Friday News Bites: Gun Violence, Terrorist Violence, + What do we even say anymore?

With server changes around these parts, I’ve been away for a couple of weeks, and in that time we’ve had a lot of disheartening news happen around the world. I don’t even know what to say about it all, but I’ll do my best to round it up here, and then let’s all go get a drink together. Sound good? Okay.

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5 Books with Savannah

Welcome back to 5 Books, our occasional series exploring the reading habits of our editors, writers, and commenters. This week, we’re spending some time with Savannah, one of our long term contributors and commenters. She’s always got something interesting to say and her choice of books is no exception.

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Ten Cats That You Must Have If You Must Have a Cat

I was pregnant with Sofia when I had a revelation. We were at my parents’ house, and my baby sister (okay, she was 22) was talking to my parents about food, patiently explaining the merits and superfoodness of lemons. As an adult child of parents, this seemed totally natural. That’s what kids do. They teach their parents how to be more awesome.

As a pre-parent, though, it was like I was struck by lightning. I’d spent three decades carefully honing my awesomeness. What could some punk kid have to teach me? Read More Ten Cats That You Must Have If You Must Have a Cat

Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

Happy birthday, Girl Scouts!!! This year marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Girl Scouts and today is the big day that Juliette Gordon Low first gathered 18 girls to form the first troop. This, of course, means celebration via Girl Scout cookie eating and a stroll through the history of Girl Scouts. Grab your beanies, sashes and try-its, ladies, and prepare to be amazed by the awesome accomplishments of Girl Scouts.

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On Troy Davis

I write this article on Tuesday, September 20th with the most recent news that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Troy Davis’s request for clemency. Davis is still scheduled for execution on Wednesday, September 21st. My hope is that tomorrow evening, this piece will seem like nothing more than an overreaction, an afterthought, a commentary a touch too late because of a change that will spare an innocent man’s life. Read More On Troy Davis