Happy Friday! There’s the ever so slightest chill in the air here in NYC – mostly first thing in the morning and then at dusk – and I’m excited about fall. Fall! Soup season and sweaters and pumpkin bread and Halloween and a hygge home and colorful leaves and boots and – oh, please! – vaccines for my kids (Please!). Hope to enjoy some of that this very weekend, and I hope you have a great weekend, too.
Here are a few links you might enjoy:
I thought this op-ed, “The Middle-Aged Sadness Behind the Cancel Culture Panic,” written by a Gen X journalist (my generation) was an interesting perspective on cancel culture and the generational gap around it. I don’t necessarily share or agree with the perspective, but having written advice for and to people of younger generations and having been called out on my use of phrases or ideas that some find outdated or offensive – for example, using “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” instead of “partner” – I relate to some of the argument made here. I think there’s a lot of room to be both more sensitive and a little less so. I wish younger folks could be more patient with us olds as we navigate and adapt to societal changes, and I wish the older generation would be less defensive and more open to the intention behind such changes, which are almost always rooted in inclusiveness.
I just learned that one of my favorite lipsticks – Clinique Black Honey, which I used as a teen in the 90s and then rediscovered a few years ago – went viral on TikTok a few weeks ago and is now sold out everywhere. See, sometimes we middle-agers know what’s cool decades before the youngsters discover it!
Yup. Parenting a child under 12 in the age of Delta: ‘It’s like a fire alarm every day’ (But it sounds like we are now maybe just weeks away from a vaccine for the 5-11 year-old set!!)
Gawker makes an argument for lunch as the new hot date, and as a mom who has recently found herself with the hot commodity of time away from her children in the middle of the day now that they are back in school, I agree!
Do you ever use these phrases (or work with or know someone who does)? Avoid these 5 phrases that make you sound passive aggressive