Happy Friday, everyone! It is definitely a happy Friday for me because my dear Chicago-love, Emily Jane Powers, is going to be in town all weekend, and she is playing a show! I’ve mentioned Emily on the blog before, and gushed about her music, (and her music is worth mentioning again, especially because she has an amazing new album out. You should all go listen here and feel all.the.feelings.(!)). I can’t wait to spend the weekend with her, and our third musketeer (/my East Coast friend-hero), Meagan. We’re going to have so much fun and I am so excited to hear Emily play again!
So, without further ado, The Friday Five!
I’m super excited for this new Autostraddle column. Autostraddle is one of my favorite queer sites and it brings such an eclectic variety of reads: recipes, sex stuff, relationship feelings, poetry, and, now, wellness-related things. The author of the column, Dani, describes it: “This column is intended to create space — a place where we can discuss tools for healing and connecting to our whole selves: mind, body and soul. My hope is that these topics will be helpful to everyone: whether you describe yourself as an atheist, prefer no label, attend a weekly service, practice traditions only in a cultural sense or want to better connect to your current faith. Some words may make you cringe. For example, the use of the word god means so many different things to people. A belief in god is not necessary to enjoy this column. If ever I do refer to god, feel free to sub in the universe (unless that makes you cringe because it’s just too woowoo or hippie-dippy for you).” She later explains, “We’ll be talking about how to create a sacred space in your life, how to meditate, how to treat your body like a temple, how to practice compassionate activism, and how to develop your own moral code. We’ll also be talking about practical stuff like whether or not it’s disrespectful to hold hands during a visit to the Mormon Temple or how to deal with a family member who thinks you’re going to hell. Whatever it is you’re going through, you’re not alone.” I, for one, can’t wait to read more!
Need I say more than the title and the picture? I can’t wait to try this recipe from Claire at Vidya.
I love A. Breeze Harper’s site, Sistah Vegan. Her insights on veganism through an intersectional lens (taking race, class, citizenship, etc. into account), provides some of the most nuanced discussions of this lifestyle I’ve seen on the web. I was particularly struck by this recent post about parenting. Although I am not a a parent (and have no plans to be any time in the very-near future), I sometimes wonder how I’ll talk about things with my potential future children. In this post, Harper reflects on how to discuss the role of police and the complexities of people’s dietary choices. It’s a really profound reflection on the struggles of raising compassionate children in a not-so compassionate world.
This is a great interview with the always-inspiring Angela Davis. A favorite part: “I believe profoundly in the possibilities of democracy, but democracy needs to be emancipated from capitalism. As long as we inhabit a capitalist democracy, a future of racial equality, gender equality, economic equality will elude us.” Indeed.
Stuff That Made Me Happy This Week
Impromptu trip to NYC to see Against Me! (so.incredible(!))
bike rides through my ‘hood
emails from students saying super affirming things
hard conversations that lead to growth
happy hour with my colleagues (even though it’s not officially happy hour in Boston—apparently happy hour’s are actually illegal in MA!)
EJP IN TOWN THIS WEEKEND
marking things off my to-do list!
meaningful emails from friends (writing you back soon, bff!)
What made you happy this week? xoxo