I’m baacckk! And what better day than today to be here? 1) It’s gorgeous outside ☀️, and 2) the leader of the free world just keeps giving us reasons to regret being cognizant. But since we can’t do anything about that, for at least one day, let’s just pretend he doesn’t exist and focus on some goodness! There’s plenty of it.
BECK. His tour is stopping in Minneapolis August 17 for the first time in 9 years! Of course I went ham on Etix and refreshed for a half hour until 10AM in case anything happened without me knowing and snagged tickets. And that just reminded me of this homage he orchestrated, covering David Bowie’s Sound and Vision. It fills my soul with joy, literally, almost to tears. The menagerie of vocalists and instrumentalists is too much. Swelling, hopeful, joyful.
Anu and her family were followed by the BBC as it reported on funding for kids who need prosthetic limbs to pursue sports. NPR reports, “The National Health Service got a grant of some $2 million for that effort after last summer’s Paralympics, but the money was split between research efforts and the “active limbs” program, and further funding is in doubt.” To find out more or donate here in the U.S., check out Limbs for Life.
For some of you, this won’t mean squat because you were ahead of the game. For us here in Minnesota? FINALLY. Our Sunday liquor ban has been lifted, and I look forward to being able to buy whatever my heart desires whenever I want to all day Sunday.
“I’m going to help the homeless,” said Silkia, 9, a third grader. “I’m going to get mad money, and I’m going to ask them if they want a shelter.”
Luz, 13, who is originally from the Bronx and attends seventh grade in Brooklyn, chimed in. “Or I could just switch up your idea,” she added. “You’re going to work and have mad money. Then you’re going to build a shelter for the homeless people.”
Spring is upon us! 🌱 And, cranking open the windows after a long winter reminds me of how I’ve been trapped in a cesspool for months. One of the projects on my list is cleaning out my freezer. Apartment Therapy has some tricks for how to tackle it in 20 minutes!
Look at this little dog leading a horse! Where would we be without animals? Nowhere, I swear. Seen on Tastefully Offensive.
A messenger of peace is just what we need right now. (And always.) “Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on girls’ education.”
If you’re a fan of Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products and have thought to yourself while washing your hands or scrubbing the sink, “I wish I could smell like a frond of rosemary…” Now you can! Mrs. Meyer’s added a line of body wash and soap, and there’s hand lotion somewhere on there.
Should You Be Laughing at This? is by an Icelandic humorist who draws stick figures with twisted mirth. It’s irreverent, but as Amazon says, “Of course, Iceland is a country whose national drink is called ‘Black Death,’ national dish is putrefied shark meat, and national literacy rate is 99.9%. That may give you a small idea of the dark but brilliant mind behind the shamefully addicting cartoons in this book.”
Saw this a while ago, and it’s probably one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen on the internet besides cats. I’m a fan of Run the Jewels and at one point they made a video for Rookie Magazine called “Ask a Grown Man,” answering questions from young girls about dating and self-confidence. I wish Killer Mike was my dad and El-P was my brother. ♥
• Plants make people happy. The Sill delivers low-light flora to your door! And don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb. The Sill says, “It’s our mission to be your dedicated source for indoor plants. You can shop, learn, or work hand-in-hand with a dedicated Plant Specialist on a plant design and maintenance program.”
• Good sleep is a valuable but often rare necessity! Here are some smart things to do before you hit the hay to help lessen distraction, calm your nerves, and send you off into a restorative night of snoring and dreaming. (Unless you’re like me and have insane dreams that cause you to question reality and wake up relieved none of it was real. But that still means I slept well.)
• Johanne Rahaman is documenting Florida’s black communities through candid and vibrant photography. Black Florida “reinterprets marginalized communities from the inside, through the stories of the residents, and offers an alternate concept of abundance, home, and community.”
Here’s your end of the week dose of good news! All these are from my various “save for later” tabs and bookmarks. Not all are recent, just stumbled upon. As I mentioned before, there’s no grander purpose here except to add a dash of sunshine, humor, or info to your day instead of more wild news headlines that make you want to dig a hole and live in it and never come out.
Simple Rules for Healthy Eating from the New York Times. Good food habits give your body chemistry the energy it needs to keep motoring through the day. We’ve all heard this by this point, but once you start incorporating them (more water, or fresh vegetables and fruit), you’ll start to crave them. Give your body what it needs!
It’s a girl! Hoda Kotb announces she’s adopted a baby. Love this as it’s a woman going out to get what she wants, like, a baby. I also like that she kept it under wraps, and it wasn’t some giant publicity stunt. And I might steal this name and reason for my own future baby 💕:
“Hoda [explained] that she picked her daughter’s name after Halley’s comet, which can be seen from Earth once every seven decades. ‘It was one of those things. I just picture her sailing through the sky,’ she said.”
I decided to start a little corner of good news stories. I just read one from my local news station and was like, “Duh! Add that to Smash Up!” Not that I’m usually looking to depress you, lol. But this will be a concentrated feed of uplifting/fun news curated a few times a week and rounded up at the end of each week. There won’t be a lot of political or social commentary related content–I’ll save that for the essays. These are just meant to be briefly refreshing. 😀
Here are a couple I read this morning to kick it off!