* What America Buys is always interesting. Over the decades, we spend less on food and more on the unnecessary items. It’s a trip, don’t you think? How is it we complain these days about the price of apples yet freely go spend five bucks on a latte five times a week? How is it we complain about the cost of bus fare when many are spending hundreds of month on gas and insurance?
* Really noticed lately how the last 10 minutes of a 30 minute newscast on local television is focused on sports. Men’s sports. Possibly 30 second bit on a women’s soccer team but never before the Men’s Sports. Fuck that. I’m not dissing men’s sports as a form of entertainment, I’m dissing a male-dominated newscast that forgets that there are female athletes out there who deserve equal time on the air. Dropping the Ball on Covering Women’s Sports says what I’ve been wanting to articulate.
* Those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter know this is a subject near and dear to my heart: Why Are We Referring to Women as Girls?. As my friend Elizabeth pointed out, she gets irritated with the term “ladies” as well – and I get it, as there is a connotation to the term that is a bit old-school. Like the organization ChickTech – I love what their mission is all about, but use of the word “chick” to me is deeply offensive. I’m not 13, don’t call me a girl. Or a chick. Or a broad. These terms diminish adult women and we need to be more conscious of when and how they’re being used.
* While the savings portion is crap, the invention itself is totally rad. Check out this Recycling Closed-Loop Shower!
* Madly in love with the fact that there is the Zinn Education Project, inspired by A People’s History of the United States. After six months, I’ve finally finished his legendary book and am absolutely changed for the better having read it. Mandatory reading, I tell ya. (Why did it take 6 months? Besides it’s nearly 700 pages, every chapter is so impactful I’d have to take a breather just to mentally and emotionally absorb it all. Now I’m reading a fun book!)
* Finally – and this one is for my sweetheart who loves his coffee oh-so-much but recognizes its impact on the body, is 6 tips for Healthier Coffee Drinking. I learned recently that you should always eat something BEFORE you have that first cup of coffee so it doesn’t screw up your blood sugar and create a vicious cycle in your body, and wanted to learn more, so I’m diggin’ this piece that explains how to still get that fix while nourishing your body.