EDIT: It is Saturday, I know it is Saturday. I really thought I was going to get this up yesterday, then it didn’t happen. Please forgive the delay and enjoy the “Friday” Five. ;)
This week flew by for me, probably because it’s my last week off before I’m back on campus. I have been working tirelessly to finish my Communication and Social Change syllabus, and I think I finally have an outline that I’m content (ish) with. Most of my fellow professor friends agree that there is never a point when a syllabus feels 100% ready, but school starting forces us to go with what we have. So, anyway, it may not be perfect, but I am hopeful that it will allow for a generative semester!
Speaking of social movements, and in honor of this Monday, here is a picture of MLK and Tich Nhat Hanh. <3
In other news, I am officially one week away from turning 30. Anything I should try to squeeze in before I hit this milestone? Bucket-list ideas? Gimme, plz.
And now, here’s the Friday Five!
I used to be a bike commuter, then I became a public transit commuter, and now, sadly, I have to get around by car. I remember the mix of terror and liberation I felt commuting on my bike on the streets of Chicago and, for a short time, in Minneapolis. It’s an amazingly awesome thing to get around using your body and a form of transportation that doesn’t hurt the environment, but it’s also very dangerous because, as Emily Badger points out, of our society’s car-centric infrastructure. This article talks about how when biker’s break road laws, it’s often out of self-defense. But Badger asks an important question: if the infrastructure was better, would bikers be more law-abiding? A sociology study is seeking to find that answer (there’s a link if you want to participate!). It’s a good read and a good thing to pass along to any drivers you know who get misguidedly angry at the bicyclists. I know I have a lot of bike commuters in my life that I love, so please help keep them safe!
Any fan of Judith Butler probably found it impossible not to think of her theory of “livable/grievable” lives amidst #AllLivesMatter, the backlash to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. In this interview with the Times, Butler takes her theory and applies it to the lives of black people in the US. The whole thing is worth reading, but here’s a really important snippet: “When some people rejoin with “All Lives Matter” they misunderstand the problem, but not because their message is untrue. It is true that all lives matter, but it is equally true that not all lives are understood to matter which is precisely why it is most important to name the lives that have not mattered, and are struggling to matter in the way they deserve.”
Allow me to be a bit self-indulgent in my last eight days as a 29 year old, yes? This article is all about women who are my age. Ann Friedman writes, “But even for women who realize they still have a lot of things to figure out, around age 30 a sense of acceptance begins to settle in. It’s when many of us experience our first big career payoffs, and allow ourselves to exhale a little because for once it doesn’t feel like we’re building our lives from scratch. On the cusp of 30 — in stark contrast with prior milestones like college graduation — you’re set up to finally start living your best life, or at least a realistic approximation of it. You realize you’ll never be a wunderkind, and you’re okay with that. In general, you give way fewer fucks.” Now, granted, it’s erasing a whole bunch of women (low-income women and other women who may not ever have “career payoffs”), but I think the idea of acceptance and giving fewer fucks is pretty universal. What say you, 29/29+-ers?
For as much as I love lentils, you’d think I’d eat them more, but really my lentil-ing is pretty infrequent. That’s why I was drawn to this recipe from Shira at In Pursuit of More. This is dish is full of so many favorites: lentils, yams, and brussels sprouts! Topped off with a balsamic and served as a warm salad…how delicious!
Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy
getting back to juicing; seeing this delightful film; yoga; sculpt; reading even more of this book for tonight’s (!) feminist book club meeting (saturday update: feminist book club meeting! so fun!); feeling really good about my syllabus and the upcoming semester; kitten snuggles; turmeric root (#cantstopwontstop); this precious video of a cat interrupting German news anchor’s weather forecast; watching the Golden Globes with MP and GS; when my work colleagues came to my sculpt class; baked apples & almond butter; friend phone calls; hugs; seeing the sunrise over the river on my way to teach an early AM yoga class and feeling like in that moment everything was perfect…
What made you happy this week? Have a great weekend! xoxo