10 Things and a GIF I Liked Enough to Show You: 18–24 June 2016

  1. Ever feel like you need better words for your feelings? Here are a few to help you out.
  2. Reddit's voting structure supports a prominent far right standpoint.
  3. Can we reclaim a democratic digital future?
  4. Do your customers know what they want? Probably not.
  5. It's too bad that StarWipe is over, because articles like this are SHINY PIECES OF BRILLIANCE.
  6. Facebook thinks text is basically dead, but they're dead wrong.
  7. Engage is Twitter's new app for higher ups to engage with the other higher ups and avoid the rest of us rabble.
  8. I love articles about not being parents, because it's not a much talked or written about experience outside of issues with fertility.
  9. History through the lens of an archived internet would change history.
  10. Alice Bradley read my poem "You Will Be Loved Again" out loud on League of Awkward Unicorns, and I was so touched.

Five Star Mixtape 367: Five Great Posts and a Mikhail Bulgakov Quote

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by a suicide, a children's book, skepticism of intent, feminine identity after physical trauma, an offer of connection, and Mikhail Bulgakov:

But what can be done, the one who loves must share the fate of the one he loves.
— Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita" —

Happy reading!

"The Secret to Quiet" by Sean H. Doyle at Sean H. Doyle:

Of course, it had been years since we’d spoken — roughly four or five, I’m foggy at best when I stop communicating with people, which is something I am apt to do — but I was still unmoored by the choice he made. I felt like the death was some kind of harbinger, a looming thing willing me to push forward or die. 

I have pushed forward.

"An Open Letter to the Female Hat-Wearing Dog From 'Go Dog, Go'" by Raquel D'Apice at The Ugly Volvo:

Momentarily distracted by the humdrum parade of big dogs, little dogs, black and white dogs, I watched as you walked in, brimming with joy and confidence, and looked on as some total nobody, indistinguishable from most of the other dogs in this book, crushed you with his subtle rejection.

"I'm an LGBT Christian and I'm skeptical of your prayers" by Casey Brown at Rage Against the Minivan:

Praying for us when we are broken, but not fighting to protect us is not love.

"Identity" by Jennifer Dary at Medium:

I made a new friend the other week, a fellow mom at the boys’ daycare. We got coffee. She doesn’t compare me with what I used to look like; she can’t answer the question “do I seem like myself?” because my current self is as authentic as she expects it to be.

"Tragedy and Queer Healing Through Eggs" by Drew Cordes at Queer the World:

What makes this scary is not that it’s senseless and random and out of the ordinary. It is scary because it’s a reminder that this happens all the time. A fact of life.

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Grace in Small Things No. 986: a Shirt, a State of Fine Fettle, Writing, Oatmeal, and Productivity

  1. I went to a David Bowie film festival at the RPL Film Theatre, and I got this fab new t-shirt.
  2. I'm back on my feet. I was laid low by recent events for most of last week, but I'm back in fine fettle thanks to Aidan, good food, and sleep.
  3. I took time away from writing my #365poems series while I was down, but I'm back at it and have a number of drafts brewing.
  4. I remembered to put Aidan's slow cooker oatmeal away in the fridge before it spoiled. I never remember to do this, so this gets me a gold star.
  5. Have I mentioned how productive I'm being today? Because I'm being very productive. [dusts fingernails on shirt]

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.