This past week can only be described as heartbreaking for so many reasons. I personally did not suffer, but I witnessed from afar as people and places I love have dealt with incredibly difficult and devastating situations this week.
> Two of my lifelong neighbors passed away this past week, one from each side of our family's property. They were both elderly and had been suffering poor health for years, but it was still difficult to hear and know they are gone. Just to put this into perspective, there are only seven homes in our tiny neighborhood; losing two people is 20% of my parents' neighbors.
> Then I witnessed two mothers' heartbreak. A girl I graduated with lost her nephew after a lifetime of medical issues. They buried him on his fifth birthday. His mother's blog is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Then a girl I went to college with found out that the little girl she's pregnant with has a rare tumor and will not survive the rest of the pregnancy. I can't imagine such news.
> And then came Wednesday's storms. Dan and I later took shelter in the bathroom, the only place in our apartment without nine-foot windows. The winds were terrifying and the sirens all around town were going off. I was glued to my phone, watching updates on Twitter and absolutely terrified that one of the many rotational clouds heading directly toward downtown Richmond were going to stir up more trouble. I'm so thankful that things ended uneventfully for us here.
Such a tough week; sorry to be so depressing! I've spent a lot of time these past few days very thankful for everything in my life and that our families aren't facing anything incredibly difficult right now. I can only pray that those I know who are suffering will find some peace and that it will all get easier with time.
- Monday's post was a celebration of Scatterbrain's 4th Blogiversary! There's a $150 PayPal cash giveaway going on over there, and you still have until Monday to enter!
- On Wednesday I shared a new restaurant we visited in The Fan, Kuba Kuba.
- If you would like to help the victims of the Appomattox tornado, I've included info on several local organizations who are stepping in to help in yesterday's post.
- Erica of Coming Up Roses encourages everyone to "Give Up Guilt." This was just what I needed to hear this week!
- Sarah Elizabeth of SEDiva Abroad talks about inspiring yourself and the fact that we need to stop dismissing our dreams.
- Shane of Sea Salt Secrets wrote this week's most vulnerable and honest piece on how the pursuit of perfection lead her to having an eating disorder.
- Angie of My So-Called Chaos created a list of her 10 Favorite Wordpress Plugins. Perfect timing, because I'm currently working on my new Wordpress blog design!
- Helene of Helene in Between talked about how and why to create foundational content for your blog before pursuing being the next blogging superstar. (PS, the post also includes a free workbook!)
On the Internets
- If It Were My Home allows you to compare other countries worldwide to where you live. For example, if I lived in Finland instead of the US, I'd be 92% less likely to be in prison, spend 52% less on health care, experience 40% less of a class divide, and be 55% less likely to be murdered. Findland is sounding pretty great right now!
- Are you a Downton Abbey fan? (Let's not even talk about how Sunday's episode is the last one ever!) The real Lady Carnarvon, of the real Highclere Castle from the show, has a blog! Go read and look at photos and learn its history and be totally jealous that she lives in that house in real life.
- The small town of Crickhowell, Wales is leading a British revolt against the unfair corporate tax system. One man explains that he paid the 21% corporate tax rate last year ($45k) while Facebook, also subject to the country's corporate taxes, only paid $6k. (PS, this is also happening in alarming numbers in the US! This is a huge problem!)
- "People are finally talking about the thing nobody wants to talk about:" female menstruation and hygiene in developing countries. Great piece, NPR!