Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 4.25.2014

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Things I love?  Reasonable people saying reasonable things.  Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why we Must Have Both, is a statement signed by a number of respected, thinking people saying that they support gay marriage AND they support the right of others to disagree without being punished.    And here’s a statement from Dale Carpenter at Volokh explaining how he does and does not agree.

Esther Emery’s Why I Will Not Leave the Evangelical Church Today.  Another piece of nuanced, compassionate writing from my friend in Idaho.

A new series is starting up at Vulture.com and it looks FANTASTIC.  The first post is up:  Questlove on How Hip-Hop Failed Black America.  (h/t to Belle at CapHillStyle.)

Joy the Baker has a story/recipe combo post on her blog, making The Old-fashioned, which is (after a bit of trial and error) her cocktail.  It looks awesome and like it would bring a little extra credibility and sophistication to a night out.

Finally, we’ve got a Writing Lessons post from Emily Maloney that has stayed with me this week.  She writes about how she learned to put into practice the important writing mantra of showing up and getting it done.  Reminds me about what Anne Lamott said at the Festival of Faith and Writing, and a new effort to write words on pages at #6am led by my new friend Ed Cyzewski.

Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 01.24.2014

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1.  In a very timely discussion, given recent(ish) posts by Grace Biskie and Modern Mrs. Darcy on this topic in the world of religion, we have Sarah Milstein for the Harvard Business Review with Putting an End to Conferences Dominated by White Men. These are practical tips that you can use when speaking with any conference planners about this issue in the future.  You can just send them this link.

2.  How to Suppress the Apology Reflex, by Audrey S. Lee for the New York Times. I loved this personal essay on how a smart women learned to stop apologizing every time she spoke. AMEN, SISTER. You should not be sorry for taking up space or having opinions. I mean, seriously. [rant over, sorry NOT sorry.]

3.  My friend Osheta’s compilation of posts on race and reconciliation in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. So many good words.  Please do read them.

4.  And on a similar note, this post at the Shriver Brief links you to just about everything you need to know about the relationship between race and poverty and our responses to them both.

5.  Things I want to eat/drink right now this very second: these Grapefruit Mojitos, homemade Dulce de Leche (without condensed milk!), these lemon poppy-seed pancakes, these stuffed bell peppers, and clearly my sickness is showing through because I also really want this fancy-pants bowl full of vegetables.

(Yes, you heard that right!  For my birthday, God gave me the croup.  How lucky am I?!  I’m sure H thinks this cough is incredibly attractive.)

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