- In our efforts to deep-clean the house in preparation for sale, getting in the nooks and crannies of our stove was a priority, and this de-greaser recipe is pretty darn awesome. And yeah, it’s just a variation of the many other types of DIY cleaners using stuff we all (should) have around the house.
- Serious inspiration: prisons with no guards in Brazil – and a focus (gasp!) on rehabilitation. In a country with the 4th largest prison population (behind China, Russia, and yes – the US), this is a huge example that could make a massive impact if followed by ours.
- As I’m crying in my garden because I am not growing any fruits and veggies (beyond chives and parsley that are potted and coming along), I’ll be thinking about homegrown strawberries longingly. So for those buying them? Remember they are in the “Dirty Dozen” – so buy organic. Seriously.
- “Facebook inadvertently played a key role in spreading hate speech, which fueled tensions between the Rohingya and Burma’s Buddhist majority…Facebook was slow to deal with hate speech and misinformation on its platform even after repeated attempts to flag the dangerous content…In Sri Lanka, alleged inaction by Facebook in the face of the spread of anti-Muslim hate speech even led the government to temporarily block the website in March.” People bitch and moan about not having any control over the way things are in the world yet they keep fucking Facebooking. Fuck that shit. You want to give your data away, that’s your prerogative. But the fact of the matter is that if you are on Facebook with full knowledge of complete disinterest Mark Zuckerberg has in truly making it a safe place (another case in point: “Facebook allowed a fake page about Black Lives Matter — which raised $100,000 and was the largest Black Lives Matter page on the platform — to remain active, even after a founder of the racial justice organization notified Facebook that the page was fake. On Monday, a CNN investigation revealed that the page was a “scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia.” “, YOU are contributing to the problem by having an account with them. If you still have a Facebook account, you support their actions – and inactions. Period.
- “We want our boys to keep being like boys because masculinity is still where the power lies.” This article was so intensely accurate it is nauseating. Why girls can be boyish but boys can’t be girlish examines the bullshit double standard out there that many, many families promote, whether deliberately or inadvertently. From choosing pink or blue at the start of life to referring to girls as tomboys (gawd I hate that term) to the creepy cults like ManKind Project, whose leaders tell men that the women in their lives have “emasculated” them, to John Goodman’s character making fun of his gender-fluid grandson for wearing nail polish. “Today, there’s not a single traditionally masculine thing a girl can do that would raise eyebrows…Meanwhile, there’s still not a single traditionally feminine thing a boy can do that wouldn’t raise eyebrows…The tomboy phenomenon is more than 400 years old and has gone from outsider to aspirational to anachronistic over the course of the 20th century; the tomgirl remains a nonstarter. Describe a boy with a phrase that includes the word “girl” in it, and you’re likely to make his parents’ spines quiver, including those of many of the feminist dads I know.”
- The whiteness of national parks – read this, then do something to change that. Really, you can do something !
- And finally, as my husband prepares to what I affectionately refer to as Piggie Camp, I learned more about Pig Cheer, what he’ll be eating after partaking in a traditional slaughter, and the cultural impact of that community that has disappeared from most places in our country. I am so proud of him for taking this on, and know it’s going to blow his mind. But dang, I’m gonna miss him – we have only spent 4 or 5 nights apart total since we got married 4 years ago!
Oh yeah, and turn this up, gentle readers…(Cynthia – dance to this outside your RV!)…