Friday Five – July 10, 2020

This week’s delayed Friday Five is brought to you by the mother fucking skunk that sprayed Penny three nights ago. My hate for these wretched rodents is REAL. This past weekend will go down as one of my least favorite of all time.

Some things that moved me this week:

What I’m watching:

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga on Netflix
I can’t believe I’m actually including this here. I had seen an ad for this movie and it looked bizarre, but I love Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell is pretty funny, so I turned it on to watch what I thought would be a few minutes. I couldn’t turn it off! It IS bizarre and hilarious and so much fun. Eurovision, I learned, is a legitimate international song contest that takes place in Europe every year and it is a big deal. Apparently Will Ferrell, who wrote the script, is a huge fan. The movie follows Lars (Ferrell) and Sigrit (McAdams) on their journey to represent their home country of Iceland at the contest. There is one music medley scene about halfway through that includes some actual Eurovision winners that is highly entertaining. It’s so good, I went back and watched it again. And dare I say I will actually watch the whole film again? Didn’t see this one coming!

TED Talk: The transformative power of classical music with Benjamin Zander
Ben Zander is the author of The Art of Possibility that I wrote about recently. Like his book, he uses his love of classical music as the vehicle to convey his broader messages in this talk about living into possibility. Zander is inspiring, funny and a talented pianist.

What I’m reading:

Our Minds Aren’t Equipped for This Kind of Reopening by Tess Wilkinson-Ryan for The Atlantic

Counting Crows: Birds on a Wire by David Wild for Rolling Stone
This week was the 18th anniversary of the release of the Counting Crows’ Hard Candy album, which sent me down a serious rabbit hole yesterday. My love for this band runs deep. I came across this piece in Rolling Stone from 26 years ago that I’d never read before.

What I’m listening to:

On Being with Krista Tippett: Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem In Conversation

Quote I’m pondering:

“The archetype of the Wild Woman and all that stands behind her is patroness to all painters, writers, sculptors, dancers, thinkers, prayermakers, seekers, finders – for they are all busy with the work of invention, and that is the instinctive nature’s main occupation. As in all art, she resides in the guts, not in the head. She can track and run and summon and repel. She can sense, camouflage, and love deeply. She is intuitive, typical, and normative. She is utterly essential to women’s mental and soul health.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Women Who Run With the Wolves.

Feather of the week:

I’ve been seeing feathers everywhere lately, and this one at the beach, was particularly lovely.


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