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(5) Things we love…#136

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I came back from vacation to two weeks of insane work. Still basking in the relaxation of the time off and the reframing that always happens when very far away, I got through it all without hiccups. But I am glad to have the next few days to myself with no other plans than to plan my birthday. I am going to sit back, relax, read and waste time looking at cute animals on FB. Your plans?

One. It’s a common refrain of single women that they get constantly asked whether they want to get married/have children which is to say, don’t they want to fall into the normal course of things? What if the answer is no? This monologue by Bill Maher hits most of the right notes and provides some valuable talking points for the next stupid line of questioning.

Two. Tatsuya Tanaka creates miniature worlds out of everyday objects. And they are positively brilliant. Have a scroll through.

Martha was this year’s winner

Three. Could I pass up the ugliest dog contest? Clearly not (and no, neither of my hounds could possibly qualify for this trophy). Apparently it takes place in Petaluma, CA every year and here are the pictures to prove it.

Four. Neither could I pass up an instructional video on how to rub a lion’s belly (thank you Leonor).

Five. Our (very undignified) President takes to Twitter to disparage women again. Beyoncé and Jay Z openly talk about infidelity on their records. At a time when nothing is sacred anymore and personal lives are so easily dragged into the mud or used to make money, more or less, shamelessly, maybe  more people should follow Austin Kleon’s advice to keep a notebook.

Hold thy tongue (and loosen thy pen)

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16 Comments

  1. ah ah non so se farei così nemmeno a un gatto! Tutto molto simpatico

    July 18, 2017
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  2. silvia
    silvia

    I wanna rub a lion’s belly too! Too cool and sweet 🙂

    July 2, 2017
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    • Maybe we should rethink Cuba and focus on wild animals.

      July 3, 2017
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  3. Another excellent selection – things to ponder, and things to just enjoy. I cannot choose a favourite but #1 and #5 will probably linger in my mind the longest. On that note, I think I’ve got some writing to do. Enjoy your week-end!

    July 2, 2017
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  4. Bill Maher is so, so right. I have so far been lucky enough to dodge (a lot of) questions about reproducing, but I reckon I shall get some more in the next few months, what with the marriage and everything. I guess I need that Hallmark card he suggests!

    And I’m very happy I contributed to this segment! Tell me you didn’t feel like rubbing that belly as well.

    July 1, 2017
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    • That is such an intrusive question! And how terrible when it gets asked of people who are not able to. (By the way, lions are super stinky but yes, I would have loved to rub that belly)

      July 2, 2017
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      • Unfortunately people don’t see it as intrusive, they see it as “natural.” I sometimes do ask whether it’s occurred to them that I might not be able to have children, and that makes them think for a while. Hopefully some do get insight…

        Remember that scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where the singer keeps spraying perfume on the elephant’s head? I got an image of you doing the same to a lion’s belly 😂

        July 4, 2017
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  5. Winston Moreton
    Winston Moreton

    Definitely agree about the desirability of seeing words before letting them go. Sometimes counting to 10 works too

    June 30, 2017
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  6. Austin is unbelievably wise and many people would do well to follow that adage. Here’s to a joyful and safe 4th of July weekend.

    June 30, 2017
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    • And you to you too. Mine started with a fire near home (all good though) and road closures. More excuses to stay home with my books.

      July 2, 2017
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