I don’t know about you, but I am coming off a seriously lovely holiday weekend. I know it was America’s birthday party, but it felt very much like mine. There was an unapologetic sum of eating, chilling, and being generally lazy in good company. I have seen more parades, grilled meat and small dogs in costume than any one person is allowed. Yesterday was gorgeous, so we spent it up at the Chicago Botanic Garden, which is lovely any time of year, but especially when the waterlilies are in bloom and the whole place is like walking around in a giant Monet painting.
Also. This was interesting!
Well. Gosh. It swallows a beetle, then changes gender, and births up the beetle all that in one day? This makes me feel really under accomplished!
The mathematical principal reveals how to get what you want in life. (In short: The one who fears rejection the least will end up with the most – but it doesn’t say anything about victoria waterlilies).
I am OBSESSED with these treehouse tents.
The girl scouts turned down a $100,000 donation because the donor was a dirtbag. Then they made three times that anyway. Way to enterprise, ladies!
The state of Ohio’s health director, whose refusal to list a gay man as the surviving spouse on a death certificate (which led to last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling) delivered the reading at a same-sex wedding last weekend. (fyi, it was from Mark 12 “Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”) (And if that isn’t full circle living, I don’t know what is.)
Eight drag queen makeup hacks that will change the way you put on your face.
Do you end up with a pile of sea shells at the end of the summer? Here are ten nifty things you can do with them.
Joseph Campbell on how perfectionism ruins relationships.
Holiday of the week: Different Colored Eyes Day. This holiday celebrates the diversity of eye color, as well as heterochromia – the eye condition where people have two different colors of eyes (now brown, one blue, etc). Do you know who almost has ? Jane Seymour, aka Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman. Also a lot of other celebrities, including David Bowie, but not really. Because David Bowie wasn’t cool enough already? Sigh.
Word of the week: XinTeng. The Chinese term for heartache with a particular emphasis on shared pain, or the heartache that comes from witnessing a loved one in pain. In America we just call this “feeling sorry for someone” but this is more empathetic. Why do we not have this word in English?
And. Don’t watch this if you are hungry.
I call dibs on the blonde.