It’s Friday. This week has had a lot of ups and downs – a few things that were supposed to happen, but didn’t, and some things that weren’t supposed to happen, but did. I’m glad the weekend is here. For a moment, I’m shaking it off, and taking a deep breath. I hope you’re also able to shake off some of what has weighed you down this week. Here, I’m sharing some serious and some fun things from around the internet that I liked this week…
Things from around the internet this week
If you’re looking for some long reads, here’s a collection of 5 good ones (via The Establishment).
Fatimah Asghar’s poem, “If They Should Come For Us,” is poignant, and relevant to the world today. Here’s a favorite section:
…mashallah I claim them all
my country is made
in my people’s image
if they come for you
they come for me too…
Some good stuff on Twitter – this lovely tweet from President Obama, this entire thread that explains oppression, and author Steve Silberman sharing this Roger Fisher quote on how we could significantly reduce the likelihood of nuclear war.
Author Anne Lamott shared this on the best we can do and hope for if we are, in fact, doomed:
“I do not hope for a successful Trump presidency or failed Trump presidency. I hope that he does not blow up the whole world. Is that so much to ask? What if he accidentally blows up a little bit of the world?
Well, these things happen. We’ll stick together. What has always lifted my spirits is a promise that I made to myself, that if it looks like the end of the world, I get to eat every single thing on earth that can’t outrun me: the last few days, I will only eat nachos and creme brûlée and Safeway carrot cake. Oatbags of M&M’s. No vegetable matter! That’s something to look forward to!
One more question: how do we get to hope in these dark ratty days?
We don’t think our way to hope. We take the actions, and then the insight follows. The insight is that hope springs from awareness of love, immersion in love, commitment to love. This begins with radical self love: to save the world, make yourself a lovely cup of tea. Put lotion on your jiggly thighs, clean sheets on the bed, the most forgiving pants you own. On the possibly last day on earth, you do not want to be wearing pants that pinch or tug, or ride up your crack.”
This interview with Aimee van Wynsberghe (Foundation for Responsible Robotics), on the ethics of human-robot sex.
This past weekend, my friend Cherie shared her thoughts on why going from being a working mom to becoming a stay at home mom was hard for her, and talked about importance of having a mom tribe. (I know I’m biased, but this really was one of my favorite things from around the internet this week):
“It is so important to have a supportive tribe around you. Finding other moms, including my friends and family, and leaning on my spouse, has had the most incredible impact on our experience. They play and help and babysit; and they also keep me sane, grounded, and remind me that this time is so fleeting. And that’s what I’m here to enjoy.”
One funny read for you… McSweeney’s shares advice on talking to your teen about colluding with Russia (I LOLed):
“Your teen should understand that if he has been out late colluding with Russia he should never, under any circumstances, get in a car — especially a nondescript windowless van with diplomatic license plates. He should understand that you will come get him and give him a ride home no questions asked!”