February Things 2018

We got home from San Diego on the first day of February. We stayed with our dear friends, Doug and Staci. Yes! The same Staci who runs the travel site, The Voyageer. If you ever get a chance–definitely go visit your friend the travel blogger who lives in one of the best vacation destination cities in the US. 10/10 highly recommend. We, seriously, had the best time! Truly, one of the most fun and relaxing vacations we’ve ever taken. Here’s a post that Staci wrote up following our visit!

Lately, I’ve been really drawn to reading and learning about physical beauty. I’m super into it as a theory–not so much about chasing it but about what is beautiful and why. I’m loving these new posts that LaTonya Yvette is posting about “the beauty we choose to dismiss and/or makes us self conscious, different, or had an integral part in the way in which we’ve grown up”. This particular piece is about freckles.

Don’t read this NPR piece, make sure you listen to it. It’s only two minutes long. It’s worth it. Two Vets Celebrate Love: ‘If You Came to See the Bride, You’re Out of Luck’

I’m 1000% on board with this grandma’s family-dinner-related dating advice! We’ve all got our deal breakers. “Grandma Daniels rejected the idea that women should get less of anything: whether education, respect, or protein.”

I love interviews with photographers (here’s my most recent one, actually) because I think they tend to see the world in just a tiny bit different way than other people. This interview with Bridget Badore is full of stunning, practical insights. “I began to realize how important it is for personal narrative to be accessible. That’s how people build empathy outside of their immediate surroundings. Sharing your feelings is one of the strongest and bravest things you can do. I came to realize that you’re doing the people in your life a disservice if you’re not honest with them about your experiences.”

“Many so-called allies honestly believe that they’re fighting the good fight because they donate or protest at every chance they get. But if they’re not standing up for people like me when it counts the most, when we’re alone in institutional spaces that don’t make room for us, maybe they need to rethink their use of the label.” Academic Allies Treat My Queerness With Comfort, My Blackness With Hostility

I wrote a little bit about self-care: what it is and what it isn’t.

I wrote a travel piece called “Passengers of Size” for the Spring Issue of &/Both–our Body Issue. Click here to place your order.


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