Well folks, it’s hard been a week of extremes in my little glitter cubby. What started as a string of blissful highs ended in a string of violence…then a string of public shaming for showing support for some victims and not others…followed by people being mean-spirited assholes. (And we wonder why we fight so much?). It’s difficult to be celebratory and look for what is good when you know so many are hurting right now, but, perhaps that’s why it’s all the more important to march forward. I don’t know. As the last of the leaves fall, I find myself increasingly aware of the brittleness of everyday comforts, which makes me all the more determined to appreciate them here and now.
Before we get started with the usual list, I wanted to let everyone know that November is National Adoption Awareness month and AP reader Veronica is looking for some help: she needs people who enjoy making and sending cards. As part of The Card Shower Project, they have 9 teenagers in need of positive messages. As she says, they need people to let these kids know you care what happens to them, “Only you can foster hopes and dreams by empowering non-traditional & LGBTQ youth with kind messages through card-writing..Encouraging youth in foster care, to reach their highest potential, no matter what.”
If there is anyone who knows how to bust out a card, it’s you guys. See details on their site to find out what you can do to help.
Speaking of random acts of kindness…I was on the receiving end myself.
A color quiz to see if you are an Idealist, Realist, or Surrealist.
Have you been watching the latest Netflix binge, Master of None? A lot to love here, especially the subtle take on sexism.
North Korean interiors that look suspiciously like Wes Anderson film sets.
Speaking of movies…here is one of my all-time favorites and hardly anybody ever knows about it!
And last but not least…Special thanks to everyone for their support in my art launch! It was a bittersweet moment when I mailed off 19 last week, and there are still six available before I shut things down at the end of this week. The support and encouragement you guys have sent me this last week has been HUGE. Just hearing people ask questions or offer comments…it’s a big deal to know people are interested. I know it’s just a little Etsy shop, but I can say with confidence, this last week will be the pivot point for all sorts of doubts and fears I have been hauling around for 20 years. And mostly, it’s thanks to people I have never met. How do you even thank somebody like that? I’m not sure, but when I figure it out, I’ll let you know. But in the meantime THANK YOU.