Writing is hard for every last one of us- straight white men included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.
Cheryl Strayed, from Tiny Beautiful Things
Prayer was never meant to be magic,” Mother said.
“Then why bother with it?” Suzy scowled.
“Because it’s an act of love,” Mother said.
Madeleine L’Engle, A Ring of Endless Light
Say what you will about science and faith, but to me this has always been the definition of prayer. Yes, you can do more tangible things, but when all else fails, genuine prayer is an act of love, and that can never hurt.
My son learning how to work a bookshelf.
Stephen Colbert and Stephen King holding hands in matching sweaters.
We need to talk more about how we can support the various choices that mothers–parents–make for their families. We need to talk about why the US is the only industrialized nation not to mandate paid leave for new mothers. (Though hey! We’re in the good company of Swaziland and Papua New Guinea.) We need to talk about paternity leave. We need to talk about why women shouldn’t have too many photos of their kids on their desks if they want to be taken seriously. We need to talk about why, when fathers go back to work after the birth of a baby, not a single colleague will look at him with sad eyes and ask, “so…who’s taking care of the kids?” And then, voice lowered to convey maximum sympathy, “oh…are you okay with that?
sometimes there’s videos that make me happy to exist on this planet
Whatever, just Sir Patrick Stewart doing Shakespeare on Sesame Street.
The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas. 1844.