I’ve written the intro to today’s CRL a million different ways and nothing feels quite right. How do you even find the words to try and capture what you feel when you’re faced with such immense tragedy, again and again. A tragedy that you know is preventable if it weren’t for politicians clinging to power and lining their pockets with money from the NRA. It’s actually sickening to think about. And yet we’re expected to just keep going, showing up to work and life as if it’s just another day in America. Sadly it is.
It’s Memorial Day weekend, an important holiday to honor those who’ve died serving in our military. I can’t stop thinking about something I read this week. Americans cause fellow Americans more harm than any foreign enemy. “More than 1.5 million died of gunshots in the past 50 years vs. 1.2 million in all the wars in the country’s history. This year alone, mass shootings have killed or injured more than 1,800.” That’s not to take away from the sacrifice of any military member or their family, but to recognize the magnitude of the crisis of gun violence in this country. There’s no holiday to remember the victims of gun violence.
With so much tragedy and loss I keep going back to the podcast episode from Brené Brown and Karen Walrond on Accessing Joy and Finding Connection in the Midst of Struggle. “Accessing joy and accessing gratitude is what reminds us what we’re fighting for.” Don’t forget to find your pockets of joy. We have a long road ahead. We can’t throw up our hands or bury our heads in the sand. It has never been more important to find the strength within ourselves to keep fighting for the future our kids (and all of us) deserve. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourselves. Wishing you a safe and joyful weekend.
If you’re looking for something to buy, try, read, share or pin, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the best of the week…
Jess (J) & Caylin (C)
Click. Read. Love. 5.27.22
Call your effing Senator. And even though this list is of Senators who oppose common sense gun legislation, call them whether they are in support or not. They need to hear from you and know you support HR 8, which would expand background checks, and HR 1446, which would increase the background check waiting period.
How to buy a gun in 16 countries…it’s really interesting to see the difference in process in every country and how that changes the instances of gun violence.
If you want to donate money, make your dollar go far with a donation to a Democratic candidate running against an anti-gun safety Republican.
New FBI study shows mass shooters aren’t just loners who suddenly snap.
Let’s not forget teachers, who are notoriously underpaid and overworked, who have to deal with safety concerns…
If you need a break from doom scrolling, season four of Stranger Things returns on Friday! (Caylin)
Why haven’t more moms returned to the paid workforce?
Nice to see a popular reality show taking a stand against fast fashion.
A cool feature about pro surfer Kai Lenny.
Season 2 of Hacks is saving me this week. (Jess)
A beautiful essay about the Uvalde School shooting and what to do next.
Shannon Watts in response to gun violence: “Nobody Can Sit on the Sidelines Anymore”
An interview with Ukraine’s first lady.
A Few Memorial Day Weekend Sales
Get 25% off everything at Madewell with code LONGWEEKEND. I love these white jeans I got (sized down), this white midi dress (30% off!), this flowy linen blouse, these sweatshorts and this super cute tennis skirt.
It’s 20% off orders over $1000 at Sixpenny. I’m planning to order some new slipcovers for my Neva sofa and Gabriel Daybed. Here’s my full review of my Sixpenny Furniture.
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