Here are some things I read this week that made me think. (These are just snippets – click on the title to read the whole thing.)
The thread is packed with outstanding resources. I urge you to click over to her account @eemi for continued updates and resources; but here, I’m going to lay out the amazingly comprehensive list of organizations she shared, as well as others I love, all of which would be so grateful for any support at all that you can offer.”
“No one was keeping track of police shootings in the country’s third-largest state. So in 2014, the Tampa Bay Times set out to count every officer-involved shooting in Florida during a six-year period. We learned that at least 827 people were shot by police — one every 2½ days. We learned that blacks are shot at a higher rate than whites. We learned that on-duty police are almost never charged with crimes for firing, even though agencies pay millions to settle civil lawsuits.
We learned that there are ways to avoid some of the violence.”
And yet: eight moves and eight apartments later, I have a few things I would tell myself if I could go back in time and accompany a dewy-cheeked me, Casper the Friendly Realtor-style, on my search and subsequent year-long lease.
But since ghosts are rarely that utilitarian and Elon Musk hasn’t cracked the whole time-travel thing, I’m just going to share them with you.”
“Mood swings, pimples, relationships. Drama. Everyone hates you no one understands you. You suddenly realize your parents don’t know everything. In fact, you parents don’t know anything.
Your siblings hate you. Your friends suck. Your friends are the bomb. They know everything. They love and support you the way no one else does. Your friends betray you.
You want so badly to be treated like a mature teen…you want to curl up in your mama’s lap and cry.
Yup, puberty sucks.
Not sure what to say? Don’t worry, you don’t have to get complicated. Your representatives just need to hear from you.
You don’t have to craft the perfect essay or message, just take this first step to make your voice heard on issues that matter to you. Over time, you’ll be able to send messages to your representatives in the House as well. So start sending those texts!”
“Not all of us moms are so genetically blessed as to fit into our skinny jeans two weeks postpartum — let alone thick-skinned enough to “love ourselves as we are” all the time.
So bless those awesome celebrity moms — and dads! — who are willing to show us the truth about parenting, so that we can all feel a little better about our bad days, our toddler tantrums, and yeah, our cellulite.”
“As much as I love to simplify and pack light, there are some must-haves for my own sense of well-being and the happiness of my family.
There is no place like home, but with the help of our five senses, we can bring a little bit of home with us wherever we go.”