5 Friyays: January 24

5 Friyays: January 24

Hello from snowy Pittsburgh! I’m at ARPgh this week as Dr. Hinson and I work away on all the amazing content we are bringing you this year. Y’all, it is intense and awesome. We are spending so much time together, it’s a good thing we’re so close! Haha, but not really. 

Anyway, my Friyays this week are as scattered as my job was. I’ve been here focusing on Research, I was in North Carolina last week in my COO role, and I’ve been reading a ton for my side gig as a book reviewer. Lots of hats, lots of perspectives. So away we go. 

The Importance of Conscience

I had the privilege of learning from Brett Pyle this past week. I wish you all could, but thankfully he’s done a TEDx talk that shares some of what I learned.

Tributes to Mary Oliver

I am not a huge poetry fan – although I’m trying to grow in that area – but Mary Oliver’s words have always undone me. With her recent passing, I’ve taken the opportunity to go back through her works and even discover new ones. Below is my favorite of her works because it resonates with me every single day. You’ve probably heard it – it’s quoted a lot – but for me, this is my life calling. People routinely trust me with their boxes of darkness and I attempt to remember with every single one that it is a gift.

Amanda Knox

Yesterday, Amanda Knox was awarded damages by the European Court of Human Rights for the wrongs done to her over her suspected involvement in the death of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007. (If you know nothing about this case, I’d head over to Netflix and watch their documentary on it ASAP.) Whether or not Knox committed the crime, she was treated completely inappropriately by the Italian courts and I’m glad that is getting recognized.


I have loved many movies I saw this year, but none as much as Black Panther and I am deeeeelighted that it is getting the awards recognition it deserves. I will be absolutely pulling for this for Best Picture once the ceremony rolls around.

Carmen Sandiego

One of my favorite things as a child was to play the various Carmen Sandiego computer games. I adore trivia and history and these were great intersections of each. I’m thrilled Netflix is bringing this character back and that Gina Rodriguez is playing her. The promo material is coming out and I found this particular video delightful.

Well, that’s it from me folks! Dr. H will be back next week! 

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