I'm away this week at Cub Scout camp, so in my absence, here are some links that I hope inspire, confound and entertain. Onward:
THE STATE OF THE WORLD
Lots here this week, starting with A Janitor Preserves the Seized Possessions of Migrants. Like belts:
Careful readers of my work will remember the story from Sabbath in the Suburbs of the "bus stop moms" who petitioned for a change in bus schedule such that the kids at our stop ended up getting home four minutes earlier. Many similar behaviors in this article, and their effects on schools.
Sigh... hard not to get pretty "burn it all down" up in here. (Glimmer of hope: the gap is almost non-existent among younger populations.)
The protest, blocking the front doors and driveway of ICE's building along Southwest Macadam Avenue, has forced the suspension of agency work since June 18. The Portland occupation, the first nationwide, is an attempt to disrupt President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that has treated refugees seeking asylum as criminals and separated small children from their parents.
Portland gotta Portland... and I'm glad they do.
A kids' game that teaches about inequality and injustice. (Hint: not all squares are the same size.) Great for youth groups to address issues of privilege.
FIGHT BACK WITH BEAUTY
I love the results of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Current favorite:
Did you see Incredibles 2, and the lovely short film, Bao, which preceded the movie? Here's an exploration of the short's cultural resonances.
LIVE AND LOVE BETTER
From the Improvised Life website: Understand That the Glass Is Already Broken. I've been thinking about this one for days.
Feeling totally overwhelmed by the pace of news? Here's a twitter thread written by a former CIA military analyst, who had to manage information and misery overload for a living. Good, practical, comforting advice here.
And from the On Being blog, We Are Not Middle Aged: What Medieval Women Taught Me About My 40s. Oh how I loved this one. I love my spouse, who is my favorite person, and the thought of losing him makes me ache, but I also know that if he dies before I do, I'm joining or establishing a beguinage.
BONUS: ANNALS OF SELF PROMOTION
Lastly and leastly, I was recently interviewed for the Give and Take podcast. Fun conversation! Also check out some recent reviews of God, Improv, and the Art of Living at the Presbyterian Outlook and Anglican Journal (Canada).