Grace by Natashia Deon is worth reading, and more importantly, worth reflection.

I read Grace by Natashia Deón and it was uncomfortably similar to current events even though it takes place in the 1800s because racism is still going strong in America and can we please do something about this? Like, for real?

By the time my hold alert on Natashia Deón’s Grace came through from the library, I’d forgotten why I’d requested it. No matter. I dug right in—and was depressed for the next three days while I read it. No question, the book is beautifully written. The story is artfully told. It’s just not a very nice […]

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Oprah loves Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

A Love Warrior love letter from the devotee who wrote the Reading Group Guide

Glennon Doyle Melton’s astonishingly radiant book, Love Warrior, officially came out into the world on Tuesday, and for very good reason it is the new pick for Oprah’s Book Club. I hope everyone I know—and everyone I don’t know, for that matter—will read it, because Love Warrior is one of those books that can really, […]

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Sometimes reluctant discipline is a puddle of sweaty, partially tear-soaked gym clothes.

That time my reluctant discipline made me cry in public and it was the best

Forget motivation. Reluctant discipline brings the greatest rewards. I’m sure there is an internet quote I should attribute for that insight; I know I saw something recently online, and whatever it was clearly stuck with me—just not well enough to get credit. At any rate, whoever inspired me is right. This week I got proof. To […]

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When discussing systemic racism and reading The New Jim Crow begins to consume you, taking a break to watch Stranger Things on Netflix while savoring Rocky Road Haagen Dazs is probably the smartest thing you can do to help make the world a better place.

How to abolish systemic racism using Netflix and Häagen-Dazs

Stranger Things might not seem like the cure for systemic racism. And, well, it probably isn’t. But it is the cure for a stressed out brain that needs a break from processing the many facets of a deeply troubling and overwhelmingly complex problem. Savoring some Rocky Road helps too. Systemic racism has no simple solution I can do […]

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Have hope, go high

I have hope and you can’t stop me. Terrible awful things are happening all the time, but still I have hope. Love is greater than fear. Love is everywhere. And as our First Lady said* the other night, “don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great.” America has issues, don’t get me wrong. […]

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