Coffee Break: June 24th


A few things I’ve enjoyed around the web this week…

The day after the longest day of the year – beautiful writing from Amanda Palmer on the death of her best friend. Do not read this at work or in public.

10 Things to Look Forward to on the Other Side of Busyness – Getting there. Getting there.

This guy ate only food “for women” for two weeks. Amusing, sure, but also kind of sad. (Spoiler: Most of that stuff is not actually food.) “… Because if you replace full meals with Special K you’ll essentially starve, which is definitely one way to lose weight.”

How to Become an Ally to the Black Community. I am typically silent about painful topics like racism and these events (most recently, the Charleston shootings) on social media. It’s not because I don’t care, obviously. I don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said a lot more eloquently than I can say it. But, I am aware that looking away because it hurts my heart is an egregious abuse of my privilege and absolutely the wrong thing to do. It should hurt. We should all be feeling it, and talking about it, and identifying the ways that we’re part of the problem, and then immediately cutting that shit out.

And, along the same vein: This is my house. “I don’t have to tell you that Nazi’s are bad and mass murderers are fuckheads and that racism is bullshit and suicide should be avoided and rape is shitty and water is wet and cats will scratch you if given enough time. This is all common sense. If I have to say this out loud for you to get those things then you are in the wrong place.”

Shifting gears to something a little more light-hearted, two weeks of status updates from your vague friends on Facebook made me chuckle.

And, finally, a special offer! My friend Allie recently launched the Love your Website e-course, offering a DIY-approach to crafting a strategic online space. She was also sweet enough to offer a discount code for me to share with you — if you’d like to give it a shot, you can use the code sixteenjuly for $30 off.