A Little Something For The Weekend

Happy weekend, friends! Here are a few things I’ve picked up, magpie-like, over the week that I thought others would enjoy.

Inside “Emojigeddon”: The Fight Over The Unicode Consortium. Everyone’s favorite communication shorthand is the battleground for a new fight.

Kristen Bell Shares Her Experiences About Living With Anxiety And Depression. Of course I don’t think celebrities are better than ‘regular’ people, but I do think it’s a great thing when people with highly visible public platforms share their mental health experiences. Openness is so important in destigmatizing mental illness!

How Sheryl Sandberg’s take on single moms shifted after her husband died. I felt Lean In was well-intentioned and practical — but ultimately myopic about just how pervasive and frustrated institutional sexism was, especially for women who weren’t lucky enough to end up with genuinely feminist dudes who ‘leaned in’ at home. (Which, face it, isn’t a lot of guys.) So it’s good to hear that she’s revised her thinking since, although under admittedly sad circumstances.

The Secret Life of Being Poor. Hats off to this single mom for providing for all of her kids on so little. Still, it’s heartbreaking to read all the little compromises she has to make — and the way it makes her feel inside about herself. We all want to give our children the best — but so often, many of us aren’t in the position to give everything all the time. I think this sums it up the best: “We live in a society that holds extreme prejudice against people living in financial struggle. There is a lot of stigma tied to being poor. No matter your story or your plight, if you cannot hold your own, there are many people who will judge your every move and look upon you as a blight to society.”

This is why movies like Toy Story 3 and Inside Out make me bawl like a jerk.

This is totally history-nerd of me, but we’ve been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack a lot in our house. I’m not at all a Broadway person, but like tons of other people, the incorporation of contemporary hip-hop and R&B into a American musical about a Revolutionary Founding Father — played by a cast of mostly people of color — just seems fresh. Our favorite songs are the Aaron Burr ones, who’s played by Leslie Odom, Jr…here’s a nice profile of him in the NY Times.

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