August 2021 Check-In
Topical Storm Henri (formerly Hurricane Henri) is due to make landfall in the next few hours. Originally, New Haven was set to get a direct hit, but it looks like the storm has moved a bit further east now.
I grew up in Florida and know hurricanes and tropical storms well. But knowing how to prepare can never ease the nerves, because storms like these can be very unpredictable.
In 2005, I lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida, which was hammered by at least five hurricanes, some of them late into the season. As each one snaked its way up the coast, we prepared our hurricane rations and filled up the gas tank to evacuate. But, one by one, they moved around our town.
That doesn’t mean the damage wasn’t devastating. Half of my county was without power for more than a week. Schools were closed, and local churches coordinated buses to help with repairs in neighboring communities.
When storms spare us, they are sources of wonder. When they don’t, they are sources of terror.
What I’ve Been Reading and Watching
Weather like Henri is majestic and wild and out of our control. Except that reducing the severity and number of storms is possible with drastic climate change prevention measures.
Speaking of prevention measures, here’s what’s in the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Experts suggest that natural deodorants aren’t actually better for you than traditional ones.
But, I like Native’s Sensitive Deodorant line (baking soda free) because it doesn’t irritate my skin. It’s also available at Target.
A Marine veteran writes on Afghanistan:
The collapse has been sudden, our exit too ill planned to evacuate the vulnerable Afghans who worked with us. We’re desperate for the allied nations that went to war with us to take them in on our behalf. A few thousand here, a few thousand there. I look across the New York Harbor to the Statue of Liberty and wonder why we are not lifting our own lamp for those abandoned by this war. Is our new Colossus dead, or will she rise to repay her debt?
Dead White Man’s Clothes: A profile on the secondhand markets of Ghana
During the last week of my church internship, I gave a talk on sustainable and ethical fashion. You can view the slideshow here.
That talk reminded me about American Giant, a clothing company that is 100% Made in the USA, even down to its cotton.
Daniel and I started watching Shrill a few weeks ago. Season 1, Episode 4 was a masterpiece. It made us laugh, gasp with recognition, and cry. This article dissecting the episode is amazing:
“I am not a biblical scholar enough to really like equate her pool jumping in to a baptism or a rebirth, but it does feel like she gets out of the pool and then goes to talk to Gabe, and you’re like, ‘Oh wait. That’s a new person who got out of the pool.’ That is a person who was changed.
I ordered these Dr. Martens and am anxiously awaiting their arrival.
My university has decided that they simply must offer exclusively in-person classes, even in spite of continuing health risks, especially for immune-suppressed people. I have a friend who took a leave of absence due to health concerns. Several professors around the country are fighting back:
Cornell Law professors suggest that refusing remote teaching violates the ADA
A tenured professor at the University of Alabama Huntsville quit his job over lax or nonexistent Covid-19 policies
Professors at Spelman College refuse to teach in person
How have you been? What’s worrying you? What have you been reading and watching?