Ten for Tuesday

Love this week’s crop of links. Here we go!

1. Shoe-Shi: Edible Sneakers That Combine an Artist’s Love of Footwear and Sushi

Because people are awesome.

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2. Instructions for Not Giving Up

Thank you to Arianne Lehn for sending this my way this morning. Poem by Ada Limón

More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out
of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’s
almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving
their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate
sky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the trees
that really gets to me. When all the shock of white
and taffy, the world’s baubles and trinkets, leave
the pavement strewn with the confetti of aftermath,
the leaves come. Patient, plodding, a green skin
growing over whatever winter did to us, a return
to the strange idea of continuous living despite
the mess of us, the hurt, the empty. Fine then,
I’ll take it, the tree seems to say, a new slick leaf
unfurling like a fist to an open palm, I’ll take it all.

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3. Pacific Crest Trail, one second at a time

Wow I love this video, shot by a through-hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail. He recorded one second a day. Makes me want to take up hiking as more than just an occasional cross-training activity!

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4. Man Flushes His Friend’s Ashes Down Ballpark Toilets Across the Land

This is just the best. My dad’s 70th birthday would have been Sunday, and somehow I think he would approve of this.

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5. ‘That’s not who we are’: How a besieged heartland community rallied around its refugees

Read about Twin Falls, Idaho (home of Chobani!), and how they seek to be a “neighborly city” toward refugees. Heartwarming and fierce.

The actions were in response to more than a year of controversy and negative stories in right-wing media and assorted comments sections, a trying time for a city that’s accepted refugees for decades but found its image sullied and citizens threatened. It’s an example of how the worst elements on the Internet can bleed into everyday life, and a cautionary tale of how the charged politics of immigration can play out in a community that believed it was doing the right thing by welcoming families displaced by conflicts in distant countries. After three Muslim refugees — all children — were charged in a sexual assault on a 5-year-old girl, right-wing media conjured up a lurid crime wave among the Muslim immigrants in the community. Breitbart embedded a reporter in Twin Falls to look for stories that “[don’t] fit the narrative about the benefits of diversity that the media and politicians try to spin.”

Twin Falls weathered sensationalized charges, grotesque threats and a militia group’s anti-immigrant demonstration. And the community has become the venue for a defamation lawsuit by yogurt maker Chobani, one of the area’s largest employers, against conspiracy monger Alex Jones, for stories with headlines such as “Idaho Yogurt Maker Caught Importing Migrant Rapists.”

After a long two years, Twin Falls residents didn’t recognize the city that was being portrayed in the media — so they decided to do something about it.

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6. Fidget Spinner for the Ultra-Stressed

James was given a fidget spinner by a friend, and is impatiently waiting for his fidget cube which is finally shipping from the original Kickstarter campaign! But here’s another option:

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7. An Elegant Flower Time-Lapse Three Years in the Making

Enjoy this beautiful celebration of spring from filmmaker Jamie Scott, without the nasty allergies!

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8. A Letter to My Mother That She Will Never Read

A hard read but a good one by Ocean Vuong:

The first time you came to my poetry reading. After, while the room stood and clapped, I walked back to my seat beside you. You clutched my hand, your eyes red and wet, and said, I never thought I’d live to see so many old white people clapping for my son.

I didn’t quite understand until, weeks later, I visited you at the nail salon and watched as you knelt, head bent, washing the feet of one old white woman after another.

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9. Imposter Syndrome

Don’t know where this originated, or even which of my social media friends initially posted it.

If I were writing a clickbait headline for this graphic, I’d say “You’ll never believe who struggles with imposter syndrome!” But really…

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I also think “I just went where I was sent” will preach somehow.

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10. The Largest Analysis of Film Dialogue by Gender, Ever

Already posted to Facebook, but in case you missed it. I plugged in all of my favorite “drop of a hat” movies (i.e. films I’m always in the mood for), and only one comes close to a 50/50 split in dialogue: Stranger Than Fiction.

How does your favorite movie fare?

 

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