One of the reasons I started this blog was that I wanted a place to share everything I was thinking about. It’s hard to know what you think about something until you write it down. As well as place that holds stories, photos and tales of tea and travel, I also share fun things I find on the Internet. Every Sunday I share a peek of what I’m reading, listening to, inspired by, and give an update about what’s going on in my life. These are my Sunday sundries.
So it’s Sunday. Which was named after Sol, the god the Romans made up to copy the Greek Helios, who was introduced from the Greeks from Asia. Or, if you’re in New Delhi, today is Ravivar, the day to worship the sun Lord Surya who can save you from skin diseases. In Nepal, today is gza’ nyi ma or གཟའ་ཉི་མ།. In In Tokyo, it’s nichiyōbi or 日曜日. In Munich, it’s Sonntag.
I won’t go on too much about London right now, because I have a big post coming later today about my first week here. If you can’t stand the anticipation and need a quick reprieve: It’s awesome. I’m doing well.
Mel Had Tea got a shout out in The Guardian last week, which was pretty cool, and my radio piece about the fight for PTSD service dogs for Canadian veterans was listed as a semi-finalist for the Emerge Media Awards in the audio storytelling category. The winners will be announced on April 25 in Toronto. If I win then I can call myself an “award-winning journalist,” which bodes well for future bio blurbs.
Here’s what I’ve been reading:
- This short documentary about how Sailor Moon changed 90s kids lives made me cry.
- I admire this budget adventurer’s ambitious London – Papua New Guinea backpacking plans.
- The Kitchen Sisters have this cool series about the hidden world of girls, about the coming of age trials, rituals and rites of young women. Their piece about Ireland’s traveller women was really captivating.
- The chill.out.brain playlist on Spotify saved my life during my last week of class.
- Martin Luther King Jr. was a trekkie.
- Here’s hoping my j-school comrade Alex skips the reporting career and goes straight to making more funny videos on YouTube.
- When Tim Cook’s energy car becomes a symbol for something more.
- Trust the system instead of the goal.
- I will not do any of these things in a British home.
- Two college degrees to pick up groceries for rich people.
- This woman chose a road trip instead of chemotherapy. It’s hard to argue with her.
- Cute Canada-USA relations via Tumblr.
- Have you ever kissed your abuser? Society is still grooming women in weird ways.
- An underwear-stealing cat. News I can get behind.
While putting this week’s sundries together I realized that I hadn’t posted anything last week (uh oh!) because that was the day I landed in London and I think in the back of my mind I had some intention of doing it after I got here. But, I was way too tired and busy looking around and having fun to do it. No regrets, but here is a pretty sweet video of Ira Glass that I hope makes up for it.
I’ve posted this before but wanted to share it again because I found a longer version, and because it gives me hope.
Yours from London,