One of Glennon Doyle Melton's books, LOVE WARRIOR. I'm reading it now and it's a blessing.
Emily McDowell Studio napkins.
From the article, "'The Bachelorette' is a Necessary Shift in the Conversation about Black Womanhood."
This article. I regularly look to Glennon Doyle Melton for inspiration on how to live and think as a Christian liberal. One of my favorite lines of hers: “Just do the next right thing, one thing at a time.” Oprah.com recently published this piece of hers—titled “The Gift that Comes from Hitting Rock Bottom”—and it offers a fresh, joyous perspective on how to find the beauty and strength in life’s valleys.
This article about The Bachelorette. Though I'm not really a consistent watcher of the Bachelor or Bachelorette, I have found myself both cringing and enjoying its recorded mating rituals on many an occasion. The tears. The anxiety. The long, tortured stares at beautiful vistas. Roxane Gay wrote a really interesting piece regarding the latest season of The Bachelorette, which features an African American woman for the first time. Check out this gem from the article: "At long last, a black woman has the opportunity white women have long enjoyed: to be wooed in front of television cameras by a bevy of blandly attractive, muscular men with hairless bodies, vague job titles, fake tans, and eerily similar haircuts. This is what true equality looks like."
This show. The Handmaid’s Taleis both incredibly intense and incredibly crafted. The music, the colors, the voice-overs, the facial expressions of the characters…everything works together to create a world that is both terrifying and yet not without its hope.
This article featuring Mayor Mitch Landrieu's speech about taking down Confederate monuments in New Orleans. I've always been fascinated with the American Civil War, so much so that I used it as the theme of my rhetoric class for two years. One thing that I realized as a result of that class is that it's really hard to change some opinions about the Civil War--particularly when it comes to the cause of the war and how certain figures should be remembered. I love what Landrieu has to say about the effects that these monuments have on all Americans, and how they aren't just passive objects--they are promoting a version of history that's irresponsible, inaccurate, and damaging.