31 May 5 Friyays: May 31
Hello, everyone! Welcome to the last day of May (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN) and the final Friyays for the month. I’ve got a typically mixed bag today – some things that made me think, some that made me cheer, and some that make me bite my nails (#liverpool). Shall we crack on?
“If We Can’t Save the Earth, We’ll Damn Well Avenge It”
If the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe had a mission statement, that’s pretty much it. Which is why I love that it’s the line that opens this super fun fan-made video that popped up on Instagram this week. Set to the iconic ‘We Are the Champions’, it contains some of the best moments from 11 years of movies and has been added to my ‘pump-up playlist’ for motivational purposes.
Speaking of Champions
Tomorrow Liverpool plays Tottenham Hotspurs for the Champions League title. This is A BIG DEAL and essentially means that when the Reds win tomorrow, we will be the footie champions of all of Europe. I will be nervously pacing my living room – Dr. Hinson is on hand in case I hyperventilate – as I watch my beloved team take the field. I’m also having fun this week discovering other Liverpool fans – like the Russo Brothers – directors of many Marvel movies. This image popped up on their Instagram earlier in the week and its now my phone wallpaper.
And Now, To Africa
If you’ve watched our video review of Netflix’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (and if you haven’t, here it is!), then you heard I have the incredible privilege of working with non-profits in Malawi (and Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya for the record) through my service as board member of UrbanPromise International.
In thinking about how I talk about our work and inviting more people to partner with us, a wise friend pointed me to this piece of satire that appeared on NPR a while back. How do we talk about Africa? If you’ve ever worked with or around anyone from the continent, or been subjected to a charity call to help starving orphans, many of these will ring familiar.
Which, to me, begs the question of how we can be better. How can we communicate dignity and resiliency, while also acknowledging that global resources are not distributed evenly and those of us with access to more need to be aware of that? How do we function as global citizens in a responsible manner? We’re going to keep asking these questions here at Abbey Research and we hope you join us as we wrestle with answers.
Women Trying to Be Safe While Being Women
Clearly, we talk a lot around here about the implicit biases that come with gender disparities in the world. Every once and a while, social media also gathers to remind us and this week is a crowd-sourced list of things women do to keep safe while they’re running. I have friends that do each of these, but it was a good reminder that we have work to do.
As you all know, I am a huge fan of the ‘My Favorite Murder’ podcast and its hosts, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. I even dragged my husband to a live show back in February. The two hosts have a book out this week (which of course I’m already 1/2 way through, playa please). It’s a duel memoir and the format is perfect for them. If you’re unfamiliar with these two, I’ve included one of my favorite interviews they’ve done on their book tour below.
That is it from me this week, y’all. Just a quick reminder that Abbey Research is taking a sabbatical for June. Content will still post, because we’ve been busy little bees ahead of time, but we will be live back with you in July!