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Book Club: Last Night I Dreamed of Peace Pt. 3

If you enjoyed reading Last Night I Dreamed of Peace, or feel like you’re not done learning the lessons it initiated, here’s what I recommend…

Continue Reading:

Books –
The Sorrow of War
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places
Catfish and Mandala

Articles –
How the North Vietnamese remember the conflict 40 years after the fall of Saigon
Vietnam’s female spies who helped change the course of the war

Continue Watching:

YouTube Videos –
Viet Cong Tunnels and Traps
A Vietnamese Soldier’s Perspective
The Vietnam War’s Agent Orange Legacy

Documentary –
Chau, Beyond the Lines

Movie –
Dung Dot // Don’t Burn

Continue Listening:

Podcasts –
UnFictional – The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram
What is Agent Orange?

Continue Experiencing:

Field Trip –
Visit The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University

Stay tuned for Part 4! And if you want exclusive book club content (incl. the full reading list and FREE printables) sent straight to your inbox — SIGN UP HERE

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Book Club: The Truths We Hold Pt. 3

Last week, we learned a bit more about Kamala Harris by way of some additional content. I linked to interviews, articles, and videos that I hoped would help further your understanding of this political powerhouse.

Today, I’d like to use Kamala’s story as inspiration for other stories and messages I think are worthy of our examination. Below, you’ll find books about politics, fierce female leaders, feminism, and justice. Add these to your reading list if you drew power from The Truths We Hold. I think you’ll find their pages have a similar effect.

I’ve also included a round-up of documentaries that serve as excellent supplemental material for Kamala’s book. Watch the trailers and choose what looks most interesting. (Or watch all six!)

Finally, there’s a playlist of Kamala’s favorite jams (for our musically inclined readers) and a call to action to get involved with your favorite 2020 hopeful. Enjoy!

Continue Reading:

Books to add to your reading list – 

Continue Watching:

Documentaries – 

  • Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed [TRAILER]
  • Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise [TRAILER]
  • She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry [TRAILER]
  • A Ballerina’s Tale [TRAILER]
  • 13th [TRAILER]
  • The Women’s List [TRAILER]

Continue Listening:

Continue Experiencing:

  • Get the deets on ALL the 2020 presidential hopefuls! Read as much you can and stay informed on the issues. Look into what they’ve done and what they’re promising to do.
  • Find one you like? Get involved! This can be as simple as talking to friends about why you’re down for this particular person or as involved as hosting watch parties & volunteering with their campaign office.
  • For info on how to get involved with Kamala’s campaign — EVENTS / STORE / VOLUNTEER / DONATE 

Check out Part 2 for more with Kamala Harris.

Stay tuned for Part 4!

P.S. You can get a free Joyful Warrior sticker (pictured above) HERE.

6 True-Crime Documentaries For Your Inner Detective

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Over the last month or so I’ve been on a bit of a true-crime documentary binge. I just can’t get enough! There’s something about the unanswered questions, colorful cast of characters, and inevitable courtroom drama that captivates my little “Law & Order” lovin’ heart. So, I decided to round-up a few of my recent faves in case you’re feeling a similar urge.

If you binge watched The Jinx or Making a Murderer in a matter of days or waited anxiously for the release of each new episode of Serial, may I suggest giving one of these bad boys a try…

The Fear of 13

After more than 20 years on death row, a convicted murderer petitions the court for his long awaited execution. But as he tells his story, it becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems.

Amanda Knox

Follow the trial, conviction and acquittal of Amanda Knox for the murder of a fellow exchange student in Italy.

Who Took Johnny

An investigation of a cold case tries to determine what became of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, who disappeared 30 years earlier.

There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane

The accident made national headlines: a suburban mother drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in upstate New York and crashed head-on into an SUV, killing herself and seven others.  But was she the monster the public made her out to be?

Beware the Slenderman

The mythos of a faceless, digital-age bogeyman known as Slenderman was created on the Internet, but his influence was felt in the real world when two 12-year-old girls lured their friend into the woods for a brutal murder.

Paradise Lost Trilogy

Note: The previous five are all fairly new but Paradise Lost is more of a classic. If you’ve never seen the full trilogy, I definitely recommend watching all three. They’re pretty incredible and the filmmakers paved the way for this sort of storytelling. (Buy the DVD’s HERE.)

The landmark documentary that sparked an international movement to ‘Free the West Memphis Three’, PARADISE LOST investigates the gruesome 1993 murder of three eight-year-old boys and the three teenagers accused of killing them as part of a Satanic ritual. REVELATIONS delves deeply into the shocking aftermath of the trials, updating the story seven years after the murders. PURGATORY picks up the story and reexamines the horrifying crime with fresh insights that only the passage of time can provide.

Which would YOU watch? Oh, and what’s your favorite documentary of all time? I’d love to know!

P.S. Turning to True-Crime Books to Curb the Serial Withdrawals. Binge-Worthy TV Shows. 

mid-week round-up

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How’s your week going, friends? I can’t believe it’s February! I’m sure all you folks further North were pleased as punch that Punxatawney Phil didn’t see his shadow. Early Spring! Hope you all have a most wonderful day, and here are a few links in case you’re in a web-wandering mood…

In an interview with Tori Spelling, Lena Dunham captures the essence of my love for so many reality TV notables.

Discover the world through the eyes of some of the most well-traveled and talented photographers out there.

A reaction to the liberal backlash against Hillary.

Mid-Century Modern swoon.

Looking forward to this new documentary about the counter-culture icon Janis Joplin.

The 20 minute surgery that cured a prince’s deafness.

I would love if someone design-inclined gifted me a Matrimonial Map for my wedding.

A new series offering an insider’s peek into the last taboo facing modern working women–money.

Short answers to hard questions about Zika Virus.

Wedding inspo.

A book by my favorite MTV VJ!

The science of “Little House on the Prairie” aka “hi, I’m switching career paths immediately because this is all I want to do with my life now kthanxbaiiii.”

January favorites.

jan favorites 11. Wild 

The book was a huge favorite many months ago and I couldn’t wait to see it come alive on the big screen. Reese Witherspoon was fantastic as Cheryl Strayed and it was fun to revisit the story. I still, in my heart of hearts, desperately want to be a long-distance hiker. I also believe stories like Strayed’s matter and am happy for it to be told in multiple forms so more people see it.

2. Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candles

I’ve been having a bit of a candle moment lately and Christmas hooked me up with a supply. Nothing beats a trips-wick from BB&W. My favorites include; Endless Weekend, Eucalyptus Mint, and Leaves.

3. Malbec

I am by no means a wine snob and have trouble making decisions. So when this book, which I gifted my mom for Christmas, suggested January was a good time to give Malbec’s a go, I just went with it. My mother has been comparing Malbec’s from different countries and regions. I on the other hand went with the cheapest option at Trader Joe’s. Gradual refinement is fine with me.

4. 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene

Daily at-home yoga practice works so well to counteract the negative physical aspects of my desk job (not to mention my natural inclination towards tension headaches and racing thoughts). It’s also such a wonderful excuse to unwind and unplug.

5. Virunga

Nominated for an Academy Award, this touching documentary tells the story of a National Park, one of the most bio-diverse in the world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas, and the people working vigilantly to protect it from those who seek to destroy it. It’s available on Netflix so do yourself a favor.

6. YOU with Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver, who I’ve loved for ages, is the guy behind this fun new app. It’s kind of like Instagram with a purpose. Each day you’re given a micro-action to complete which you snap a picture of and explain in the description. The prompts range from noticing nature’s beauty to intentional snacking. It’s fun to see what other people come up with and it’s a great reminder each day that small actions matter and add up to a more purposeful life. P.S. It’s free to download.

7. Zen

A new-to-me sushi and sake bar in town. Sometimes you just want a little pomp and circumstance with your meal and I’ve found that places specializing in sushi are the best at this.

8. High Maintenance 

I may or may not have watched all available episodes of this web series, about a pot dealer and his various customers, over the course of just two nights. I found it laugh out loud funny. My friend Adam liked it too and I don’t think we’re usually wrong, soooo….

9. Roasted Jalapeno KIND bars

Sounds crazy but actually crazy delicious.

 

Netflix recommendations.

What to watch after a tough day at work…

Drinking Buddies

Why I loved it:

– If you, like me, work in the company of hipsters everyday; you will recognize every character.

– The entire film was improvised! WHUT?!

– Pairs so perfectly with a 6-pack of West 6th beer.

– Admit it: Mumblecore is just so damn relatable.

20 Feet From Stardom

Why I loved it:

– It takes a village to create awe-inspiring, catchy, successful music.

– The Academy certainly liked it. (This film won the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary.)

– Merry Clayton Radio has become a go-to Pandora station.

– Don’t we all, sometimes, feel like the Claudia Lennear to someone elses Mick Jagger?

What have you been watching on the ‘flix lately? Movies are one of my favorite ways to unwind!