18 Jan 5 Friyays: January 18
Hiya! It’s Dr. Hinson back with my 5 Friyays for the week of January 18th! We’re busy here at AR HQ getting ready for some exciting new things for 2019 – but I still had time to find my five favorite things from the week that was! Let’s crack on, shall we?
What I Want To Be When I Grow Up
When I was wee I wanted to be a gymnast. I even took classes for a couple of years before I grew too tall and my feet dragged on the floor on the uneven bars. Even though that dream had to die, I’ve always loved the sport. This week we were treated to a viral video of a FABULOUS routine from UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi. If you missed it, take the two minutes of joy right now!
Gillette’s Social Commentary
We’re in a place now where American advertisers are taking on larger social issues and movements. From Nike’s support of both Colin Kaepernick and Serena Williams to countless others, advertisers are realizing that nothing gets them a viral video as quick as a ‘woke’ advert. The latest to run the gauntlet is Gillette’s ad addressing toxic masculinity. I am firmly in the camp that an ad asking men to treat others respectfully, and raise their children to be respectful is a good thing, but it’s also created a whole ton of controversy (thus proving the point about the pervasive nature of toxic masculinity).
A Surprise Hamilweek
You already know that Dr. Donnelly and I are a bit OBSESSED with Hamilton the Musical. It’s currently playing in Pittsburgh and this week I bit the rather expensive bullet and bought my Mom and I tickets for Sunday’s matinee. Alexander wasn’t the most popular politician. I’m sure many Hamilton venues are digging up some juicy stories on the 10 Dollar Founding Father. Thus, I share this article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, detailing Hamilton’s trip to Pittsburgh during the time of the Whiskey Rebellion. If the musical gives us all a better understanding of our own history, it will have done a great service. Mom and I aren’t throwing away our shot to see it and we can’t wait to be in the room where it happens!!
Belfast: A City of Dissenters
There were many Brexit-related happenings this week in Ireland and the UK, but rather than harp on about the shambolic negotiations, I wanted to share a fabulous article about my adopted home city. There’s a remarkable history of dissent and rebellion in Belfast, transcending religion, politics, and culture in many ways. It’s a pretty great wee (and historic) town, give this a read to learn more.
An Unexpected Party (in NYC)
I am a massive JRR Tolkien nerd. I love the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books and movies (the 1970s animated gems). I adored the LOR film adaptations but thought making The Hobbit into a 3-part monstrosity was a step too far. All that to say, I am now planning how I can get to this exhibition of original Tolkien drawings the next time I’m in NYC. If you love the books, these illustrations look wonderful!
Those are my 5 Friyays for this week! Dr. Donnelly will be back next Friday with her latest list. Until then, dear readers!