are two women politicians from the Bay Area (USA Today)
There’s already talk about the 2024 election, because god is cruel and we as humans don’t deserve nice things. And I’ve decided that the only way I will ingest information about the bigoted clown car that is the GOP field is if Tim Miller covers it on his delightful video series Not My Party (which, btw, is distributed on Snap, but I watch it via Twitter video like the grumpy elder millennial I am.)
I wish I could throw ill-informed tantrums online that punch down and tantalize the alt-right fanboys and still be described as “immature” by a partner. Must be nice to get the benefit of the doubt when you are a multi-billionaire CEO who should know better: ‘Is Elon Musk a Men’s Rights Activist? No, says Grimes; he’s just really immature’ (We Hunted The Mammoth)
What would you do if you came home to discover 1000 small birds trapped in your chimney? Well, first I’d be over the moon to have a house with a large enough chimney for 1000 birds, but then I would NOPE the heck out of there pretty darned fast. (SFGate)
I don’t think I could agree any harder with a headline if I tired: ‘Covid protesters must stop exploiting symbols of the Holocaust’ (CNN) And yes, all of this nonsense makes my blood boil.
And finally, I’m going to spend the rest of my morning diving into the ’25 Songs That Matter Now’ (NYT)
Keep going. Wear a mask. And be kind to yourself, please.