23 Nov 5 Friyays: November 23
Hello, everyone! The Good Doctors are off this post-Thanksgiving Friday, so I wrote my 5 Friyays a few days early this week. I’ve put together a rather random list, but diversity is good food for the soul. Speaking of food – let’s get to list!
The Northern Irish Invasion
We’ve all heard of the British Invasion that started with The Beatles trip to the US those many years ago. But I’m hear to warn you that the Northern Irish cultural invasion is coming. Some of you have already fallen in love with brilliant shows filmed or set in Northern Ireland (with the massive popularity of Game of Thrones, and the sleeper hit “The Fall”). BUT – coming to Netflix on December 21st is the latest, greatest, funniest show from NI “Derry Girls.” I’ve talked about it before on my Friyays, but it bears repeating. The show follows a group of teens living in Derry in the 1990s, in the waning years of the Troubles. It is hilarious, poignant, and endearing. It’s the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Insert Holiday present that you never knew you needed!
Food Rescue Hits Philly
Both Dr. Donnelly and I were delighted this week to see that our friends at 412 Food Rescue have partnered with Uplift Solutions to launch Philly Food Rescue. For those of you unfamiliar with food rescue programs, check out their website, download the app, and become a food rescue hero! It’s within our power to end food waste and hunger – if your city doesn’t have a program, why not be the ones to start!
The Sioux Chef
I am almost always inspired by the stories I see on CBS Sunday Morning and last weeks’ food episode was no exception. My favorite story introduced us to Chef Sean Sherman of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and his mission to reintroduce indigenous menus to Native populations.
A Brexit Update
As many of you are aware, Drs. Donnelly and I met and lived in Northern Ireland for 5 years. As a result, we are deeply invested in the Brexit (Britain Exiting the EU) negotiations. Even if it’s not on your radar, we should all be aware of the implications of changing economic relations, new borders, and the rhetoric of isolationism and exclusion. For the latest on Northern Ireland and the Withdrawal Agreement announced last week, I turn to my brilliant Queen’s colleague Katy Hayward.
Commemorating the Women of the First World War
Remembrance Sunday was last weekend, so I’m a week late on this post, but I didn’t want to let this opportunity pass to share a fabulous article with pictures of the remarkable women who helped win the war. Very often, war commemoration is a masculine performance, especially since the majority of soldiers were/are men. But, it is always worth asking, telling, and remembering how women helped the effort, from maintaining homes, raising children, nursing the wounded, building munitions, carrying dispatches, or flying planes. They contributions were equally vital and necessary, and should be remembered as such.
Those are my 5 Friyays for this short Thanksgiving week. I hope that wherever you are reading this, you stopped to enjoy a shared meal with loved ones, and thought through all the things to be grateful for.
“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.” – Max Erhmann