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mid-week round-up

What’s up you guys? Monday was our two-year anniversary and we celebrated by going out to dinner and buying a couch! (I feel like that’s an appropriate gift for the “Cotton” Anniversary, no?) Now Chet’s birthday is right around the corner (on Sunday)! So much to celebrate in July!! Hope you have a fantastic Wednesday, and here are some little corners of the internet I think might be worth your time to travel to…

What is collagen?

Many people struggle to say no when their manager asks something unreasonable. Here’s how.

Lizzo creates the playlist of her life.

Related: This song is everything.

Camping this summer? This will let you drink from a creek without dying!

Related: 8 necessities for long hiking trips.

Yoga for the Cancers out there!

The woman who made jewelry for Billie Holiday and Brigitte Bardot.

This movie looks break-your-heart good.

What’s going on in your child’s brain when you read them a story?

Related: Our storytelling minds.

A clarinetist’s career gets derailed by an ex-girlfriend.

21 tips, tricks, and pieces of great advice for making your vacation that much better.

Positive vibes.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — In need of a pep talk? and Tips and Tricks for Surviving (and Cooking) in a Tiny Kitchen.

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Vote Today!

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Today’s the day! I couldn’t be more proud to cast my ballot for Hillary Rodham Clinton and celebrate this historic day.

Anyways, I hope you’ll GO VOTE! Here’s how to find out your polling place and here’s what you’ll need to bring with you. And, if you feel like doing more, here’s how you can call other voters today!

#ImWithHer

In the words of Ms. Hepburn…

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I recently finished reading Me: Stories of My Life by Katharine Hepburn, a unique autobiography complete with tell-all history and distinguishable voice. Hepburn shares her life story in quick bursts of remembrance, beginning with her childhood in Hartford. She then recounts her college years and theater beginnings followed by the early Hollywood screen tests which would catapult her to film fame and then legacy. All the while she shares details about her famous relationships with men, including her 27 year affair with Spencer Tracy.

If you’re a fan of her films, I recommend giving this autobiography a read. The book revisits nearly every movie she was in, from casting to premiere, and the inside peek at the woman behind the talent makes watching them again all the more enjoyable. She was a fascinating firecracker. Here are a few of her insights in her own words…

On her mother – “the greatest gift she gave us was freedom to be noisy, to yell. No nags. Do it? Yes, do it! And tell me about it.”

On young love – “I took one look at him and I was stricken with whatever it is that strickens one at once and for no reason when one looks at a member of the opposite sex.”

On looking at reviews – “I never look at notices. So they don’t exist. Or at movies that I have made. They don’t exist. My past sins, so to speak.”

On helping others – “If you are going to help anybody who is in trouble, this is not a two-hour-a-day job. It is a twenty-four-hour-a-day job. You won’t do anything else if you decide that you are going to resurrect and rearrange a human being.”

On the power of thought – “You’ve got to dream up everything. I believe in miracles. I believe that here we are and we can be in severe physical trouble. But if our spirits aren’t in severe physical trouble, then we can rise up out of it. That’s what we’ve got that the animals really haven’t got.”

On being wrong – “He was not afraid to be wrong. That is a terrible disease.”

On growing old – “Heard a funny thing the other day. Someone asked someone who was about my age: “How are you?”

Answer: “Fine. If you don’t ask for the details.”

That’s about it. Isn’t it?”

On the meaning of love – LOVE has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give–which is everything. What you will receive in return varies. But it really has no connection with what you give. You give because you love and you cannot help giving.”

On Spencer’s acting – “Who was he? I never really knew. He had locked the door to the inside room…I only suspected that inside that room was a powerful engine which ran twenty-four hours a day at full speed. It turned out some remarkable people–yes–all those different people.”

On Spencer’s death – “He looked so happy to be done with living, which for all his accomplishments had been a frightful burden to him. So quiet. He who had turned and turned in that bed. No one able to help him really. One builds one’s own jail.”

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As soon as I finished the book, I consulted my friend (and resident Hepburn expert) Ben on what movies I should watch now that I’m a full-fledged fan! I’ve watched Katharine movies with Ben over the years; A Bill of Divorcement, Bringing Up Baby, Stage Door–but the book really made me want to watch more! He suggested The Lion in Winter, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Spencer Tracy’s last film), The Glass Menagerie, and The Philadelphia Story. Looks like I’ll be busy!!!

P.S. Now I’m reading Tina Fey’s Bossypants and it’s so interesting to see how things have changed (and HAVEN’T) for women in the entertainment industry. The overwhelming similarity between the two women? They refuse to be someone they’re not simply because there are men in the room.

Are you a Katharine Hepburn fan? What’s your favorite of her films? Have you read her autobiography? Would you? I think you’d be surprised how much you can hear her throughout the book.