Hello and happy Friday! My week has been quite busy, so this intro to the FF will be short and sweet. The picture below is one I snapped on my way to the train the other day. I thought it was really lovely. <3
And now, four things from the internet + a list of stuff from the week that made me happy….
This article was written after the devastating death of Eric Garner but I think it’s worth re-circulating after the devastating death of Walter Scott that happened on Tuesday. William C. Anderson acknowledges that viral videos of Garner’s murder serve to “illustrate and illuminate the injustice of police violence,” but wonders about other implications these images of Black death might have. Anderson states: “Dead Black people are not ornaments to be put up and taken down for every activist need, purpose and point. Treating those who have come before us as such might reinforce our objectification and further cement our disposability in public consciousness.”
On a lighter note, I loved reading this interview with Jonah Mossberg, the filmmaker behind Out Here, a documentary about queer farmers. The trailer for the film looks awesome, and Mossberg’s insights are lovely: “I think small-scale sustainable agriculture is inherently a logical and safe place for queer people because it’s a place where we can enact and practice our queer values. For me, my queer values are that I’m anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian too, and engaging in farming is another beautiful way to do that.”
(First, obviously, trigger-warning for content about sexual assault). This piece is really powerful. In describing her own reflections on her sexual assault and healing while teaching young girls who have experienced trauma, Anne Falkowski writes, “Therapy and yoga were my tools. Therapy started to unravel the event and showed me how I had gone through life operating through the lens of my trauma, distorting my self worth. In therapy, I began to try to widen my view but I just couldn’t seem to get it to stay open. It wasn’t until I practiced yoga that I could actually begin to let go of self-hatred and expand myself to feel high-quality feelings such as self-love and trust. I had needed to make the connections in my body. It was then that I began to grow.” Lots of realness here.
Maud always inspires me to have more collard wraps in my life, and I really like the looks of this one from Dishing up the Dirt. Not only does it look delicious, but it also has very few ingredients and sounds super simple to make. Also, springy, right?
Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy
seeing more progress from my Sculpt teacher trainers!; coffee (this is a new thing for me, so it’s pretty exciting to delve more into this club that I’ve never really been a part of…I’m still mostly a tea drinker, but a good cup of joe from a swanky coffee shop has become a recent simple pleasure for me!); more progress on my tattoo; surprise gift bag on my doorstep from a sweet friend (which included, among other goodies, a Drake poster (!)); PLANNING FOR LADIES WEEKEND IN MATTITUCK (which will commence in mere hours!); getting to talk to students about #BlackLivesMatter and having what seemed like a transformative conversation about anger and trauma and race and protest; friend phone calls and texts; listening to the new Waxahatchee record; friends’ happiness; kitten snuggles; having people over for dinner and mindfully and joyfully preparing the meals…
What made you happy this week? Have a great weekend! xoxo