Happy birthday to this guy...my guy...I don't gush about him much in this space, but let's just agree that he's a great match for me, and I appreciate him and his love immensely.
I'm going to walk a 10K. I'm not even sure I can walk 10km, but I'm going to try. At the end, there will be cured meats, artisan cheeses, wines from local vineyards, and craft beer. Reward me with food. Please, and thank you. If you feel so inclined to support a worthy cause (and support me), you can make a contribution here.
A fascinating, scary, informative, and interesting read: The psychology of why 94 deaths from terrorism are scarier than 301,797 deaths from guns. And, I suppose I should mention, I'm not trying to take away allllll the guns from every American. I just think sensible regulations are worth discussing (and enforcing.) But, enough of what I think, read that article. I swear it is all the things I said it is -----> fascinating, scary, informative, and interesting.
I had an in-depth conversation with a friend the other night. I'm going to try to keep it simple when summing it up: She is American, in her young twenties, and entering a master's program here in Sydney. She is a survivor of a sexual assault that occurred approximately two years ago. She reported it to the police. No charges were filed. You know, that whole "he said/she said" reason. Her parents are big Trump supporters. She asked her parents (after some failed attempts to explain to them why she did not support their choice for President) to not talk "politics" with her anymore. An argument ensued. The parents ended up telling her that there is no correlation between her sexual assault experience, and the women that accused DT of inappropriate sexual behavior. Her parents didn't talk to her for a month, and then when they did contact her, they demanded an apology for being disrespectful to them. Again, this is me trying to keep it simple. I've been thinking about this ever since she and I talked.
One, I'm thinking of my friend. Her assault, her struggle, her emotions and feelings, her strength, her path of healing. Two, I'm thinking of other victims. Those out there who may be struggling silently. Or arguing with loved ones. Who are needing support but not getting it. Three, I'm thinking of people like my friend who reported her assault to the police but got little to no support from authorities. She is not my first friend to tell me a similar story. Four, I'm thinking of the negative impacts that this election season and new administration has triggered in victims of sexual misconduct. Some are feeling like the American people excuse such behaviors. My friend specifically mentioned this. She also mentioned the laughable sentence received by the convicted rapist, Brock Turner. Five, I'm thinking we have a long way to go to smash this rape culture that is still alive and real and prevalent.
Do you know about Booksgiving by The Bloggess? Check out this link. It's wonderful. Gifting books to strangers. I love it. I gifted one.
Do y'all know about NE Patriots Tight End (and former Texas A&M University Aggie) and his children's book? I love stories about athletes who aren't just athletes. NFL Star Martellus Bennett Pens Children's Book Based on Daughter's Persona Apparently, there is a free app that you can download as well. If you have young readers or gift books to young readers, check out the website for it. Bennett was also named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Speaking of twitter, I give you this:
Linking..... with Kristin: