“In Iran itself, where authorities hoped the American killing of Qasem Soleimani would unite ordinary Iranians behind the regime, the opposite has come to pass. Waves of antigovernment protests spread across the country as authorities first launched an awkward and unconvincing effort to cover up Iran’s shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet—killing 176 people—then tardily admitted it. Cities all over Iran witnessed spontaneous demonstrations with crowds chanting, “America is not our enemy,” ripping down posters of Soleimani, and calling for death to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.”
“Taiwan has no restrictions on religion, while in China churches are required to register and are under CCP’s watchful eye.”
Beauty & Style
I wear jeans a lot…like, most days. Because I get so much wear out of one pair, I prefer spending a little bit more on my jeans. I like a thicker quality blue jean fabric (which tends to be at least $50+) and many of the high street brands use a blend of fabrics (which might be great if you like a lot of stretch! Just not my cup of tea.) I happened to luck out on an Old Navy pair recently that had all the things that I like in a pair of blue jeans: that stiff quality of fabric, high-waisted, and still really comfortable. These (below) are a great light wash (perfect for spring!) and are on sale right now. Also, I included the fun teddy bear zipper jacket (with pockets) that I got for Christmas and wear on chilly days over a t-shirt or button down.
If you missed it from earlier this week, I wrote on the seasons of life when God feels silent…
If you are using Instagram right, then you’re discovering some great new artists, like I am. The medium is perfect–small squares of colorful beauty with short captions (and of course, links to the artist’s website of work), all personally aggregated to your interest by IG’s powerful algorithm. It’s like a catalog of the world’s art available at your fingertips!
If you haven’t stumbled onto the art wing of the ‘gram, then allow me to point the way. To get you started, here are five of my favorite artists right now (with links to their IG accounts.) Go forth and follow!
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So glad you decided to swing by! Here’s a *virtual* cup of something warm and delicious. Most of my current days are spent working on final papers for the semester (reading and writing and editing some more) while also thinking about what dessert I’m going to make for Thanksgiving. Last year I did the classic move of two (homemade, of course) pumpkin pies, but this year I want to do something a little more Southern. Maybe Pecan? Ooh…even better…Jackson Pie! YUM.
I’m staring down my email inbox on a Monday morning, organizing my class workload for the week, and wondering if it’s too early to make myself a second espresso (it’s 9:30am, I think not.) This isn’t what I thought my mid-thirties would look like. Being back in freaking college? All the lol’s.
As if you didn’t already know this, but September is traditionally fashion month. (Because I know “fashion month” is at the top of your priority list…) New York Fashion Week always happens in September and the “September issue” of Vogue is always the thickest and glossiest issue of all. It’s also back-to-school month, which stirs up nostalgia for picking out that first day of school look. Do you remember what you wore to the first day of seventh grade? I do. A black a-line skirt dotted with tiny colorful flowers paired with a black, short sleeved mock-neck sweater from The Limited (and probably low cut sneakers.) I would 100% wear that outfit today.
This September, I’ve decided to route some of my creative energy to my wardrobe. My goals are to 1.) figure out what pieces I don’t wear (or hesitate to wear) and 2.) get more creative with the pieces that I do wear. Here I’m sharing the custom method that I’m crafting as I go along (feel free to implement one or all of these suggestions to your closet!)
1) Tell your story TO someone. Pick one person you love or admire or want to connect with, and write the whole thing directly to them —like you’re writing a letter. 327 more words
I caught this on Elizabeth Gilbert’s Instagram account last week and loved it so much that I stashed it in my “Saved” tab. So glad to catch it here via swissmiss and be able to share it with y’all. For the full post: How To Write by Elizabeth Gilbert — swissmiss
Here’s the thing about blog writing. It gets under your skin a bit and seeps into the corners of your life. You may be living a perfectly normal day: refilling another cup of coffee, responding to an email, taking a walk to the mailbox, choosing the right pair of shoes for the busy day ahead…and then THE question weasels its way in-between the daily tasks, “Should I write about this?”
“For perhaps obvious reasons, I love this painting by Carvaggio immensely–and spent a solid hour looking at it and the companion pieces when in Rome this past month. The standard interpretation is that Matthew is the bearded gentleman on the left, with the hand pointing at himself. But I persist in thinking Matthew is the young man slumped over his coins that he is reluctant to give up, and that the finger points at him.”
Matthew Lee Anderson, “The Path Before Us”
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Hi folks, Sara here. Survivor of 36 summers, including (but not limited to) Tennessee’s Allergy Basin, New Orleans’ Hazy Streets, Southwest China’s rural steam-heat, Thailand’s sizzling streets, and Arizona’s blast-of-oven “dry heat.”