Good Friday

  • CO-parenting at its finest. This warms my heart. It’s way too easy to get embroiled in broken families. Nice to see this one coming together!
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Image via Reddit.

“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.”

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Image via The New York Times.

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  • 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.

Aparna Nancherla

I’m re-listening to Aparna Nancherla this morning. She is hilarious, but because everyone has different humor, and I’m rarely moved when people beg me to listen to something new, I can’t really sell you on her. All I can say is that you should spice up your day and give her album “Just Putting It Out There” a try. She has that sardonic twist that throws just the right amount of dry, grim introspection on things. Not Louis C.K. grim. Endearingly grim, with chuckles and mirth. She probably does have weird self-esteem, but she knows what she’s saying, plus she’s a comic so what else is she going to toy with? Check her out on Spotify, Bandcamp, or YouTube. I’ve included an extremely entertaining clip below where people in her acting class compare her to Aziz Ansari and… science. 😹

Updates

Wakey, wakey! We’ve got some new items of interest for you!

  • A new excursion down the rabbit hole with a two-part interview about the good and the not-so-good in ourselves.
  • Are you dream happy (think, trigger happy)? Our culture tells us relationships will make us happy, but that’s obviously not always true.
  • A review of the horror movie XX. It’s a unique and thought-provoking anthology that puts a new twist on what’s really scary.

 

Too often women were unsung.

Happy women’s history month!

As with every month of recognition, it really can be women’s month every month. But March is the historically chosen time to specifically acknowledge women’s contributions. All month, Smash Up will be posting some historical insight.

Women’s history month was proclaimed in 1980 by Jimmy Carter, inspired by the work of historian Gerda Lerner. He said:

“…men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well. As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, ‘Women’s History is Women’s Right.’ It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision […] Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people.”

Follow along for some snapshots in history of women’s rights achievements!

Color smash.

We have logos! Logos have been sighted! Logo-age, if you will! (Lorelai Gilmore 😉 )

You’ll notice the colorful burst up top and the awesome jagged “S” icon to your right (or if you’re reading this on your phone, way, way at the bottom).

Thanks to Chris Audet for his time and creations!

Food for thought.

If you aren’t already a documentary junkie, there’s no time like the present to get into them! Documentaries are a great snapshot of current events, history, psychology, and almost any other topic you can think of. No matter the subject matter, the idea is the same–to give the viewer a nonfiction film that instructs or educates, though directors and producers can have varying takes on how they show you this information. Vox.com just published “a field guide to 2017’s diverse slate of Oscar-nominated documentaries.

We encourage you to check out any kind of documentary to get your feet wet, but if you’re a docu-veteran (or a new to the scene and game to dive in head first) and looking for something fresh to challenge your perspective, these titles are worth it. The list includes: Life, Animated; 13th; Fire at Sea; O.J.: Made in America; and I Am Not Your Negro.

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Images via IMDB.com