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“Queer Eye” Makes Me Believe Again

The most positive, encouraging, and uplifting thing in this shit storm right now is the reboot of “Queer Eye.”  Chalk full of acceptance and personal growth, these five gay men guide a straight man in each episode to leveling up his grooming, style, culinary, home, and self-confidence game. This season all takes place in Georgia and I curious to see how they dealt with different worldviews from more traditionally-minded folk.  I was pleasantly surprised to see wonderful exchanges on perspectives and respectful discourse on issues such as police brutality, gender norms in gay relationships, and religious intolerance of gay folks. While I might not agree with the perspectives shared, what I found most insightful was how they modeled engaging in a difficult dialogue.  So often (especially in the traditional South) people shy away from engaging in conversation on controversial topics such as the ones mentioned above.  The problem avoidance creates is ignorance.  While experiential learning feels gross, it is one of the best ways to transform the dysfunctional ways we see the world. Challenge: think …

Little Free Pantry Meet Over Bake Section

About ten years ago I lived in a shed in a friend’s grandparents’ backyard.  I didn’t have enough money or support to take care of myself so they let me live there rent-free for nine months to get back on my feet.  During this time I became lactose intolerant because I didn’t have a way to refrigerate food.  I primarily lived off carbs, fruit, water, and veggies via shift meals at the restaurants I worked. My life is a lot different now and I definitely have a lot to be grateful for: I own my home, have a steady job (a few actually), a great partner, and generally okay fur babies.  I still remember what it was like to scramble to figure out how to feed myself and the way I give back is bread donations to the many Athens’ Little Free Pantries (LFP). Thinking you don’t have enough money to donate bread?  You do!  Almost every grocery store with a bakery has an over bake section.  When I grocery shop I swing by the …

33 Random Acts of Kindness

Why 33?  Because I turn 33 next month!  To honor the years I’ve been on this planet I want to complete the following random acts of kindness: For Work Send an encouraging email Write a positive sticky note Take a day of no complaining Online Share a favorite recipe Write 5 positive comments on social media To Connect With Old Friends Send a postcard Send an inspirational book Ship a care package Call an old friend once a week and chat For My Community Run/walk a 5K Donate used towels and blankets to a shelter Gift cookies to neighbors By lemonade from one of the kids’ stands in our neighborhood Hold a teddy bear drive Clean gym equipment Thank someone every week Let someone go in front of me in line Return shopping carts for others at the grocery store Purchase extra dog/cat food and/or litter for an animal shelter Leave a box of goodies for the mail carrier Donate 10” of my hair For Self Drink more water! Have a judgment free day Focus …

You Made It Weird: Naomi Ekperigin

Naomi Ekperigin.  Repeat after me: Naomi Ehk-pear-eh-ghen.  Now repeat again and again until you get it right because she is a gem among mundane mountains of stale, re-purposed comedy.  The wonderful Pete Holmes (who I’ve been growing to love via his radiant show “Crashing” which shows his early days in comedy as a new divorcee after growing up in a deep religious upbringing) featured her on his podcast “You Made It Weird” where you can see why she’s poised to take on her own show. Favorite quotes from the episode: “This is why in therapy they don’t let you see the notes.” “We’ve been together for 8 years and been to a lot of weddings – I don’t want people sitting at a circular table, waiting on some chicken breast, and making small talk with somebody’s cousin.” “I present as Alpha but I’m very deeply Beta.” “I love a funny awkward.  If you’re on the spectrum I’m into you.” “I was always into one-night stands for the intimate cuddle.” “It’s almost a microaggression to tell …