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  • It was an anecdote shared by Trump’s sister, Judge Maryanne Barry, a U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey, that captured my attention. In his early days, Trump “was not much” of a student, the announcer says. The young Trump preferred baseball to studying. As a boy, he hounded his father for a new baseball mitt. “He came home and he said to my father, ‘Peter Blank has a baseball mitt that cost $45. I want one, too,’” Barry says. “My father’s standard response was, ‘Of course you can’t have that. You won’t appreciate anything when you grow up if you have it now.’”
  • Trump was still the boy who wanted the $45 baseball mitt, except the baseball mitt is now the Oval Office. In that moment, he discovered his vocation. Not as a builder, but as a striver, someone who acquired things other people told him he couldn’t possess—first properties and, now, the presidency. It’s why he continues to flirt with a third-party presidential run. (“If I’m not treated fairly by the Republican Party, I very well might consider [a third-party bid for the presidency],” he said in a recent phone interview with ABC’s “This Week.”)
  • It’s not a stretch to imagine a man like David—angry by the hand the economy dealt him, angry that the TRUMP life of $28 Wagyu sliders and TRUMP bath crystals remains just out of reach—voting for Trump.

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  • “Ah, Child, of course you struggle with your faith when life is turned upside down, weighing heavily on you, or baffling you. But I see you, I never take my eyes off you. If only you knew how deep my faith in YOU is!”
  • You might ask, Where is God? when you or your family is crushed by sorrow, or left with a wounded heart. God is weeping with you, not judging, not keeping count or raising the bar. God keeps vigil with you in your darkest moments, holding the light nearby until you can see it again. IF God is love, and IF we believe that God loves us at LEAST as much as some human person, then we KNOW where God is when life is rough.

  • I find the physical scrutiny pregnant people experience incredibly oppressive.
  • As Dr. Emily Oster, an associate professor of Economics at Brown University, and the author of the book Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong – And What You Really Need to Know says:
  • Logically, I could tell myself that random people on the street have no idea what pregnant bodies actually look like. But in the moment, comments like the ones that I, and plenty of other pregnant people get, can feel an awful lot like an indictment.

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  • Why do people have so much trouble throwing things out? Turns out, the answer lies in people’s heads. Running through Kondo’s best advice and most of her book is the argument about the anxiety-induced limits of human decision-making. Seeing as an entire branch of economics studies exactly that, it’s no wonder that economists have a particular interest in her advice. Financial Times columnist Tim Harford agrees that Kondo’s methods are not only intuitive, but compelling to economists. Harford says that the clutter that piles up in apartments is a product of people’s cognitive blunders.
  • I have never used my intellect so hard to fight myself in cleaning up my apartment—I’ve also never been as successful at it.
Aug 05, 15

graham crackers (could use macaroons), butter/marg, sugar for crust. cake itself: cc, sugar, vanilla, 1 c heavy cream, cherry pie filling. // sub sweetened condensed milk instead of the sugar and heavy cream.

Aug 05, 15

benjamin moore: hemlock OR Benjamin Moore Gossamer Blue

  • While attending medical school, a new building was built on campus. There was a lot of discussion and planning about where to place the sidewalks to the building. Until one person suggested not building any sidewalks for one school year. The purpose was to see where people would walk naturally. The paths that formed is where the sidewalks would be built.


    My fascination with this story is the idea of allowing the path to become visible.

  • In other words, we use stuff to try to tell a very nuanced, calculated story about ourselves on a daily basis. We’re pretty attached to it. We put a lot of energy into it. In large part, it’s about how we anticipate others will read the symbols we’ve chosen.
  • “My Book House (12 volumes) and A Picturesque Tale of Progress (9 volumes) — all by Olive Beaupre Miller.”
  • The answers told such a simple, instinctual story. People are defined by their people. They are defined by their pleasure. They are defined by their memories. They are defined by their freedom.


    That’s about it. All the rest is, well, stuff.

  • I mistakenly believed guilt was a badge of caring, when really all it did was hold me back from taking helpful action and from savoring my life. Yet I judged myself if I didn’t feel guilty. Surely it was better than doing nothing?




    Privileged guilt is different than healthy guilt. Healthy guilt wakes you up to your less-than-skillful choices and your impact on the world. Healthy guilt gets you to buy fair trade coffee, write to your university or retirement fund about fossil fuel divestment, limit your air travel, bike to work,  carry your own bags to the grocery, give money away to good causes… In other words, take action, learn about the world, connect.

  • Privileged guilt isolates you in well-meaning self-centered despair. It tricks you into thinking you are doing something useful. It can block you from developing your gifts and following what calls you. It can burn you out, convincing you to give more than is humanly possible, keep you from practicing healthy self-care. Privileged guilt is numbing and exhausting, a lethal combo.
  • I am privileged. I am not guilty about that fact. Rather, as my friend Marianne has taught me, I can savor my lovely life fully and use the fruits of my privilege – an open heart, a questing mind, a platform, skill with words – to make the world a more just and sustainable place.


    I hope you will join me in seeing through the chimera of privileged guilt to taking joyful informed action, including action to be kind to your good self.

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