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"the great work begins"

I want to start this running list of eccentricities and thoughts that I come across daily because the overload of information can be overwhelming. I want to be able to remember things that turn one of the last working gears in my head. I think this is an appropriate first blog post for the revitalization of my website, so please enjoy!

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An intelligent human's case for fashion: "I think the end goal is to not take myself too seriously. I have all the time in the world to wear a deep V-neck and all that, so why not do everything else?" Yara Shahidi for NET-A-PORTER

And then I heard the words "The Great Work Begins", and realized that this is not my end: “We won't die secret deaths anymore. The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come. Bye now. You are fabulous creatures, each and every one. And I bless you: More Life. The Great Work Begins.” ― Tony Kushner, Angels in America, as mentioned in 3/29/18 New York Times' Still Processing podcast. 

Understanding Jenna Wortham's initial feelings about the March for Our Lives. Less attention is given to children who live in communities not as affluent as Parkland. I heard on the NY Times podcast, The Daily, that when comparing median salaries between Parkland and that particular neighborhood in Chicago, the latter is three times less. Money is a factor. When I cover news in D.C., whenever there is a shooting in a particular quadrant of the region, we tend to dismiss it and say, "There's always a shooting there." However, Wortham reconciled her feelings, saying the attention given to Parkland and the March for Our Lives is a blueprint for how we should talk about this going forward. The Parkland students, those kids in Chicago, and anywhere shootings are a part of daily life, are fighting the same fight.

From the same podcast, Ginuwine. Yes Ginuwine. "Pony" is a song about consent?!

"Sex and love, man. Tune in! - Christiane Amanpour on WNYC's Note to Self podcast. Why I love the foreign correspondent. 

Wine & Painting -  New Yorker writer (and perennial inspiration) Jia Tolentino makes a hilarious case for this activity. *furiously Googles Wine and Painting classes in DC*

How to grocery shop, according to the writer's mom. Laugh, but it's a true struggle. It's funny because grocery shopping is one of the few things that bring me joy. However, once I get to the grocery store, the endless options overwhelm and I forget why I made the trip in the first place. I'm pretty sure I only ate vegetable dumplings and orange chicken from Trader Joe's for the last few months.

Which familiar stranger do you turn to in times of need? It's going to be alright, guys. I'll leave you with a quote from the subject of the article: “Sweetie, if you’re not living on the edge, then you’re taking up space.”

 

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