Robert F. Kennedy speech on MLK’s death

I’ve heard this speech by Robert F. Kennedy played on public radio twice in as many months. Maybe it’s a coincidence, or it’s tied in to this book promotion, or maybe it’s coming up is because of its clear relevance to the state of our nation today. Whatever the reason both times it gave me goosebumps – that audible gasp of the audience, the raw pain of losing someone, the empathy, the call for peace and not violence. I can’t think of another speech I’ve had the desire to print out and pin to my wall as I try to make sense of what’s going on in the U.S. today:

For those of you who are black and are tempted to fill with — be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.

And continues with:

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.

 

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Favorites of 2015

Here are a few of my favorite things I read/watched/listened to in 2015 (note that not all of these were actually published in 2015, just that this was the year I consumed them):

Books
Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, S.J. – One of my favorite religious authors sheds new light on the gospels. Never simplistic.
The Lucky Ones by Rachel Cusk – She is a scarily good at writing about women’s lives.
Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges – My therapy for the year.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – Longform journalism at its best.
The Martian by Andy Weir – Wow, this melted my mind.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – Funny and inventive novel given to me by my sister.
M Train by Patti Smith – Love the coffee-drinking, traveling, writing life.
The Cloister Walk – Thought-provoking essays on religious life.

Podcasts
The Portfolio Life – Found this while doing some job searching. Great interviews on writing, entrepreneurship and doing more than one thing in your life’s work.
Latino USA – Never fail to learn something new from this excellent show. Issues important to Latinos are still underreported in mainstream media.
Code Newbie – Great podcast about learning to code.

E-mail newsletters
Here’s my new fascination: feminist e-mail newsletters.
Ann Friedman – Writes about gender/culture and finds interesting links. I’m sold.
Lenny – Feminist newsletter co-founded by Lena Dunham is bold and awesome.
The Skimm – Good way to start the day.
Vela magazine: Women We Read this Week – Love finding great articles written by women.

Apps
NYT Now – The only aggregator app I use on a regular basis. Doesn’t feel cluttered.
The Bible – I like the daily Bible studies.
NPR One – Love being able to listen to Morning Edition and ATC on my time.
Pocket – Fun bookmarking app.
Nuzzel – Has potential.

Movies
This was the worst year for moviewatching EVER for me given that I worked evenings and my husband and I can never agree on what movie to watch.
Four movies I did like:
Ricki and the Flash – Meryl Streep made this movie worth it. She can do anything.
After the Wedding – Totally absurd premise yet absolutely truthful emotional performances from the actors.

TV
For reasons mentioned above, also a very bad year for TV. Basically any reality show on my night off made the list. A few favorites:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Found plenty of fodder for outrage in the South.
Master of None – Very fresh.
60 Minutes – Still hard-hitting and relevant.
Dancing with the Stars – Year of Bindi.
American Ninja Warrior – I really don’t know how I got sucked into watching this show, but I grew to love it.