Helaine Olen on 'The History of the Latte Factor' -
for national coffee day - this is a fascinating history of the “latte factor” - the argument that giving up a latte a day would save us millions of dollars and make us financially comfortable.
"The Latte Factor … hits a sweet spot on both sides of the political spectrum. On the right, The Latte Factor appeals to the idea that those lazy, ill-disciplined poor people are wasting their money. On the left, The Latte Factor appeals to a long-standing critique of our consumer society. Spending on luxuries is somehow wrong. .. it also offers us an illusion of control. … As for the rest of us, we continue to be guilt-tripped about a small purchase while almost all gains post 2008 have gone to the top one percent."
it is hard to remember that life is not all one thing all the time. the past few years, when i was doing something professionally that i hated and made me feel worthless and bad about myself a lot of the time, that made me feel like i was wasting time and energy and not moving forward at all, there were still lots of good things that happened, good people i met and made friends with, good thoughts and ideas. and those things weren’t less good just because they were in a context of so much bad, just like the bad things weren’t less bad just because there were also good things happening.
things have been pretty bad again, for a while. my professional life is going much better - i’ve talked here about how much i love my job, how good i feel about the changes in my life - but there has been a major family health crisis going on non-stop since march that makes pretty much everything feel urgent and desperate and overwhelming and impossible to navigate.
this weekend was one of the best weekends i’ve had in recent memory. i felt so loved, so connected. and today, diving back into the muck of everything that’s happening, getting ready to send C off on another almost month-long international trip, it feels like the badness cancels out the goodness. it feels like the badness means there will not and cannot be any more goodness for the foreseeable future.
but that is not true. there will continue to be good things - even things like seeing the sun shine on the mountains through the morning clouds, things like a delicious nectarine, things like taking time for a good walk. and those things count, even thought they don’t solve the big problems, they don’t change the broader context. they still count. they’re still good.
It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers. -
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some fucking gourds and arrange them in a horn-shaped basket on my dining room table. That shit is going to look so seasonal. I’m about to head up to the attic right now to find that wicker fucker, dust it off, and jam it with an insanely ornate assortment of shellacked vegetables. When my guests come over it’s gonna be like, BLAMMO! Check out my shellacked decorative vegetables, assholes. Guess what season it is—fucking fall. There’s a nip in the air and my house is full of mutant fucking squash.
I may even throw some multi-colored leaves into the mix, all haphazard like a crisp October breeze just blew through and fucked that shit up. Then I’m going to get to work on making a beautiful fucking gourd necklace for myself. People are going to be like, “Aren’t those gourds straining your neck?” And I’m just going to thread another gourd onto my necklace without breaking their gaze and quietly reply, “It’s fall, fuckfaces. You’re either ready to reap this freaky-assed harvest or you’re not.”
College Board: Jeffco could be dropped from AP U.S. history program if district alters curriculum -
The College Board, the company that administers the Advanced Placement history course that has recently become the center of a firestorm in Jefferson County, threw its support on Friday afternoon behind the hundreds of Jeffco high school students who walked out of class this week to protest a proposed curriculum review committee.
“These students recognize that the social order can – and sometimes must – be disrupted in the pursuit of liberty and justice,” the organization said in a statement. “Civil disorder and social strife are at the patriotic heart of American history – from the Boston Tea Party to the American Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement. And these events and ideas are essential within the study of a college-level, AP U.S. History course.”
In its statement, the College Board warned of additional possible consequences if Jeffco’s board proceeds with its review committee: if the board moves to alter the coursework in any way, the district could risk losing the AP designation — a common marker for colleges to understand that students have taken higher-level coursework — for the class.
Cat show realness http://ift.tt/109KDJF
Birthday crab cake! Best kind of cake. http://ift.tt/1pkPIEH
Birthday dinner hell yeah http://ift.tt/1nndR2m
starting off my birthday with a mini midlife crisis weepy fest, but determined to rally. C informs me that today is to celebrate me and all my shit, so i am allowed to cry all day if i want. awww.
Mountain vista http://ift.tt/1BjaUkj
Beware - moose are dangerous and also not very smart http://ift.tt/1DFz10l
anyone had it on their natural nails or have any opinions on it?
Italian street artist MP5 (via My Modern Met)
Still life (VICKI TURNER)
shiny loud 50