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Monday Menagerie #5


Just another week full of things that made us smile or made us think… it’s the Monday Menagerie 😀 



Michelle Obama Twitter


Hillary Clinton Twitter 2


Hillary Clinton Twitter 1

…The good news you already heard about, but we are still celebrating!  (From the Twitter accounts of The First Lady and Hillary Clinton, respectively.)





Love Has No Labels

This video speaks for itself. ❤


image via Treehugger; by Luc Schuiten

image via Treehugger; by Luc Schuiten

Architect’s future ‘Vegetal Cities’ merge nature with the man-made

This is SO cool, I wish wish wish we could live in a world where this was reality.  Maybe one day…



Edel Rodriguez via NYtimes

Edel Rodriguez via NYtimes

Why I Can’t Forgive Dylann Roof

Roxane Gay writes so powerfully in this piece.  Although I wish there were more conversations happening about what we as individuals, as a society, can do to help detect and prevent such atrocities from happening.  They aren’t comfortable topics, but gun control and pharmaceutical drug control both need to be moved to the top of the list.

Prescription pharmaceuticals have been associated with all the major shootings of this nature in recent times.  Perhaps we should be talking about what these drugs are doing to the mental health and stability of our young citizens.



Amy Poehler does a fun interview with the Broad City ladies Ilana Glazer and  Abbi Jacobson.  (The last couple minutes are my favorite!)

“Just do it.  Make stuff, play.”



Fahima Boxing by Delphine Renou via NYtimes

Fahima Boxing by Delphine Renou via NYtimes

Afghan Women are Boxing, Rapping, and Breaking All Manner of Tradition

French photographer Delphine Renou captures the lives and stories of some brave and strong women in Afghanistan.  Powerful and inspiring.

“I would like this project to show that there is more to Afghanistan than the Taliban, the burqa, the war … to show the strength and courage of these young women but also of the men who support them in this momentum of emancipation.”




via Forbes

via Forbes

Top Five Takeaways From The 2015 Forbes Women’s Summit

“Something I had to learn as a woman in business is…to ask for help and not be afraid of the criticism.  And when you don’t know what to do, to be okay with not knowing and learning.  And don’t be defined by your mistakes.”  -Jessica Alba/Honest Company



the skimm

The Skimm

Jamie B. turned me on to this brilliant new source and it’s now one of my favorite things to see in my inbox!  They strike the perfect balance between important information and a good dose of humor.

“theSkimm is the daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. We do the reading for you – across subject lines and party lines – and break it down with fresh editorial content.”


via 1mw

via 1mw

7 ways to invest your money in the environment

Most of these things we can be doing right now.

“The funny thing is, most sustainable actions also save you money, make you healthier, educate your kids and overall bring you a happier and lighter lifestyle, so what are you waiting for?”


(shared by Jamie Bullock)




This American Life – Captain’s Log, Episode #559

This was definitely the most inspiring story I heard all weekend.  TAL never ceases to amaze me with their original reporting.  (The whole episode is fantastic, but I particularly liked Act 1)  You can listen above ↑

“PJ Vogt’s friend plays a trick on some girl scouts. The trick doesn’t work. The girl scouts don’t realize they’re being pranked. And in trying to figure out why, PJ comes across a logbook that tells him a secret history about the power of the girl scouts’ unrelenting cheerfulness.”



Andrew Rae via NYtimes

Andrew Rae via NYtimes

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

Maybe this is the geek in me coming out, but this article had me transfixed.  I can’t believe we’re not talking about THIS kind of research every day, it’s so amazing.  But not only that, it’s something that can have far-reaching implications if it becomes better understood.  What if we could improve our mental health, our entire state of being at the cellular level, by changing our diet?  In a sense, I think this kind of research serves to underscore the most essential aspects of living nature that we already know:  An organism that is fed healthy stuff is going to work better.


“Biologists now believe that much of what makes us human depends on microbial activity. The two million unique bacterial genes found in each human microbiome can make the 23,000 genes in our cells seem paltry, almost negligible, by comparison…’We are, at least from the standpoint of DNA, more microbial than human. That’s a phenomenal insight and one that we have to take seriously when we think about human development.’’’

Given the extent to which bacteria are now understood to influence human physiology, it is hardly surprising that scientists have turned their attention to how bacteria might affect the brain. Micro-organisms in our gut secrete a profound number of chemicals, and researchers like Lyte have found that among those chemicals are the same substances used by our neurons to communicate and regulate mood, like dopamine, serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). These, in turn, appear to play a function in intestinal disorders, which coincide with high levels of major depression and anxiety. Last year, for example, a group in Norway examined feces from 55 people and found certain bacteria were more likely to be associated with depressive patients.

‘‘The larger concept is, and this is pure speculation: Is a disease like autism really a disease of the brain or maybe a disease of the gut or some other aspect of physiology?’’


(And if this stuff interests you, go get your mind blown by reading about the gut’s second brain)


photo at top by Joshua Trujillo via



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