Happy Friday, folks!

I am spending this Friday morning the way all mornings should be spent: at a coffee shop (I have a knack for finding good ones no matter where I am), bottomless blue mug of liquid energy, good books sprawled across the table, chatter and clinking of dishes in the background. This is morning, and the morning is good. I’m hoping that you’re enjoying yours from your own little place of comfort.A few things from this week…

One. My current podcast obsession: Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. I’ve taken to listening to podcasts to break up my long runs, and Gladwell’s been a favorite author of mine for years. His podcasts delve into the forgotten and misunderstood—from exploring the effectiveness of political satire to exploring experimental genius in the 15 years it took “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen to become a hit. The 30-40 minute podcasts are a great think piece while walking your dog or driving to work.

photo: open culture

Two. One of the weirder news stories I’ve encountered. Passengers Trapped On Train After Woman Throws Cartons of Bugs. I mean, what?

Three. Continuing to shake my head at a justice system that points to age and privilege as an excuse for not prosecuting sexual assault to the fullest extent of the law. To quote RAINN president Scott Berkowitz: “”I think that the judge’s sympathies were misplaced in this case. This offender’s college career shouldn’t have been the priority. Punishment for the act he committed should be the priority.”

Four. This week’s What I’ve Learned Wednesday was intensely personal, and it should be: one in four adults suffers from a diagnosable mental illness, and all of us have been pushed to our physical and mental limits. I share my own struggles with stress and anxiety as well as coping mechanisms that have restored peace and joy to my life (hint: it first starts with breaking down the stigma).

Five. The end of summer means we need excuses to shove as much fresh fruit in our faces as possible. I’m thinking this Watermelon Peach Caprese Salad or a Blueberry Pecan Galette. Porch season’s over soon, folks–let’s get to it!

photo: bon appétit

That’s it from me, y’all. Have a stellar weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday.





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