A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? My kids have school off today (except Betty), so we’re having a readathon to kick off the four-day weekend. We made a late-night Target run and filled our cart with junk food (think: bagel bites, poppers, potato chips). We’re snacking and lounging and reading and generally having a chill day.

I should be in a really good mood, but it’s hard not to be upset by the headlines right now, you know? The news stories that have come out this week about immigrant families being separated are horrifying — parents aren’t even told where their children are, and they are kept apart for months at a time. I think I would go insane.

This immigration headline blows my mind: the government has lost 1475 migrant children. Also, migrants are now required to wear yellow wristbands? For real? And this report details a long list of allegations from 2014 of migrant children being beaten, kicked and threatened with sexual abuse by our border patrol — allegations that still haven’t been dealt with; apparently this kind of border patrol behavior has only gotten worse as immigration has tightened up, with no improvement in protocols to prevent it. What is going on?

To my readers who have immigration reform high on your list of priorities, are you seeing these stories? Are they as upsetting to you as they are to me? What is your take? Do these stories look different from your point of view? For those people wanting to help, there are ideas in this thread.

Speaking of current headlines, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

Twelve links I think you’ll love.

Five (Non-Fiction) Books That Caught My Eye

I was thinking about the books on my nightstand the other day — they are mostly fiction, with a little bit of memoir mixed in to keep things fresh. But when I think about interesting books I like to give as gifts, or stack on my coffee table, they are almost always non-fiction options. You too?

Here are five that caught my eye recently.

Let me know which one seems right up your alley.

Walking the Powerful Woman Tightrope

I saw RBG the other night. Have you heard of it? It’s a documentary about the career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I didn’t understand how emotional I would feel as I watched it, but I started crying at two minutes in, and was a ball of tears off and on throughout. I went into the movie not knowing much about her (outside of the Notorious RBG memes that have been popular the last few years), and loved learning how she carefully and systematically built a legal foundation for working toward women’s equality. Her career is really quite remarkable.

One of the things that struck me throughout the documentary was her appearance. I couldn’t shake the idea that every detail about the way she presented herself affected whether or not she would be listened to and taken seriously by her peers — who were essentially all men.

Let me explain what I mean. Keep reading.

Living With Kids: Sara Davis

Living With Kids: Sara Davis featured by popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

Sara’s home is gorgeous and charming, curated and stylish. Best part? She’s a big DIYer and has done a lot of the work with her handy husband, Steve. They live in a little town outside of Indianapolis, and their home is full of traditional pieces with modern finishes, and gorgeous colors throughout. Sara is also an entrepreneur, a blogger and a former greeting card designer. Her positive attitude and her welcoming digs are going to make you want to pick out some DIY projects to tackle in your own home. Please say hello to Sara!

Every room is more beautiful than the one before. Keep reading to see more!

What Are Your Thoughts on a Female God?

What Are Your Thoughts on a Female God? By popular lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

Not to stress anyone out, but I’m hoping you’re up for a religious discussion today. (Amazing t-shirt here.)

I went to a poetry reading last night to mark the publication of a new book focused on poems about Heavenly Mother, and it got me curious about your thoughts. The book, by the way, is called Dove Song

A fun fact you may or may not know is that Heavenly Mother, a Goddess, spouse, partner and equal to God/Heavenly Father, is part of Mormon doctrine. In early Mormon history, Heavenly Mother was written about quite a bit, and then, in the 1900s, she mostly stopped being mentioned. By the 1970’s and the arrival of the equal rights movement, many Mormon women were angry that Heavenly Mother, a unique and important part of the doctrine, had been all but erased and forgotten. They started writing poems and essays about Her and attempted to bring Her back into Mormon religious discussions.

Though their efforts were diligent, Heavenly Mother didn’t make it back into Mormon Sunday School manuals or discussions in a big way. And as I grew up in the Mormon Church, I was taught She existed, but not much else. She was rarely if ever brought up.

In the last few years, as women in the Mormon Church have demanded more equality, another resurgence of writings about a female God is happening. And I’m loving it.

As I was listening to the poems last night, I was struck that they didn’t sound particularly Mormon to me — I wasn’t hearing typical Mormon lingo. Instead, they just sounded really feminist to me. And I thought they would appeal to anyone who craves a more feminine deity. Here are a couple of examples:

Keep reading for my own thoughts on a female God.



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