27 Jul Friyays: July 27
Hello everyone! Dr. Donnelly here with Friyays duty this week. I don’t know about where you are, but the weather is pants here at ARHQ – thunderstorms, humidity, rapidly changing, and all together miserable for those of us with headache disorders. So this week has been one for a lot of listening to things with my eyes closed, but I have managed to get some reading in as well.
Preparing for Papa Frank?
“Papa Frank” is my affectionate nickname for Pope Francis, a man who I deeply respect and who is about to make a papal visit to Ireland. The country is RADICALLY different than it was during the last papal visit in 1979, and this article from the National Catholic Reporter does a great job of explaining why. Additionally, one of the women who read and granted my PhD is quoted extensively and her wisdom is always worth a read.
The NotOk App
After struggling with depression, Hannah Lucas decided to put her lived experience to pragmatic use and created the NotOk app to help others in moments that feel overwhelming. Bonus – Hannah’s still in high school.
Libraries Are the Best
I refuse to link to this, but there was an economics professor last week who decided to advocate for all public libraries to be purchased and run by Amazon since they’re a waste of money.
Lots of people – both librarians and non – responded, and he chose to double down that he was right and not use it as a teaching moment, which is another reason I’m not linking to him. However, I was so heartened by all the responses! Libraries are essential to public life. Not only are they a hub for books (HELLO BOOKS ARE THE BEST) but they serve as community centers and resources in myriad ways. In some communities, librarians are equipped with anti-overdose drugs to help patrons who are addicts. As an academic, librarians are essential to my life, but as a reader, they are the magic. Haven’t been to your public library lately? Take a trip!
I adore audiobooks and I’m usually in the middle of at least two. Currently I’m listening to Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy and Getting Schooled. If you’re a true crime fan, I cannot recommend enough their original series West Cork, about an unsolved murder of a French woman in the wild country of West Cork, Ireland in the 1990s.
Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet
The musical 42nd Street is one of my favorites and has a bunch of songs you know even if you’ve never seen it, including “Lullaby of Broadway” and “We’re in the Money”. It tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, an aspiring dancer from Allentown, PA, who is just trying to get a job. She gets a part in the famous Julian Marsh’s newest production and the rest is history and a whole hell of a lot of tap dancing. It’s one of those musicals that is a top to bottom spectacle, and is just a delight to watch. I saw a local production last night that was delightful, but I have no videos of. Fortunately for us, it’s also currently playing in London and they’ve been on a few U.K. shows! Below is a mashup of all of the numbers – and while the video quality is not the absolute best, you can see the perfection that is the tap dancing.
That’s it from me for this week. Dr. Hinson will be back next week, and in the meantime, have a fantastic week!