17 May 5 Friyays: March 23
Y’all, I am so over snow I can’t even with it. Dr. Hinson and I both are, but I will be your primary whiner today. Nor’easters keep topsy turvying plans and it’s making me feel like I never know what day it is since meetings keep getting rescheduled and such. Anyone else feeling this way? I am so. ready. for. sunshine.
I am an unrepentant fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda and his masterwork Hamilton. He is a peddler of joy and I adore him for it. For the last several months, he’s been releasing small gifts at the end of each month. Collaborations and creative imaginings of Hamilton ephemra, referred to as “Hamildrop”s. This month’s was a collab with Dear Evan Hansen original star and Tony Winner Ben Platt – a mashup of a song from each musical as a love letter to all the students marching for their lives tomorrow. I have been incapable of stopping listening to this thing and Ben and LIn should sing in harmony all the time forever thank you.
Another Win for Religious Liberty
This week, another attempt at getting rid of The Johnson Amendment failed. The Johnson Amendment, by the way, is the provision in the tax code that prohibits electioneering from pulpits and it is incredibly important to the protection of the First Amendment. For more information on the nuances of this, head to BJC Online.
This week, the Romance Writers of America announced the finalist for their annual Best Of awards, called “RITA”s. Romance is, by far, my favorite genre of fiction to read and I’ve been reviewing it for several years as a side gig. While there are so many books I read in 2017 that I adored that didn’t make the list, I was so happy to see several of my favorites acknowledged! Famous by Jenny Holiday, Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins, and Troy by Amy Andrews are all damn delights and I hope they win!
Viva La Independent Bookstores
In this report from NPR, we learned that independent bookstores are experiencing a renaissance. As gathering places for readers, these bookstores are also serving as anchors for new retail development. (My favs are Doylestown Bookshop and Newtown Bookshop – although I wish they wouldn’t be so snotty about romance – and the ever incredible Ripped Bodice.)
This particular item is an intersection of multiple loves for me: Broadway, Philadelphia pride, and Tina Fey. Mean Girls opened this week at the August Wilson theater. Dr. Hinson and I have tickets for next Saturday and we CANNOT WAIT. Make sure you’re following our Instagram, actually, because we’ll be filling our story that day with our adventures.
That’s it from me this week. A personal note, I want to thank you all for your kind words regarding the passing of my maternal grandmother last week. Lettie Lockie was a fierce, strong, kind, holy woman and I am honored to have been hers for 34 years. There is a hole in my soul that is calmed by the knowledge that I’ll be eating rice pudding around her table again soon. Heaven has food, y’all, don’t doubt it.
Dr. Hinson will be back next week. In the meantime, I hope you’re joining us for our Women’s History Month Madness! Check out daily quotes on Instagram and Twitter, celebrations of women on Facebook and here on the blog, and more.