June 22 – 1, 2, & 3: Busy days

Yesterday was extremely busy for me, so I didn’t have a chance to post. But (briefly), here are three good things from yesterday:

1. Having lunch with one of my best friends from college and getting a chance to catch up. (She’s also in a similar place in life, so it was really great to share and commiserate and give/receive advice).

2. As I drove to meet her, I went slightly out of range of my favorite radio station and had to listen to commercial radio for a little bit, which always makes me a little sad. I think I listened to more radio commercials yesterday than I had so far this year. But I did hear Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis not once, but twice. And even though it is a little preachy in its message, it still makes me happy to hear it being played on a commercial radio station. The music video is also beautiful.

3. Dinner with a set of J’s friends from college, including an adorable dog and – best of all – an 18-month-old toddler. He was adorable, and showed all of the traits I love about toddlers. He happens to be in a phase where he’s fascinated by how doors work, so he spent minutes at a time (which is hours in toddler time) opening and closing doors repeatedly. But the absolute cutest thing was when he would throw a tennis ball for the dog, and the dog would spaz out because she was so excited about the ball, and the toddler would be thrilled and giggle and shriek with joy.

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May 31 – 1: Brittney Griner

I just read this ESPN article on Brittney Griner. It makes me happy for a couple of reasons.

First, I’m always glad to learn about celebrities who I feel like I can really respect. Especially working with middle school students, it’s clear to me that celebrities can have a huge effect on shaping our culture. My students are constantly talking about what’s going on with their favorites celebrities, and I cannot begin to keep up with their demand for biographies of Justin Bieber, or Katy Perry, or One Direction, or whoever the Next Big Thing might be. So it’s always exciting to me when I find a new celebrity whose biography I’ll hopefully be able to pick up and wholeheartedly recommend to my students.

And secondly, I’m glad to be living in a time when it seems like huge steps are being made in our society towards treating all people equally. We  still have a lot of work to do in a lot of areas, but it seems like we’re headed in the right direction, particularly when it comes to LGBTQ issues. I was super excited when Jason Collins came out – having an openly gay athlete playing on a major sports team is huge. And even though I was disappointed that it didn’t go far enough, I was still happy to hear that the Boy Scouts have ended their ban on openly gay scouts. Not to mention the strides being taken across the country towards legalizing gay marriage. And now Nike is sponsoring an openly gay athlete, and allowing her the freedom to stay true to herself by wearing their clothes branded as menswear. Which is awesome.