I’ve been doing my weekend reads for nearly six months and it seems people are valuing it, which is awesome. I took a week off this week and for once, I actually did take the time off (well except for reading stuff, of course), because like everyone, this time is grueling.
Living and working from home, I find myself in the office every day – seven days a week. And while I’ve been working beyond traditional working hours for more than a decade, I always had opportunities to get away – on business trips or holidays. The relentlessness of the same thing day after day gets on top of you. So if you find yourself in the same boat, do a staycation if you can, or go further afield if possible. A change of scenery is very powerful.
The other challenge that’s been having an impact on my psyche is the apathy we seem to collectively have towards the biggest crisis’ facing humanity – and it’s not COVID19. These two articles spoke so strongly to how I feel right now. We must address this!
Another reason I care so much about the US Election – which is nine days, 17 hours and well, you can get down to the second here if you’re interested – is because of the environment. There are many many reasons I don’t want Trump to win – dignity, decency, humanity, class, etc… – but the number one reason is his impact on the global environment. I’ve been sharing many articles on what another Trump term means from an environmental perspective, and he will set any progress back by at least a decade. We don’t have a decade.
However, it was hopeful reading this article – Oil Industry Expresses Concern, Not Alarm, About Biden Comments – the industry understands what’s coming. They’ve known since the 50s.
No matter what, I am definitely anxious about the results of November 3rd, but I do have faith in the American people – regardless of all that has been done to stop people voting, which I find outrageous. But I also find it outrageous that so many people – especially young people – don’t vote. To the young Americans in my life, please vote and tell your friends to vote too. This is your future on the line. Really.
Here’s my reads and I’ll be back at it next week, but promise me, if the relentlessness is getting to you, a change really is as good as a holiday! We’re in this situation for some time to come. Take care of yourself.
I’ve been sharing this every week because it’s so important to take care of our fellow humans during this time. So many are struggling and we can all do our bit – financially or in raising awareness. Two organizations that need our helps arethe UN Refugee Program and World Food Program? Please donate where you think you can make the most impact.
Life, social media, musicals and everything – an interview with Sarah Walker-Smith, CEO of law firm Shakespeare Martineau – this is an inspiring post by Damian Corbet, interviewing Sarah Walker-Smith. She is awesome.
The Real Test of your Communication, is the Response you Receive my pal Lindsay Adams published this article and after doing this test, it’s scarily accurate. Interesting to know your profile so you can work with others!
And I forgot to share this last week. My sister Phillipa Edwards, brother-in-law Jamie Lawson, in collaboration with Danielle Matthews and well, just listen. Beautiful. There is so much amazing beauty coming into the world at this time. Let’s remember to celebrate it.
Zero Gravity. ISO collaboration featuring Danielle Matthews, by Skunkwork Productions
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
I Am Watching My Planet, My Home, Die tks Denise Chai
Covid-19: The global crisis — in data tks David Lim
We deserve this moment. But don’t forget who helped and who hindered. tks Phillipa Edwards
Sweden’s Covid Policy Is Still a Moral Cliffhanger tks David Lim
Coronavirus detected in South East Queensland sewage samples tks Fiona Randall Taskis
How Rudy Giuliani Got Caught Red-Handed With Borat’s Daughter tks Frank Roberts
Murdoch and Morrison – partners in grime tks Phillipa Edwards
Obama: Trump Can’t Even Protect Himself From The Coronavirus tks Philip Merry
Elect Joe Biden. Reject Donald Trump. tks David Lim
‘It’s a last ditch effort to smear me and my family. There is no basis to this.’ Joe Biden breaks silence on Hunter’s laptop calling Rudy Giuliani Trump’s ‘henchman’ – but doesn’t deny emails are genuine
Demi Lovato – Commander In Chief – tks Tim Hamons
Business and Technology
Cathay Dragon’s 35-year run comes to an end as coronavirus claims one more victim – tks Jana Hlavinkova Beydoun
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
After the Pandemic, a Revolution in Education and Work Awaits tks Arishta Khanna
The Glamour Boys: gay MPs who gave early warning of Nazi threat tks Simon Kearny
Pope Francis endorses civil union laws for gay couples in new documentary tks Lisa Larson Lee
How this former QAnon believer escaped the virtual cult tks Ferenc Nyiro
After Isis, Yazidi women forced to leave their children behind tks Simon Kearney
13 Life-Learnings from 13 Years of Brain Pickings tks Scott Friedman
Passion, humour, history
New Yorker suspends Jeffrey Toobin for allegedly masturbating on Zoom call tks Glenn van Zutphen
Ronny Chieng Thinks Amazon Prime Is Too Slow | Netflix Is A Joke
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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