"Strong Like Mom" Boy's T-Shirt sold at Target, and found via Babble. Yes! We don't have to teach our kids to have role models along strict gendered lines. Moms and Dads are strong, and I want my son to know that.
Glennon Doyle Melton's post, "Think Big, Love Small." My parents raised me going to nondenominational churches. At different points of my life, church has been more or less of a fixture—though my faith has for the most part remained steady. As I’ve grown increasingly liberal, it’s sometimes hard for me to reconcile some churches’ teachings with what I value and how I interpret God and God’s love. The latest controversy surrounding transgender children, men, and women, is one such example. Glennon’s post is a beautiful example of how being a Christian and being a liberal aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s possible to be both. In fact, I think that many values associated with Christianity are also associated with the liberal ideology. Read this whether you identify as a Christian or not.
Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle: Chocolate Chip. Um, yeah. This stuff is amazing. One of my best friends, Laura, and I were talking recently about how we’re not huge fans of brittle, but this has maybe changed our mind. The brittle is crispy and yet the chocolate chips are soft and it’s all so good. I bought a big bag from Costco for under $7—yet another reason that I love Costco. Thank you, Ofelia, for introducing us to this delightful treat!
The Noisy Orchestra. One of my sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law gave Sam this book for Christmas and we are loving it. It’s published by Usborne and it’s a sound book featuring, of all things, a noisy orchestra. The buttons are for the strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and entire orchestra. I think that I might like pressing the buttons more than Sam does.
Last Seen database. I’m so grateful that people are doing important work like adding tragic records like these to public databases. According to the website, “Last Seen offers genealogists and researchers a new tool for telling family stories of separation and survival during slavery, emancipation, and Civil War. The site offers easy access to thousands of 'Information Wanted' advertisements, like this one, taken out by former slaves and United States Colored Troops searching for family members lost by sale, flight, or enlistment.” These newspaper ads are heartbreaking reminders that slavery forcibly separated loved ones—among other offenses and tragedies. I’ve unfortunately heard some people state that some historical accounts of close relationships between slaveowners and slaves suggest that slavery wasn’t as bad as people say. That is false, and a very dangerous delusion/lie/misunderstanding.
Zootopia, available on Netflix. If you haven’t seen this film, you need to add it to your list. The cast is amazing—Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Idris Elba (who plays a bull in the movie and who I’ve realized has an incredibly sexy voice). And there’s so much in this movie that’s relevant to current events: how we label and judge others, how we perceive certain people as threats, the value of diversity and respect, etc. We could all learn a lot from this movie, whether you’re a child or an adult.
Orchids. My very favorite place to buy orchids is Trader Joe’s. They’re very reasonably priced and they come in a variety of colors. I’m drawn to these flowers for multiple reasons: they’re beautiful, they’re unique and distinctive with exquisite markings, and they’re finicky but easy to keep alive once you get the hang of them. Daniel and I have bought a few for a shelf that we have above our bathtub, and I get such a triumphant feeling every time I see a fresh bud growing and then unfurling.