I’ve got 3 random things for you today. I guess you could say they are 3 recommendations, one to watch, one to listen to, and one to read.
- Dale and I have been watching Band of Brothers on HBO Demand. It’s from way back in 2001 but it escaped us at that time, probably because we were in the throes of kids and full time jobs and more but a friend recommended it recently and I’m glad he did. Well. Glad might not be the right word because it’s actually rather difficult to watch. But it’s also historic and important and a good way to learn more about WWII. It does always lead me back to the question I’ve had my entire life: who decided that the best way to resolve a disagreement would be to see who can kill the most people and make them the winner? Why not brain twisters or mind games instead? Our world would be a very different place if we resolved things that way
- I recently started listening to the podcast 1619 from the New York Times. It’s part of the 1619 Project, which, in their words aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are. It’s excellent. Like Band of Brothers, there are things about it that will break your heart, but it’s so important to understand the history of slavery in our country and to acknowledge how systemic racism actually is in our society. I’ve found it to be wonderful and highly recommend it.
- Finally, I’m currently reading The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It’s fabulous, with strong characters, a vivid setting, plenty of history, and enough magical realism to make me love it even more than I would if it was strictly grounded in reality.
That’s what I’ve got for you this week. Happy Thursday and don’t forget to share your post today if you wrote one.