It’s not unprecedented. I am done with that one, seen over and over in headlines, emails, speeches. Unprecedented feels like a poor sloppy stand-in for the word we should be using to describe this time. I’ve heard friends say the universe is done with humanity’s antics; we’ve all been put in the ultimate time out. The more optimistic have dubbed this time “the great pause” so we can refocus on what truly matters. I hope you will find the best word to describe it for yourself. One that gives strength to push forward and shine a bright light in the darkness. I’m thinking mine will be perseverance.
Be well, be safe.
May Links Bonanza
Things to take your mind off the virus that will not be named.
Madeline Miller on Myth, Nostalgia, and How Power Corrupts: I had the opportunity to read Circe for my book club and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ezra Klein over at Vox interviewed author Miller, give it a listen.
If You’ve Always Wanted To Write A Book, Here’s How: NPR Life Kit is back, this time with how to start that book you’ve always hoped to write (bonus, they provide recommendations for books about writing).
My Darling Vivian: You may or may not know, I love Johnny Cash’s music. Unsurprisingly this documentary about Vivian Liberto, Cash’s first wife, caught my interest. The film was scheduled to screen at the SXSW Film Festival in March. You can now view it online for free through Amazon. AV Club has also put together a list of SXSW 2020 films by female filmmakers that stood out.
10 Powerful Quotes from Women in Music: Sometimes a good song is all it takes to lift our spirits. Here are 10 inspiring quotes by women in music. If you’re really in a rut, I suggest downloading their work and putting the headphones on. Speaking of music, Fiona Apple and the Dixie Chicks are back. Read about Apple’s new album Fetch the Bolt Cutters and watch the Chick’s new video for their song Gaslighter.
CLEAN.FIT: The company is continuing to offer box subscription discounts to Girls That Create readers (use code girlsthatcreate at checkout). CLEAN.FIT delivers boxes filled with snacks that adhere to the idea “if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it.” Girls That Create will receive a small kickback if you subscribe using the code.
For the Kids
Boca Raton Museum of Art: Visit their website to download hundreds of art lesson plans for students of all ages.
Drawing Prompts to Inspire and De-Stress Your Family: Is your family suffering from stressful vibes? Have everyone sit down to create art using one or several of the drawing prompts in this post.
Schoolhouse Rock: Last fall the girls and I went to Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) to watch Schoolhouse Rock Live. DCT has put together a list of where you can watch some of the most popular song videos. We love you Interplanet Janet. Oh, and you bet there’s also a Schoolhouse Rock video for the 19th amendment.
Self-Isolating Choirs and Orchestras Performing At-Home Concerts: These musicians have found a beautiful way to spread joy online.
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Top photo taken in Austin by Nick Bolton on Unsplash.