Saturday Special: Be the Change


Hello, and happy Saturday!

It’s a gorgeous Saturday afternoon here, and I’ve spent the first half of my day journaling about what exactly it is I’m trying to do with my life, and it comes down to that tried and true advice from Ghandi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

I spend a lot of time thinking about my fantasy world in which there is no war, people are nice to each other, and everyone has enough to eat and a safe place to sleep. So, today I’m asking myself, “What can I do to help create that world?” I know I can’t do it on my own, but every little effort counts, right?

So, what’s your fantasy world look like, and how can you help create it? You don’t have to tell me. Just do it.

And now, here are some of my favorite bits from the internet this week.

Phew! These are heavy topics, right? That’s ok, we can lighten up a bit. For example …

  • Good news: I’ve added some new online yoga classes to my schedule!
  • This is a Bubbline Appreciation Post and Gallery (Spoiler alert here, as they discuss the plots of a few episodes, but it’s still excellent.)
  • Maybe You’re the Reason Anime is Dying. My friend Lauren is brilliantly nerdy. you’ve got to see her take on anime hipster bullshit.
  • Oh, and have you seen the new Ghost in the Shell? Because OMG it’s SO GOOD. I watched the first episode last week, and I’m dying for more. And for those who say Major Kusanagi looks too young the new trailer, that’s because this takes place before she joined Section 9, so you’re seeing one of her earlier prosthetic bodies. No, they did not dumb her down or make her wimpy. She’s as badass as ever, and I am still in love with her.

And last but not least, I forgot my phone.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and be nice to each other, ok?


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The Saturday Special: Caffeinated Ladies Edition

We meet in the local coffee shop, after Henri Meunier


Wow, I had the nicest week, guys. Ellie came to town and we had our mini-writing retreat at my place. We drank a LOT of coffee, hashed out some big ideas and little details for our projects, met up with our girlfriends in DC, toured a few monuments, and saw the Poetic Likeness exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. Oh, and Lauren introduced us to the coolest tea shop in DC: Teasim. I will definitely be going there again!

I don’t know about you, but I am all for gay dinosaurs.
Margaret Cho writes about being shamed for her tattoos and how a woman’s accomplishments can still be seen as secondary to her appearance.
Unicorns are real, y’all.
Don’t do anything just to please others. I adore Danielle Laporte. Sometimes the things she says just feel like a hug from a very wise, very kind person.
Famous authors as teens — awesome photos.
Sir Patrick Stewart, who I loved already, speaks out against violence against women. I love him all the more now.
A community college closed its student newspaper over a sex issue. Not a scandal, mind you, but an issue of the paper dedicated to discussing issues related to sex.
Would you ever do ganja yoga? — I’ve wondered about this. Yoga is a practice of being present and mindful, so I’m not sure what to think about this. Is it wrong? Not in my opinion. But is it really helpful? I’m not entirely convinced.
Free printable bookplates. So cute.
And finally, the Japanese have soundly beaten the Americans at the best photo meme contest.

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The Saturday Special: Big Brave Dog Edition

happy thoughts

Welcome to the part of the week where I reveal what I really do in all my spare time. You think yoga teachers use their free minutes to meditate and … I dunno… eat granola? Nah, man. I am all up on Imgur.

But first, an important administrative note:
Google reader is closing on July 1, so if you’ve been using that to read this site, you’ll probably want a new way to follow your favorite blogs. I’ve been using Bloglovin’, and they even include a nice little import feature to bring all your old subscriptions over. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that Reader had, though. Does anyone have suggestions for really good RSS readers?

Without further ado, here is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE THING I found on the internet this week:

Write Against the Machine 3: Eat All the BonBons is up! In this episode, Ellie and I are super honest about what it means to us to be housewives.

Phil says that no matter what this article tells you or how cute that lion is, it’s probably a bad idea to try and give him belly scratches. Anyway, these photos are totally adorable and made me giggle.

Dodson and Ross tweeted about these mannequins that look more-or-less like normal, healthy women. Granted, they’re still a little on the thin side (notice the thigh gap), but it’s still pretty refreshing.

A real life friend of mine posted this on Imgur. Let’s see if he gets any dates. If you’re interested, I can vouch that he is actually super cool.

Helen Razer reflects with rage on International Women’s Day — I was a little put off by her suggestion that Catholics worship the Virgin Mary, considering that if anything, the Catholic relationship to women is like the “separate but equal” treatment of blacks in segregated America. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say that because people will think I’m being racist, but really … do you know how many hours of my middle school theology classes were devoted to explaining why we “honor but don’t worship” Mary and why women can’t be priests? Anyway, that’s beside the point. I found the rest of her essay pretty interesting.

Also, the Catholics got a new Pope. There’s still this conflicted place in my heart where I really want to see the church recover and become a positive force in the world.

On the lighter side, doesn’t this little guy make you want to bop your head around in the most adorable way you can muster?

And finally, Snoop Dogg Lion appeared on Conan O’Brien’s show and performed a new song, which was actually really touching. I’ve always liked a handful of his songs, although I wouldn’t consider myself a die hard fan. But I like him in theory, and this evolution he’s going through right now is really interesting.

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The Saturday Special: Daffodil Edition

The daffodils are starting to come up in our neighborhood, therefore I have hope!

Well, team, aside from the seemingly unending grey that is February, I’ve had a pretty good week. I hope you have, too. I got a bunch of good news about new yoga classes, plus some of our best friends have been in town for the past couple days. We have a house full of nerds, and I’ve been laughing for 3 days straight. Can’t complain.

Here’s some of what was cool on the internet this week:

“The real risk of interacting with unproven ideas is the fear that we might not react in a way our peers expect. The desire to fit in often overwhelms our curiosity.” –Seth Godin Yes yes yes.

Holy amazebals. ViHart’s guide to comments makes me want to jump up and go take all the risks.

This boy is unbearably adorable and smart. I was thinking “Is anyone besides me sick of Ted talks?” But then he started talking, and I was like “Shit, this kid is layin down the wisdom.” I’m actually somewhat jealous that I went to such a traditional school when I was his age, but it’s never too late to be inspired.

Finally, Ellie and I did our second podcast. This time it’s all about the adventure of self-publishing. You can listen or download it here:

That’s it for me today. Stay warm and enjoy your weekend. Spring really is just around the corner!

All my love!

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