The Good Stuff: Herbal Remedies for Emotional Healing, the 25 Best Brunch Instagram Accounts, and Why The Arts Improve Lives

It's been a real tricky week over here in the United States.  Donald Trump became POTUS, women marched across the globe in solidarity with protesters here in the U.S. in one of the largest demonstration gatherings ever recorded, a lot of top government officials resigned without warning, and basically it's all going to hell in a handbag (but not one designed by Tom Ford, of course).  I imagine America looks like a big ol' hot mess to all our world neighbors, and in fact, IT IS.  It's discouraging, embarrassing, and deflating.

Now, while it may seem like a pitiful appeal, I urge everyone in this time of absolute tumult to stay kind to each other.  I know it gets really hard.  People are mean!  People are wrong!  Their side sucks!  But if we just make an effort to consider everyone's feelings, to listen with actual open ears and permit productive dialogues to take place, at least we as citizens can do something in the direction of what's good, even when our leaders are a fkn piece of work.

Below are some links to check out for when you're seriously just so done with all the political back-and-forth garbage on social media.  You're welcome. 

 

A scientist invented a cyanometer just so he could measure the blueness of the sky

To my fellow word lovers and grammar snobs: this Harvard linguist has revealed the English language's most misused words.

It's no secret this past Christmas season was a difficult one for me, so even though the holidays are now behind us, I really appreciated this article on the fullness of life and not shaming sadness around the holidays.  Oh, and there's a recipe for Tuscan olive oil cake!

The 25 best brunch Instagram accounts

Say goodbye to dreams of flat abs, there's now a cookie dough cafe.  

No doubt about it, the arts improve lives

5 times women-led protests changed the course of history. 

A tasty recipe for black tea-poached pear with mascarpone cream and muesli.  YUM!

Your morning coffee might just slow down aging! Caffeine AND longevity?! Bonus! (If you're more of a tea-drinker like me, there's hope for us too!)

I've been really committed to acts of kindness lately, so imagine my pleasure of learning that one of the coolest stores around--Paper Source-- has launched their very own kindness initiative.  Get involved!

Hey Harry Potter fans, you can pick up your very own Potter-themed bathcare items. The shop that sells them is absolutely darling... I can't wait to snatch up a few (okay a lot)!

Easy herbal remedies for emotional healing. #selfcare

I am definitely going to check out Eye Level, a soon-to-be-launched “literary lifestyle” magazine featuring rising authors, must-read new releases and insights from thought leaders across cultural genres.

The difference between a happy life and a meaningful life, and why one is more likely to leave you feeling satisfied.