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Friday Finds | 7.31.20

Friday Finds | 7.31.20

What a week, eh? There is only so much avoidance one can do in any given week. I tried mightily to ignore, but sometimes that just does not work and that happened a lot this week. But despite the onslaught of bs, there were some pockets of goodness. And that goodness was enough to inspire me, lift me, fill me, and carry me through the chaos. So let’s get started!

First, are you missing intelligent conversation? Mm-hmm! Need a fix of a nostalgia for what was? Oh yes, I do! Well look no further… The Michelle Obama Podcast started this week! I mean really, stop everything and queue this up right now! You won’t be disappointed… at all! I promise!! Just do it!!

Then this piece just amazed me yesterday.  John Lewis wrote it two days before he died… words for us, instructions for us… marching orders, as it were.

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language, and nationality to demand respect for human dignity. – John Lewis

Thank you for these final words, Mr. Lewis. May you rest in power.

Yesterday was all about John Lewis and Bonny reminded me how important singing is, and sing I did while I watched the funeral. It was all so good… so darned good! Hearing James Lawson, Jr speak… wow! He read “Meaning” a poem by Czesław Miłosz (and I have not stopped thinking about it since!)

But the best was Barack Obama’s eulogy for “St. John”! It was so  amazing. It is must watch…so settle in and be filled and inspired!

But it was not all inspiring finds this week because the Ravelry imbroglio continues, but there was this update from Jess which, frankly had me shaking my head. To say I am disappointed is an understatement. Honestly, all of this is so unacceptable. I don’t know what the fix is to all of this, but I do know this… I am not using Ravelry until it becomes accessible for everyone.

And if that was not all just enough, there was this update from Cat Bordhi… my heart is breaking for her and her dear family. If you’ve a mind to send her an email, you will find her address in her post.

That’s all from me this week… (have you requested your mail in ballot? The deadline is fast approaching!) See you all back here next week!

 

The Avoidance of Friday

The Avoidance of Friday

Friday generally is the best day of the week – the doorway to the weekend.

But, today it seems to be the Monday-est Friday ever. Almost as if all the Monday’s of all time have been rolled into this one day.

Painful times infinity.

Today will be a day of avoidance for me – avoiding news, avoiding Facebook and Twitter, avoiding television and radio (sorry PBS and NPR – today I just can’t). I am not sure how I will manage this with how “technology-centric” my life is – but I am going to try. This also means no emails and no looking at my iPhone – a true challenge.

There will be no links today – although perhaps they might make a good distraction.

I will be reading, knitting, watching the birds (see above – a dule of doves?), and getting ready to stand up with the resistance tomorrow in Pittsburgh.

I have added a book to my “read list” We are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama by E.J. Dionne Jr. and Joy-Ann Reid. It is sad that President Obama’s farewell address is not in this book – I think it should be.

But, I will leave you today with President Obama’s Thank you – it is just what I needed for today, and I hope it is what you need too!

 

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