This past week I stayed at a friend's house. It was fun to get to know her family and also to have a private hideaway. Plus, the jasmine lining the gate to my room was amazing! When I think of the image above, I'll also remember Thursday morning when I discovered my car had a flat tire. My dad showed me how to change a tire when I got my license but that was 20 years ago and I wasn't sure I'd remember what to do. Luckily, my friend knew what to do and together we got things started. And then two neighbors across the street saw what was happening and came over to help. They even had better tools! We wouldn't have been able to get the wheel nuts off otherwise.
We got the spare tire on...and it was immediately apparent it was low on air. What a comedy of errors! I drove to a gas station and put more air in the tire and hoped it would be enough to get me to the tire place. Once I arrived at Larkin Bros., the tire guy noticed my rear tire also had a nail in it! Good heavens. So two tires were patched up and all seems to be fine.
A year ago this whole situation would have deflated me. (Pun intended.) But on Thursday, I felt completely fine. I was handling it. I had good helpers along the way. Nothing was going to rain on my parade. What wonderful confirmation of the good hard internal work I've done the past few years. Although I hope to avoid more flat tires in the future.
New favorite tip: Chrome has a Library Extension. When you're browsing on Amazon or any online bookstore or Goodreads, the extension connects with your local library and shows you whether they have a copy or not. Way to be awesome, libraries!
How to search for old tweets. It's easier than I thought!
An interview with Emily Kuroda (Mrs. Kim). Loved learning more about this Gilmore Girls character!
A remarkable piece from Parker Palmer: There Is No "Other" America.
An interview with Mother Emanuel's new pastor Dr. Betty Deas Clark (their first female pastor!) and how the church is coping after 9 people were murdered.
Why do we teach girls it's cute to be scared? I have thought so much about the messages I received as a child and as a single woman.
Phenomenal article: I went to Flint, drank the water, and saw the future of Civil Rights.