Monday, May 20, 2013

Our Lady of Skepticism

1. Trader Joe's. I went for the first time in a long time a few weeks ago -  I was so overwhelmed that I just wandered around the store with an empty basket in my hand, in awe. Then I left with nothing but two pounds of chocolate.

2. Strong Female Character Saints by heymonster.

3. If your Facebook feed/tumblr dashboard are anything like mine, you've heard that Abbie has written a new Hyperbole and a Half after a long hiatus. It's one of the more astute and succinct depictions of depression I've ever seen, while still maintaining a sense of humor. Amazing.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

"if you stop believing, that don't mean that it just goes away"

1. Since Jason Molina's death this spring, I've been revisiting his music. These songs in particular:






2. Radical Otterness. The internet combines two of my favorite things. I wish I had an audio recording of my reaction when I first found this website.

3. We commemorated my mom's 70th Birthday with a trip to the Bronx Zoo. 
"To the gorillas!" 



Friday, May 3, 2013


The First Word I Teach My Daughter

the first word I teach my daughter will be “no”
she will sing it to me and scream it at me
and I will never tell her to quiet down
she will say it when I tell her to go to bed
when I tell her she can’t have anymore candy
or watch anymore television
“no” will be my daughter’s favorite word
not only will I teach her how to say it
but I will teach her to repeat it over and over
again until every single atom in her tiny little body
hums with it
If it makes her less soft than the other girls
I will take her to museums and show her
what marble and stone can become
I will brush her hair and let her wear whatever
she wants
whatever that makes her
she will know
that the world has been built upon “no’s”
upon rejections and refusals and swords
if this makes her a warrior in a field of
flowers, then she will walk without fear
of being trampled on
the first word I teach my daughter will be
“no”
and when she grows up
in a world that tells her
she can’t walk down the street by herself
that “no” will be heard
it will roar and echo down the block
and she will never be told to keep
silent
she will not know the meaning of the word.

I found this poem on tumblr, where it was posted by its author, but there is no name real name to attribute to the author. You can check out more of her writing here.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

there a strange thing and a known thing here

1. Jason Collins, the first currently active openly gay male in major league sports, wrote a fantastic piece for Sports Illustrated. Please read.

2. Contender for the theme song of May:


1. I know that I've already shared artwork by Njideka Akunyili, but it's too good not to share again:

2. Roasted chickpeas! Why have I, lifetime advocate of roasting all foods, not done this before?!?

3. This video is pretty good at explaining why "heterophobia" doesn't actually exist, and the function that mocking privilege serves for under-privileged groups:


4.

III

Spring is like a perhaps hand
(which comes carefully
out of Nowhere)arranging
a window,into which people look(while
people stare
arranging and changing placing
carefully there a strange
thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps
Hand in a window
(carefully to
and fro moving New and
Old things,while
people stare carefully
moving a perhaps
fraction of flower here placing
an inch of air there)and

without breaking anything.

- e.e. cummings


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I'll mope with you!

1. In meeting for worship (Quakers) I like to try to predict who is going to stand up to speak next. The more I worship with a particular meeting, the better I get at it. Everyone is different, but the standard indicators are when people get furrowed brows, cross and uncross their legs, and lean forward a little bit.

2. Ellen and SNL's Ellen Impersonator Kate McKinnon, dressed as Ellen, dancing.

3.
This used to be on catsthattalk.tumblr.com, but now that url is someone else, so I don't know how to credit you, artist that made these great little cat cartoons! Sorry!