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What it do, baby-boos? Yesterday I brought back my favorite South Florida perk — the 2 p.m. break from work to to take a dip in the pool!!! Now I’m just struggle-bussin’ it through the last half of the work week when all I wanna do is drink boulevardiers, watch this docu-series on Netflix that everyone’s been raving about, and make pocket letters. Eeps! Weekend where are you??? Hope you’ve got some enticing weekend plans in mind, and here are a few links I found fascinating…

Why is there so much focus on no-platforming at elite universities, when hundreds of colleges across America regularly suppress speech?

Starting your day in a way that works for YOU.

Related: Don’t Hide Your Hustle – Lucy, Graphic Designer

The 33 most exciting new books of 2018.

The maternity care desert in Washington D.C.

A teenager told police all about his gang, MS-13. In return, he was slated for deportation and marked for death.

Gun fatalism is reasonable in a terrifying country.

Native American lacrosse teams reported racial abuse. Then their league expelled them.

Smashing guiding’s glass ceiling.

Related: On the Rooftop of the World

How women see how male authors see them.

As gentrification closes in, immigrants in Lincoln Heights see their American dream slipping away.

The weird true story of the rise and fall of the waterbed.

The most Instagrammed location in every state. (Summer road trip inspiration!!)

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mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week, my friends? With Chet still out of town, I’ve been holed up getting work projects done during the day and watching ridiculous movies at night (and eating super, single-lady burritos for dinner, ha!). I’ve barely left the house since getting back from California! Speaking of, would you be interested in reading what I did in L.A.? I’m thinking about posting something on Friday. 🙂 Hope you have a magnificent evening, and here are some links for your reading pleasure…

States that give midwives a greater role in patient care achieve better results on key measures of maternal and neonatal health.

When did Americans stop marrying their cousins?

Portraits of hard living in America.

5 unexpected things happy people have in their kitchens.

Related: Tips and Tricks for Surviving (and cooking) in a Tiny Kitchen

As more American parents work low-wage jobs with unusual hours, they’re turning to 24-7 daycare centers to help raise their children.

Dolly Parton likes to give away books.

Related: 5 reasons I can’t get enough Dolly

The new “Queer Eye” is a reboot, not a retread.

Have you ever used magnesium oil to help with muscle soreness?

Men write history, but women live it.

Related: Books to read if you’re in search of a history lesson…

Wouldn’t this look adorable on the mantel of a California bungalow?

The homeless in L.A. are not who you think they are.

Why inner-city schools don’t have mass shootings.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Lexington Eats: Where + What and Five Great Poetry Books!

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What have you been up to friends? On Saturday, our friends from Kentucky passed through on their way home from The Keys and we had a lovely time visiting with them. I love having visitors from further north to remind us that it IS a darn delight to eat outdoors in January. 🙂 Also, loving my little Internet community who chimed in on my posts about decluttering and mornings. Makes me feel like we’re all in this life thing together and everyone is doing their best to figure it out! In that same vein, check out this post from Danie and this one from Jasmin. Have a great rest of your day, and here’s some more reading material…

Is “RuPaul’s Drag Race” the most radical show on TV?

Related: 5 reasons I can’t get enough RuPaul.

Which color would you choose for February?

How Aly Raisman’s leadership reformed women’s gymnastics – and heralded Larry Nassar’s downfall.

Nine humanitarian activists face federal charges after leaving water for migrants in the Arizona desert.

How the app “Chat!” is making STD and contraception information into a game and helping Cambodian garment workers at the same time.

Where does great culture come from? How do you build and sustain it in your group, or strengthen a culture that needs fixing? This book has answers.

Kesha’s 2018 Grammys performance was even braver than you might realize.

12 excellent graphic novel recommendations.

Related: And one more for good measure.

The more we study dolphins, the brighter they turn out to be. (Old article but I thought it was interesting.)

A prize launched for thrillers that don’t involve violence against women.

The far out history of how hippie food spread across America.

Related: Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Long Hairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat by Jonathan Kauffman

“The Husband Stitch” isn’t just a horrifying childbirth myth.

P.S. If you liked these articles, consider following me on Facebook! I post interesting links throughout the week. 🙂 

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Hi folks! Sorry for the radio silence but the past week has been crazy! Last Wednesday, it started to become quite clear that Hurricane Irma was going to make a direct hit on Florida. After the 11 am models came out, showing the possibility of a Miami landfall, we loaded up the car and hit the road. The traffic was insane! And gas and hotel rooms were scarce. (You can read where we ended up spending the night on this Instagram post.) About 28 hours of driving time later, we FINALLY reached our destination. Crazy to think we were part of the largest mass evacuation in U.S. history. The devastation in Florida will be long-lasting and I’m so grateful we had a safe place to go to weather the storm. Now we’re just waiting around to make sure our return trip is as uneventful as possible. (There are lots of reports of road closures due to flooding and gas shortages.) In the mean time, here’s what I’ve been reading…

An Australian snake may have evolved all-black scales to cope with pollution.

On gender specific toys and stereotyping children.

If you’re in the market for a studio apartment in Budapest, this one is ADORABLE.

30 Autumn blog post ideas to curb your bloggin’ writer’s block.

Seven days of heroin. This is what an epidemic looks like.

27 of the best books to read this Fall.

Perfectly imperfect. (Cents of Style sent me this bracelet recently and I love it!)

People are shaming Kate Middleton for her pregnancy and it’s actually so offensive.

If you’re a Southern gal or guy gone vegetarian and have a hankering for comfort food, this cookbook has got you covered.

How to enjoy working on the weekends.

What Dreamers gained from DACA, and what they stand to lose.

To understand rising inequality, consider janitors at two top companies, then and now.

P.S. A couple Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Book Review: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger and Weekend Uniforms: Dressy, Casual, and In the Middle.

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What have you been up to, my dears? This past weekend my dear friend Adam came to town! We enjoyed delicious food, lounged by the pool, and spent a day at the beach. It was so nice to have him here, and it makes me wish we lived in the same city…or at least a little closer. I finished this book while we were at the beach. I’m feeling compelled to learn more about circus before the final Ringling shows draw to a close this year. But enough about going to the beach in February (!), here are some links from around the web…

The forgotten history of “The Oregon Trail,” as told by its creators.
“I remember watching 7th and 8th grade kids improve in reading. Their “lives” depended on it.”

My husband sent me this link and said, “You’re denying the reality.” #TeamRinse

Stop apologizing for the pop culture you love.

The hidden history of the laundry chute.

How racism harms pregnant women — and what can help.
“And so we come back to the path from discrimination to stress to poor health, and it begins to paint a picture that many people of color know to be true: racism is actually making us sick. Still sound like a stretch? Consider this: immigrants, particularly black and Latina immigrants, actually have better health when they first arrive in the United States. But the longer they stay in this country, the worse their health becomes.”

My favorite way to take my vitamins.

“Arthur said he was a 23-year-old Belgian orphan. He wasn’t, but he was a good companion.” 

RuPaul’s Drag Empire is built on a foundation of humor.

Genius.

Inside the case that could protect homeless people against unwarranted police searches.

Immigrant mother in Denver takes refuge as threat of deportation looms.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Recipe: Cheesy Cauliflower and Book Review: The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger.

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What’s new with y’all on this lovely Wednesday evening? Personally, I’m pretty excited that my dinner is cooking away in a crock-pot (#setit #forgetit) and that there are old seasons of Hell’s Kitchen on Hulu. If you’re in the mood, here are some links for you to EXPLORE!

Obamacare repeal threatens health benefit to Black Lung survivors.

So you want to be an ally? Check out Safety Pin Box.

Audiences of the final Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shows are being treated to this quintessential circus song (which has been missing from the bands repertoire for years).

Related: 50 circus animals need new homes! 

This lamp would make a cool, dramatic statement in a living room. I love the marble base!

Who killed Julian Pierce?

Quiz: What’s your email patronus?

Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world.

Abducted at birth and found 18 years later.

The scam that fooled Arthur Conan Doyle.

How a grad student found spyware that could control anybody’s iPhone from anywhere in the world.

Alternatives to Resting Bitch Face.

Now this is an idea I FULLY endorse!

P.S. A few posts from yours truly — A Book Wish-List and Strike a (Power) Pose!

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Happy Wednesday! What are y’all up to? We ran a bunch of errands yesterday in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, and today I’m brainstorming ways to entertain myself in the event we lose power. (Reading by candlelight? Knitting by flashlight?) Hopefully it doesn’t come to that but always good to be prepared! If you’re in the projected path, I hope you’re staying safe. Now, here are some links I found interesting, in case you’re in the mood…

Shirley Jackson wrote 17 books while raising 4 children — and she couldn’t have had a successful career without them.

Just one more reason to drink lots of wine before Christmas.

Novelists weigh in on cultural appropriation.

Imagine if Donald Trump were a woman.

A traditional cake for new mothers.

A beginner’s guide to meditation.

Jailed when her boyfriend killed her son, she is free at last.

Can clothes really open up a whole new world?

Young rural women in India chase big-city dreams.

The real reason 5 decades of women’s progress has stalled.

A fun Friday night once meant going to the velodrome to watch cyclists collide.

Irish people watch the presidential debate.

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Have any big plans for the holiday weekend? I recently nabbed an extra part-time job (no rest for the wicked!) and have opted to work for the majority of the time. However, I’ve been reading this book, which has inspired me to want to pick up a copy of Vogue and leaf through the pages by the pool. If only this tropical storm would get out the way!!! In the mean time, I’m excited to share more details of our wedding weekend. Back tomorrow with the rehearsal picnic! Stay tuned. Now onto some links…

Jessie Graff makes American Ninja Warrior history.

A glorious obsession with the melodic alternation between the fifth and the third.

Meet the meticulous artist behind those happy trees.

Hanging from the rafters of the Hurricane Hall of Fame.

Read this if you love courtroom dramas, midwifery, or both!

People you shouldn’t know.

Birth records at Old Blockley paint a picture of the institution beyond mere numbers.

The crew of a Mars simulation emerges after a full year.

How performing in theater can help build empathy in students.

Having “The Talk” in Sign Language.

What if women had never won the vote? 

“I want to go back and rebuild Syria.”

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How’s your week faring? I got a dose of winter over the weekend during my quick trip up to Kentucky. There was snow on the ground when I woke up Sunday morning and snowed the whole way down to the Nashville Airport (where I was flying out from). I was worried my flight wouldn’t make it out! I so enjoyed getting to spend some time with the Western Kentucky University Forensics Team and loved catching up with friends. A piece of my heart is forever and always reserved for these folks and that team. I’m beyond blessed whenever I get the opportunity to go back and watch new generations speak their truths and their passions. Ok y’all, have a fantastic rest of your week, and before you go, enjoy a perusal of the links below…

Kiese Laymon reflects on Bill Cosby and sexual violence.

When studying religion makes you a liberal.

Hospital bags around the world.

A wedding photographer opens up about her own rehearsal dinner.

It’s not just Flint.

People of all ages influence linguistic change.

Rehearsal recordings and demos from Full the musical.

This couple transformed an old church bus into a beautiful RV.

The midwives of El Paso.

Behind the scenes at a prison beauty pageant in Brazil.

How to become a powerful communicator.

Peek inside the pantry of a registered dietitian.

P.S. In case you missed it, check out my thoughts on saying “you’re welcome” and a new addition to my capsule wardrobe. 

(Bill Cosby and sexual violence article via Adam. Photo shared with me by my dear friend Corn.)