You’ll notice there is a wide mix of articles this week. It’s because I know that, by Friday, we’ve all had it with the news. We won’t stop, of course (nor should we – the world is on fire), but we all need a break. That’s why not all of these articles of the current affairs type. I’m trying something new! Some are newer and some are quite old (at least 4 years old – I am cleaning out my read later folders).
The first part will always be articles dealing with hard topics, current issues (like the election, state of the world, the pandemic, etc) and the second section will be the fun stuff, as it were. If this works or doesn’t – let me know!
He’s the first sitting senator in history to do so.
Don’t Grieve Alone. Reach Out. (NYT – $$)
Finding emotional support during a crisis often means turning to long-established networks already built for distance.
For Refugees, Home Is a Place Called Never (Zócalo Public Square)
Having Fled Sarajevo as a Child, I Find It Hard Telling Syrians There Is No Going Back
Going Sohla (Vultre – $$)
After leaving Bon Appétit, the chef now has her own show — where she’s paid fairly for her fantastic creations.
In the fall of 1879, Dr. William James Beal walked to a secret spot on Michigan State University’s campus and planted a strange crop: 20 narrow-necked glass bottles, each filled with a mixture of moist sand and seeds.
Imagine a world that had swapped its guns for puns and its IEDs for repartees. Such a planet is possible if only those in power would manage their conflicts with flyting, the time-honored sport of verbal jousting.
The Tree That Would Not Be Broken (Narratively)
It was the last living thing rescued from the ruins of 9/11. A dozen years later, one mythical pear tree is finally home, and branching out from Ground Zero in mystical ways.
Watch the video (tw: 9/11 footage):
This Artist Sculpts Animals and Flowers From Grains of Rice (Atlas Obscura)
Guorui Chen brought a hometown tradition back from extinction.
Have a great fall weekend everyone and don’t forget to vote if you haven’t yet.