Thoughtful, Unoriginal Information

Hello there, friends!

Lately, I’ve seen some interesting documentaries, read some interesting articles and am reading a great book for my first meeting of an already established book club I’m joining (a wee bit scared.) I have a good chunk of the book left and we are meeting tomorrow. In the interest of reading all day and still posting something of value, here is a list of some things I think you might find worthwhile:

To see:

  • “Sexy Baby” (available to instant stream on Netflix). This is a look at the lives of three women and their experiences interacting with a cultural that is strongly sexualized.
  • “It’s a Girl” (available to instant stream on Netflix). A serious tear jerker but very important. This movie looks at the systematic removal of girls from certain cultures and the impact that this “gendercide” has on those societies.
  • “The World Before Her” (available to instant stream on Netflix). An incredibly interesting look at both the Western Miss India beauty pageant and Hindu fundamentalism. I thought the different perspectives were interesting and thought a lot about the different reasons women, particularly in openly patriarchal societies, might compete.
  • We went to see “Into the Woods” and it was fairly wonderful! Meryl Streep is incredible and the acting is all spot on. The scenery is pretty great, too. The only thing I found myself a bit tired of was the constant lilting “buh nuh nuh nuh-nuh” in the background. But generally, I thought the music was very good! I suppose too much of the same chorus gives me anxiety. I’m not sure why.

To read:

To surf:

  • Even in the age of reddit and Pinterest, I do still enjoy www.stumbleupon.com
  • I found and love Bustle. It’s geared toward women, but I find myself sending some of the articles to my husband, who usually finds them interesting. Check it out here: www.bustle.com

I hope you all (meaning whoever is reading this… hi mom!) have a wonderful day!

Quotes from my husband

Mike Mike Mike

(Before going to pick up the 8 year old Boston Terrier we just adopted, Sam.)

Me: Well, if we do rename him, it should be something that sounds like “Sam.”… Sand!

Mike: Why would we name our dog Sand?! No… not Sand.

Me (in my defense, I was in a tried, silly mood): Sand…al wood? Sandalwood!?

Mike: Kara, what is he, a stripper in the Berkshires?!

(Sidenote- we kept the name Sam).

New Year! New you?!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

new year!

(No, I did not take this picture, in case you were wondering. I googled “New Years.” Bam).

Every year, right around December 30th and 31st, it seems people decide on how they will be different in the following 12 months. They talk about what they will stop doing or start doing or finish doing. I do it too. One year, I distinctly remember posting a New Year’s Eve Facebook status to the tune of “In the new year, I just want to have the soul of Mother Teresa and the body of Adriana Lima… is that too much to ask?!” (Note: apparently, yes, it is…) It is so easy to think “In the new year, I will lose weight!”, “In the new year, I will be a better wife/husband/partner/juggler/dancer/cook….”, “In the new year I will stop smoking/drinking too much/using the Oxford comma incorrectly” and the list goes on. Sometimes, there are things in our lives that we discern are bad for us that we need to stop doing ASAP (smoking, being around people who aren’t healthy forces in our life, etc. etc.) And don’t get me wrong, friends, it’s good to have goals. People need goals (or aims, aspirations, and other synonyms). As humans it seems we generally have a need to grow and change (or at least be open to growth and changing). Allow me to share with you one of my favorite quotes:

I want to keep my soul fertile for the changes, so things keep getting born in me, so things keep dying when it’s time for things to die. I want to keep walking away from the person I was a moment ago, because a mind was made to figure things out, not read the same page recurrently.

Donald Miller wrote that. Not only do I love Donald Miller, I love this idea. Our beings are meant to figure things out and allow our new knowledge to shape who we are and how we interact with the world.  However, we should be wary not to let the ideas of what we wish to become completely overshadow who we are now. Regardless of how much you weigh, or how much you smoke, or how much you want to improve your communication skills, you are a valuable person.  Look in the mirror on any given day and say “Bitch (or whatever word you choose), I’m fabulous!” It will nourish your soul today and help you stay open to the things that are being cultivated in you.

Cheers to a new year!

P.s. All of this agricultural imagery has reminded me that in the new year, I want to start a garden…