Things making me happy this week:
- The Love Songs of Sappho: There’s a lot of poetry that I love, but there’s a lot more that I struggle to get though. I put off reading Sappho for a long time, because I wanted to love it and I was afraid I wouldn’t. A few months ago when I was in my apartment’s “take a book, leave a book library”, I found a little used copy of The Love Songs of Sappho translated by Paul Roche, and I took that as a sign. I started it this week, and it’s exactly what I wanted it to be. The poems are short and bright with no pretension, and they still resonate so strongly despite having been written over 2,000 years ago.
- Looking for helpers: If you missed the story this week, a 99-year-old British man named Captain Tom Moore started a fundraiser for the National Health Service, saying he would walk 100 laps of his garden in the hopes of raising £1,000. The response was so positive he upped his goal to £500,000. At the time I’m writing this, he’s raised over £16,700,000 and plans to keep walking laps.
- ImmaEATthat: The diet industry and the cult of thinness are always insidious forces of evil, but I’ve been an increase in vicious, shaming messaging since gyms have closed and people have been staying home more. So positive messaging from blogs like immaEATthat is more important than ever, and I really liked Kyle’s post this week. It’s normal to know that the pursuit of smallness is not a moral imperative, and that it’s natural and acceptable to find comfort in food, and that body shape and size fluctuates but value does not- and still not always feel great. Kylie’s post is specifically about a body that has changed through pregnancy, but it’s meant for anyone who needs it.
- This cat who brings slippers to her person