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Syrians Refugees & Our Failure

The images I’ve seen documenting the massive number of Syrians seeking refuge in Europe are heartbreaking and I hope they’re able to find a space place soon. Somewhere, somehow. We’ve been watching tragedy in Syria for too long to not have expected this.

Read about what’s going on:

I’m a planner, so: Advance Directives

Since I recently discovered my sister is apparently going to need some paperwork to handle things if my husband isn’t able (see: here), this video on Advance Directives from Healthcare Triage is perfectly timed.

Mortality isn’t easy to think about, maybe especially as an atheist, but being prepared and making things easier on loved ones is important, so I’m trying.


RBG, Boss Bitch

NPR’s story on a new book about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor has confirmed my suspicion that I’ve got to read it ASAP. I mean:

“Decades later, though, when she was nominated to the Supreme Court, one of her law school classmates regaled his Rotary Club pals, telling them she was known in law school by a particularly unattractive nickname. “When Ginsburg heard that this man had reported that her nickname at Harvard was ‘bitch,’ ” says Hirshman, “Ginsburg looked up and said, ‘better bitch than mouse.'”

More, please! See here for the rest on NPR & find the book, Sisters in Law, here.

Shelley's Annual Birthday Pic in front of the Chuy's wall,  2009

First: Sister

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: First!

I remember so much about my first day of Kindergarten. Where I woke up, who waited at the bus stop with me on the sidewalk in front of my next door neighbor’s house and snapped the pictures as I kicked off my first bus ride around lunchtime that day. And I remember who greeted me after school, and where we went when we instantly hopped in the car, instead of going in the house.

I can’t say I remember anything about the actual day at school though. I can remember my teacher and classroom, of course, but not specifically from the first day of school, just sort of in general and pieced together.

I remember so much about such a big day in my life, except the actual big thing. But that’s because something even bigger was going on that day and it captured all my memories and took up all my nerves and happiness for the day.

My baby sister was born.

Sarah and Shelley in Photobooth, 1989

Me (Age: 7) & Sister (Age: 2), 1989

I spent the night before my very first day of kindergarten in the hospital while my mom labored for hours. My grandmother was there and when it was time for school, because I really wanted to ride the bus, she took me home and let me wait at the bus stop, instead of dropping me off at school and rushing back to the hospital, which would have been quicker. It was a big day for me too.

She snapped several photos as I stood on the bus steps for the first time and not one captured my entire head. She was never the best with technology. (I’m working on finding these photos somewhere in my mom’s collection.) And my grandma was there when the bus returned me to the sidewalk after my very first day of school later that afternoon. We chatted about my day as we drove back to the hospital and she told me my sister had been born thirty minutes before. September 1, 1987 was a fantastic day in my life & I’ll never forget it.

Happy birthday, baby sis! I can’t believe it’s been 28 years since you made me a big sister & gave me the chance to be part of a fantastic lifelong duo.

Annual Birthday Pic in front of the Chuy's wall, 2012 (Age: 25)

Annual Birthday Pic in front of the Chuy’s wall, 2012 (Age: 25)

Diversity & Tech, Twitter-style

If you pay any attention to the tech world, you know there’s a diversity problem, so seeing the big tech companies share their stats and set goals to do better is awesome.

See: We’re committing to a more diverse Twitter

Love & appreciate this part: “We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter.”

34% of Twitter employees are women, but they only take up 13% of the tech positions, and the race makeup isn’t better, so clearly there’s work to do, and I’m glad to see them working on it, especially since I love Twitter.

Book Cover of Between the World and Me

Reading Rec: Between the World and Me

I’m still reading Ta-Nehisi Coates and my book is full of highlights I want to re-read, share, and remember forever like these:

“The question is not whether Lincoln truly meant ‘government of the people’ but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term ‘people’ to actually mean. In 1863 it did not mean your mother or your grandmother, and it did not mean you and me. Thus America’s problem is not its betrayal of ‘government of the people,’ but the means by which ‘the people’ acquired their names.”

“There is nothing uniquely evil in these destroyers or even in this moment. The destroyers are merely men enforcing the whims of our country, correctly interpreting its heritage and legacy.”

“You must resist the common urge toward the comforting narrative of divine law, toward fairy tales that imply some irrepressible justice. The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine. Enslavement was not destined to end, and it is wrong to claim our present circumstance — no matter how improved — as the redemption for the lives of people who never asked for the posthumous, untouchable glory of dying for their children.”

Between the World and Me is great, sad, an smart all at once. I’m still reading and highly recommend it. I’ll share a lot more on the book later, but I couldn’t resist getting started now, while I’m still reading, learning, absorbing.

Reading Update, Shorter Edition

Yesterday I shared the books I’ve recently read/am currently reading/will read next, which you should totally check out if you like romance novels and/or non-fiction.

Today, here are some shorter reads I recommend: