Hey There Friends! Our Nation is struggling and burning and I’ve been torn about writing this post. Last week I skipped posting because a post of lighthearted links seemed too trivial in the wake of the national discourse on race and violence. Since then it’s only gotten worse.
My heart is telling me that we need to keep talking about the light things too. That too much gravity is bad for the soul. When I checked in on an old friend over the weekend we talked about how she and her boys are doing, about safety and politics. Then she moved the conversation to baking and bicycles.
I’m a fortysomething white woman. I’m not your answer for race. In that arena I’m going to suggest that you look elsewhere. But don’t ask your friends of color to explain it to you. Rachel Cargle and Dr Tee Williams can be great places to start.
Since I’ve started off with the heavier topic, here’s my one heavy post. It’s a helpful post from another white woman on why some of the “helpful” things we say are actually racist.
Ok, I lied. I have two heavy posts. I couldn’t have only one link about race and have it be written by a white woman. Here’s the best explanation on why We Don’t Say “All Lives Matter” (just don’t). It was written by Rachel Cargle (who I mentioned above) last year.
With school ending and summer camps cancelled, here are some tips from the creative yet realistic Catherine Newman on hosting your own at-home summer camp.
That post lead me to another one on camping in your own backyard. Which, I must admit, I’ve never successfully achieved. Maybe as a child in someone else’s backyard? But once a spider was seen in the tent or I had to go inside to use the bathroom the allure of my own bed won out. I appreciate that she accepts this- not everyone actually wants to or will stay in the tent all night.
Since we’re talking summer, it’s time for summer foods. This wrap up post of Andie Mitchell’s has 5 great summer salads that look anything but boring.
While I was looking for reasons to stick with frivolous posts or not, I stumbled across this lovely little gem on the Freedom of Frivolity. What little frivolous touches can we add to our lives? Is it baking and bicycles? Flowers in the bathroom? Or (my personal favorites) candles and bubble baths?
I’d love to hear what you think about the posts above! Also, as always, if you have something you’ve read (or even better!) written that you think I’d like to read or share please share it with me!