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Happy half-way through day, ladies and gents! Links for your perusing pleasure…

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+ As everyone here knows, I can get pretty political and impassioned when people are being wronged… but instead, I will just leave this gorgeous series of photos of the prayer chain in Charleston here, because I need–and maybe you to do–to focus on the positive for a while. It’s absolutely stunning what people can do when they work together.

+ A lot of people these days say reading is a waste of time, or boring, or insert other moronic excuse here. GOOD NEWS, LIT LOVERS: WE DA HAPPIEST!

+ I’m 114% positive I have thought this type of malpractice was going to happen to me before because I KNOW MY BODY, but doctors think I’m crazy. Doctors let this poor girl die because they didn’t take her seriously, and I am so proud of her mother for making a public effort to change that in the face of losing her gal. Brava, lady.

+ I’m intuitive and introverted (with a pesky outgoing personality), and this is why you think I’m totally bonkers.

+ Back to that whole book thing mentioned above: if you need a summer reading list, Refinery29’s got you! I also have a massive stack beside my bed I could roll-call for you, but I’m not sure you’d find that appealing!

+ My fave Aussie blogger came up with a list of 35 things she’s learned about life in 35 years, and I agree with ALL of them… except maybe the kid one 😉

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Hey, did you know PYGMY HIPPOS WERE A THING?! Now you do & you can obsess with me!

Hey, did you know PYGMY HIPPOS WERE A THING?! Now you do & you can obsess with me!

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Happy birthday to my little sis, C! Her birthday is actually tomorrow AND today because you know, TIME DIFFERENCES – ooohh, time travel!!! I love you from the bottom of the ocean, all the way to the moon and back. Tomorrow, we will be doing a special blog entry where both of us write a letter to something from our childhood…

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+ First things first: we need to talk about Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. (<< Trigger warning on this article.) This is a terrifying tragedy that could mean a lot of implications for the global community. I think the best thing for all of us in the blogging community to do is 1) to acknowledge this moment. We have a social responsibility since we have a public platform. 2) to show how we support one another and those involved, no matter our heritage or political party; we can set the mark for others by sticking together, which is just the opposite of what many malevolent people in this world want us to do. We must prove better. My heart goes out to those lost and those mourning for them.

+ If anyone has heavy boots after that link, please enjoy these Disney princesses reimagined as sloths in GIF form.

+ If anyone wants to help MH17 families, for now, Malaysia Airlines is providing monetary assistance, though I am sure other ways to lend a hand will emerge very shortly.

+ If anyone needs something sunny and happy now, please know that this beautiful (and largest of them all) swimming pool exists in Chile.

+ If anyone needs a laugh, to remember that there IS good in this world, watch the video below:

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Happy Wednesday, my lovelies!

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+ This link is a little selfish of me, but when I read fatmumslim’s blog entry about her feelings about the phone, I felt such an overwhelming sense of simpatico! I hope my friends now understand my weird phone habits/anxiety thanks to the words of a wonderful blogger. Ya know… other than me 😉

+ I can’t believe there are people in the world who think this kind of stuff is the right way to do business. Check out this phone call of a Comcast rep trying his damnedest to get Ryan Block NOT to cancel his subscription.

+ This piece in Esquire about the American attitude toward pit bulls is fascinating. The author, Tom Junod, even compares our thinking about the dogs to the way we think about things as a whole in America. Long, but totally worth it!

+ I could (and probably have) write about this “secret” epidemic plaguing the American people all day: painkiller/opiate addiction thanks to prescription pills.

+ An important discussion we ALL need to be having is started beautifully in this Refinery29 article about why it’s 100% okay to choose to NOT have children.

+ On the subject of children, you will love other people (even if you’re a misanthrope) after reading this article about a grieving family who made a simple request on reddit that turned into a beautiful cycle of giving.

+ Why racist and other bigoted terms should not have a double-standard.

+ Alright, enough of the heavy stuff. I dare you not to have a good day after you view these photos of dogs put inside a photo booth and left to their own devices.

+ Oh, and if you’re a Harry Potter fan, get yourself to reading these new entries about the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore.com. And if you’re a HP fan without a Pottermore account, all I can say is…

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