Favorite Things + Links


October 13, 2015 by Julia

Hey, ya’ll! Welcome to the inside of my head.

Portraits of Women That Capture Realness and/or Awesomeness:

Lisa, 120 x 100 cm, acrylic on canvas:

Lisa, 120 x 100 cm, acrylic on canvas, by Hanjo Schmidt http://www.hanjoschmidt.com/english/gallery-2012/

 : By grimeyslime at DeviantArt, found at: http://grimeyslime.deviantart.com/gallery

reminds me of spain - originally from firsttimeuser:

Found at

MINICUADRO by David Fernandez Saez https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidfs/4499992094/

MINICUADRO by David Fernandez Saez https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidfs/4499992094/

A new series to keep you inspired is out now. Inspirational Art Series #58 More: http://freshersmag.com/inspirational-art-series-58/:

This one speaks to me about what it means to be a modern-day woman. Don’t you feel like her, trying to keep everything afloat? Or maybe that’s just me, being overly dramatic and anxious. From the series “Dream” by Goni Montes https://www.behance.net/gallery/Dream/6229589

Breath Easy by Dawn Okoro website: http://www.dawnokoro.com/

Socks, original painting by Ruth Shively. Elegant and hip. #rowenamurillo:

Socks by Ruth Shively, website: http://ruthshively.com/drupal/home

Leo and Diane Dillon—created with pastel, watercolor, acrylic and marbleized paper.:

By acclaimed illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon for the 1977 book “Child of the Morning.” Found at http://mydelineatedlife.blogspot.com/2011/01/wonderful-illustrators.html

Latest Favorite Songs:

Stick around through the slow, cooler-than-thou, bluesy build for the blistering guitar solo. Girl power to the max!!

This is actually from 1999, and it sounds like it, and brings back all kinds of nostalgia for me even though I didn’t know the song at the time. Gorgeous, bittersweet rock. 

I’ve been super-into the new album from Wolf Alice, My Love is Cool. It’s got a little bit of everything: cheeky humor, spaced-out beats, crunchy guitar solos, and a lady singer who can coo or scream with the best of them. Girl power to the max, part deux!! Listen to the full album here: 

Random Good Reads from Around the Net:

The Most Depressing Buzzfeed Article of All Time at Wait But Why. Hilarious and dumb.

The Lives of Inspiring Artists, Scientists and Writers in Illustrated Books for Children at Brainpickings, featuring Ella Fitzgerald, e.e.cummings, Albert Einstein, Julia Child, and more.

This is what interviews should always be like. A little old (from December 2014) but awesome. Chris Rock: The Rolling Stone Interview

I just love when someone loves a certain a book and can’t stop telling everyone about it.

25 Things I’ve Learned in 9 Years of Simplifying My Life

Rethinking Exercise as a Source of Immediate Rewards A highly inspiring approach for me…more motivating than vanity or even a vague sense of “health.”

Bunnies, because bunnies.

Such a fab picture:

Found on littleg.tumblr.com

Doris Rice:

Artist Unknown – found on Pinterest

Lapin, Marianne Ratier:

Lapin by Marianne Ratier, found at http://marianneratier.blogspot.com/

Readings on Civil Rights and Social Issues:

Your story will heal you / Quote / Iyanla Vanzant / Insight <3:

America is undergoing a period of cultural change right now – more so than usual, I think – and if we want to be part of this movement toward justice and reconciliation, one thing we can do is read. Whether you need help waking up to the real challenges of our fellow Americans, or need help finding the words for your own experience of injustice – it’s a place to start. Of course, as a big reader, I’m biased. But, again: it’s a place to start.

Was it really racist for a principal to point out that all the black people were leaving? at Rage Against the Minivan (Spoiler alert: Yes.)

How 7 Things That Have Nothing to do With Rape Perfectly Illustrate the Concept of Consent at Upworthy. I know no one wants to read about rape. But honestly, there is still a lot of confusion about what consent looks like (especially among teenagers, I imagine), and this clears it up. Something they should show in high school sex-ed classes.

Addy Walker, American Girl: The role of black dolls in American Culture by Brit Bennet at The Paris Review. This one made me cry.

The Church is Responsible For This by Candice Czubernat “When you’re gay and you’re looking for a church, they fall into two main categories; those who state clearly that they are welcoming and affirming to the LGBTQ community and those who say something like, “This is a church for all people” but don’t mention the LGBTQ community by name.”

Just Mercy

Last week I finished reading Just Mercy by lawyer Bryan Stevenson, which is the true story of Mr. Stevenson’s journey through the often toxic American judicial system that continues to oppress and kill too many innocent people because of their race, poverty, disadvantage or mental illness. It’s a book that everyone should read, and it is a tough pill to swallow. But I couldn’t put it down; I cared too much about the lives at stake. Mr. Stevenson does so much good, and outs so much truth, without ever being showy about it. I am not sure how anyone could read this without opening their minds and hearts a little more. It infuriates and inspires.

And now for a little truth from Momastery. I was thinking today that this is the best way to rekindle hope when we get discouraged. Goodness will lead us back.


Thank you for reading and looking and listening. I hope you find some good this week, friends.

#quotes of the day #daily quotes #inspirational quotes #lovequotes #amazingquotes #trendingquotes #cutequotes #sadquotes #quotes #sayings:

Or so I keep hoping.

3 thoughts on “Favorite Things + Links

  1. Liz Hott says:

    Bookmarking this for afternoon internet distraction time. Thank you for sharing! xx

  2. Vike Thurston says:

    I always love the “inside of your head.” You know me (classical music geek), but I always enjoy the songs you share! And I’m with you – I hope “Just Mercy” gets read by millions of people.


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