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Coffee Clicks {Volume 3}

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest. Seriously. We’re on day 4 of a solid week of forecasted rain, thunder storms, and then (oh joy) snow on Sunday, and it’s so lush and green (and humid!!!!!!!) outside that my dry, cracked Colorado heart can hardly stand it. And I don’t mean that in an endearing way.

Still, it’s good for fire season, or the hopeful lack thereof.

I have some super interesting stuff for you guys to feast your brains on today, but first can I just share a little thriftstore victory with you?

This wall above our bed has been nekkid (or decorated well beneath Lord David’s tastes. RIP gold stick on 3D Target flower decals) for the past 18 + months we’ve lived in this house, and I’m soooooooo happy to have something I really love filling that space at long last. And the best part? Under $6 at my fav local thrift store. All the heart eye’d emojis for Littleton Saver’s 4ever.


1. This first piece answers a burning (and maybe politically incorrect?) question I’ve long wanted to ask but never quite been able to find the polite phrasing. (Though my mom’s usual nail tech is actually a Vietnamese man who rescued an incredible number of fellow refugees from a boat wreck off the coast in their escape attempt and lived to tell the tale. He’s amazing.) But isn’t this so cool?

2. This one is kind of gross, and science-y…but Dave and I both read it and were positively enthralled (and kind of disgusted). I think you’ll feel similarly. Especially about his eye changing from blue to green. (Shiver.)

3. Maybe this will break your heart, and maybe it should. All the prayers for the consolation of beautiful Madison’s family, and a sobering gut check for the rest of us on the dangerous discrepancy that can exist between the real world and the world we edit/filter/share on social media. Rest in peace, and may her story inspire courage and compassion for other victims of depression and anxiety who struggle with suicidal urges. It’s never, ever too late to ask for help. (And it’s never too late to reach out to someone and act on that uneasy feeling in your gut, either.) Until it is.

4. Is there anything more hilarious than a left leaning human of the masculine persuasion trying to dissect the Catholic Church’s “oppression” of women from the female perspective? Nope, didn’t think so. Brilliant job, Mary.

5. Katrina nailed this one down tight. I sometimes struggle with the balance of portraying the realness of NFP with the heartbreaking beauty of it. She cuts right to the heart of the matter, and does it much more gently than I usually manage.

I hope you have yourselves a fabulous weekend, friends. And I hope you are able to offer the mama in your life (I’m talking to you, guys) what she’s really hoping for this Mother’s Day: unconditional love.



  • Alice

    The story about Madison IS heartbreaking, and especially because it is local to me and I work with young people. I do think the point about Instagram/filtering, etc., is somewhat valid, but more than that what I take away from it is the false dichotomy, not between what IS real and what we SHARE on social media, but between what really IS important and what we TELL children/young people is important. The incredible pressure I see so many teenagers under to excel, to get the grades, win the trophies, get into prestigious schools, get on to the “right” career track … So many of our young people are not sleeping, are riddled with anxiety, and have no idea what happiness is or how to find it, or can even give themselves permission to think about it. For so many people, their worth IS tied up in externals, and I think this is a natural consequence of an increasingly secular and materialistic culture — because what else IS there? And I want to be clear that I think this is the fault of our competitive society, not necessarily of individual parents (it seems that Madison’s parents tried so hard to give her an “out” of these expectations she held for herself).

    That said … there are certainly other issues with depression and anxiety, some of them chemical, and I didn’t know the girl. But we live in a world that is not forgiving, that does not offer second chances, and does not value many of the things that are mentally healthiest and grounding, and I fear it will backfire.

  • Brittney

    Great links! The first one was an interesting read. Did you see the NYT article on (mostly) Chinese immigrant nail techs in NYC? Pretty eye opening!

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