“I want every version of a woman and a man to be possible. I want women and men to be able to be full-time parents or full-time working people or any combination of the two. I want both to be able to do whatever they want sexually without being called names. I want them to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad — human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.” Preach it, Natalie!
Evidently our North Star will someday no longer fulfill its purpose. But fear not! There’s a successor already in place.
Food for thought on the limits of empathy.
I found this post by Penelope to be absolutely fascinating. Especially this line from the comments: “I think every marriage that lasts is a marriage where each person, at one point or another, broke the contract. That’s how hard marriage is.”
So there is a lake that turns birds to stone. That’s a real thing. And it’s kind of beautiful.
A serious but important piece from Ellen about the importance of money discussions in a family.
Oh Peeps, I cannot recommend this cookbook highly enough, and I don’t even own it yet. Well Fed is one of my tried and true favorite cookbooks and I am so looking forward to Well Fed 2! Right after I added it to my Amazon cart, my mom emailed to say she had already pre-ordered it for me!
In case you’re interested, I appreciated this primer on the sequester. [Comment Zen: I’m not interested in debating politics here, it’s just good information to have.]
If you’re in need of an easier way to do hardboiled eggs, this way is pretty idiot-proof, hands-off, and easy. I forgot to shut of my oven before I went to work, so the eggs stayed in for about 24 hours instead of 9-11, and they’re still delicious. Creamy, even. Infinitely better than the “traditional” way of hardboiling eggs.
Today there’s a New Moon in Libra. Elsa Elsa is a new-to-me astrologer, but I like her style. “But drama is not inherently bad. Intensity is not inherently bad. Energy is neutral until it is directed. If you don’t direct this energy, you may very well be hit hard, but why not direct it? I don’t think it will be that hard do to.” [emphasis mine]