Happy Monday: Who runs the world? Girls.


White pumpkin + black Sharpie = something awesome for owl lovers.

Speaking of cool stuff with pens…do you ever get jealous of people who always have these impressive and elaborate doodles? Yeah. Look into these tangle patterns. You can be one of those people.

Here are some ideas on how to support the bloggers you love. *Yes, I write a blog but I also read them. Sometimes I forget how dependent they are on my engagement and feedback. It doesn’t take much to let them know you are listening.

Here are 15 Netflix hacks I wish I knew sooner.

Have you ever tried painting on paper towels? I’m intrigued.

If you read one thing today let it be this: How we punish people for being poor.

Quote of the week:

Is having children on your priority list? “I’m not going to answer that question. I’m not mad at you for asking that question, but I’ve said it before: I don’t think people ask men those questions.” —Zooey DeschanelMarie Claire, September 2013

Malala, the 17 year old girl from Afghanistan who was shot in the head for publicly advocating for education for girls, was just awarded the Noble prize. This 30 minute NY Times documentary, Class Dismissed: Malala’s Story, was made in 2009, three years before she was targeted for assassination by the Taliban. It’s chilling to watch it now and realize the danger it put her in, and the good that will come from one girl’s story.

Speaking of brave young women, remember the social media campaign to bring back the 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram? Yup. They are still there. Here is an account of one of the girls who escaped.

And on the subject of young adults, have you noticed that all young adult fiction follows the same story these days?

This SNL skit parodies popular movies, but it raises a good point; what is it that makes this particular storyline of survival so popular right now? A wide variation on ‘the hero’s arc’ goes back to ancient times in just about every culture, but why have we suddenly decided to paint this picture with such a narrow perspective? You can blame it on the author, but it’s the audience that drives the tide, and that says something about us. Hmmm…

Whoa. That was heavy. Let’s lighten it up with a slow motion cat video.

Happy Monday!


  1. Deb in Oklahoma says

    Hey, I’m here! It’s 55 degrees, raining cats and dogs, and is a generally blustery Monday in October. I checked your pages just to brighten my day, and was rewarded greatly.

    Yes, girls do run the world…to an extent. There are way too many things in the world that girls need to be running, because plainly, the men have proceeded to run it all into the ground and not made much improvement. (The definition of insanity comes to mind.) But there are things the girls are doing that are just spectacular, and they should continue the march onward.

  2. says

    You have the best links! My husband and I were just talking about how expensive it is to be poor the other day. And I really love that blogger post, I think I owe you a coffee.

    • aunt peaches says

      I think we all owe each other coffee. I’ll settle for cyber hugs 🙂 (that sounded way creepier than i intended)

  3. says

    My doodling skills are the only pen to paper skills I have! I use a cup or candle to trace perfect overlapping circles on a page then fill them in with different patterns. It’s an easy creative outlet activity to pair with a Netflix binge and in the end I (usually) end up creating something that looks neat enough to display!

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