This week I’ve been reading #25

It’s time for another round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.

Monica Lewinsky – The price of shame

The Broke Girl’s Guide to Self-Care

Virginia Woolf on How to Read a Book

Meet Sinéad Burke, An Extraordinary Young Woman

Why One New York Artist Is Putting Her Placenta On Display

Every Argument About “Buffy” On The Internet, From 1998 Until Now

Meet Nellie Cashman – Irishwoman, philanthropist and prospector in Alaska’s gold rush

Surrounded by photographs, family mementos and the clamor of everyday life, seven authors offer a glimpse into the space where they create.” - The Writer’s Room

The Breakfast Club turns 30 - “THE BREAKFAST CLUB”, 30 YEARS LATER: A CONVERSATION ACROSS GENERATIONS and I Had to Convince John Hughes to Give Me the Part: Molly Ringwald on ‘The Breakfast Club,’ 30 Years Later 

“It’s almost laughable how transparent Instagram’s confusion over what constitutes inappropriate content is. And if it would like to argue for a second that it has a fundamental issue with blood, it has a whole lot of skateboarder posts to answer for.” – Instagram has a problem with women: Bloody accident photos are fine, but periods are “inappropriate”?

“Let me tell you about anger. You think it’s not going to take over; you think you are in control; you say you’re better now. You justify it with reasons, and there are always plenty of excuses.” – Facing the Beast: On Anxiety and Sisterhood

“It’s invisible but it is there always lurking. Some days I feel like I can take on the world and other days a simple task can see impossible.” – Fibromyalgia and ME

“Remember: your fingers don’t get sad; you can still type happy words while crying your eyes out.” – Me And My Shadow – Five Years On

“I did it in the same way that I’ve done many times since (and before), because I’m always leaving. I really only ever try when there’s already an exit strategy in place.” – GHOSTS IN MY INBOX

This week I’ve been reading #24

It’s time for another round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.

Kwabs covers Ed Sheeran’s Bloodstream in the BBC Live Lounge –

The Twisted History of Your Favorite Board Game

Tackling homophobia in print in North Cork #MarRef

Monica Lewinsky Is Back, but This Time It’s on Her Terms

A Brutally Honest Breakdown Of How I Make Money As A Blogger and This Is How Much Money I Make

“Asking a person with an eating disorder why they are behaving like that is not going to elicit a sensible answer, any more than asking an alcoholic why he or she drinks. There will be talk of wanting to be thin like this model, pretty like that friend, slim enough to wear nice clothes. But none of these reasons are why the person developed an eating disorder.” – I had anorexia – but not because I wanted to look like a fashion model

“In fact, once the thought emerged that I was going to come out to my parents, I had no peace. It hovered in the back of my mind, stinging me, with the constant angry hum of an affronted wasp. The only way I knew to settle it was to obey it.” – Things We Don’t Talk About: On Coming Out To My Family

“Marriage equality is important, yes, and we continue to advocate for that. But we do so without erasing queer lives, and we do so while still shouting about the non-marriage-related injustices that we face all the damn time.” – Inevitable does not mean OK: Respectability Politics, Erasure and Marriage Equality

“This notion of investigation offers an alternative to confession. Its goal isn’t sympathy or forgiveness. Life is not personal. Life is evidence. It’s fodder for argument. To put the “I” to work this way invites a different – not voyeuristic communion but collaborative inquiry, author and reader facing the same questions from inside their inevitably messy lives.” – Enough About Me

“I am impatient. I am patient. I am so happy which you may not understand but I am. I am learning how to be happy even when everything isn’t perfect. Everything will never be perfect.” – Gravity Is What Holds Me to the Ground

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The Opposite of Loneliness – Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness

Like most people, I first heard about Marina Keegan following her death in 2012. She was killed in a car crash a few days after graduating from Yale. She was 22.

The essay, entitled The Opposite of Loneliness, she wrote to mark graduation quickly went viral. Dealing with uncertainty, Keegan’s words urged people to be fearless, embrace change and stop being constrained by expectations; both their own and the expectations of others. It’s easy to see why it struck a chord with so many.

This collection of essays and short stories, published posthumously, is very much about realising that things are OK. It’s OK to be feeling the way you are feeling. It’s OK to not know where your life is going. It’s equally OK to be excited about where your life is going.

For me the short stories are more slightly more accomplished than the essays, but Keegan’s observations on and understanding of the human condition run through them all.

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Three Products – Sunscreen with Eucerin, Soap & Glory and Vichy

Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying Face SPF 30, €19.00. Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+, €19.99. Vichy Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch SPF 50, €14.50. No press samples included. Full disclaimer here.

Sunscreen - Vichy, Soap and Glory, Eucerin

Long term readers of this blog won’t be surprised to see me talking about sunscreen. I tend to mention it around the same time every year. You’ll find my previous posts here. What may surprise you, though, is the fact that the three sunscreens I am about to mention are matte.

These matte sunscreens help prevent the tell tale shine I like to call sunscreen face, without drying my skin out. Something I didn’t think possible until a couple of years ago.

At a minimum we should all (and this includes men) be wearing SPF 15 on a daily basis, but as my skin is photosensitive a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 is my comfort zone.

Eucerin Sun Fluid Mattifying Face SPF 30 is the one I reach for on an almost daily basis throughout autumn and winter. It is light in texture, sinks in quickly, sits well over my other skincare products and doesn’t have that obvious sunscreen smell.

Soap & Glory Sunshield Superfuid SPF 50+ is the one I reach for if I am wearing makeup. I haven’t worn a full face of makeup on a daily basis for years, but when I do I find the Superfluid sits brilliantly under foundation. It doubles up as a primer, keeping the areas around my nose from getting shiny. This one does have a scent to it. To me, it is a combination of citrus and traditional sunscreen but it doesn’t linger once the product has absorbed into the skin.

Vichy Capital Soleil Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch SPF 50 is the one I reach for when the sun is properly shining. During the summer months I go through tubes of this stuff. It is a little thicker than the other two, while still being a fluid. It also takes a little longer to sink in, but works well over my other skincare products (except Hydraluron, I couldn’t get any sunscreen to work over that) and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.

What these sunscreens have in common is fluidity, lack of shine and the fact that they protect from UVA and UVB rays. They do exactly what sunscreen should do with the added bonus of not looking or feeling like you are wearing sunscreen.

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This week I’ve been reading #23

It’s time for another round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.

Why do we share things online that make us angry? –

On Anxiety

Carol Sutton: Newspaper Pioneer

“Those who may have religious-based views against the idea need to realise that legsalising equal marriage isn’t a religious issue. It is a civil issue, and this will affect civil law, not canon law.” – I’LL NEVER FORGET THE DAY WE’LL VOTE ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

“Supporters of equality already have facts, arguments and research on our side. Those aren’t going to be enough.” – Arguing for Marriage Equality: Engagement over Debate

“Hysteria has always been a women’s issue. The concept goes back about 4,000 years.” – Hysteria and Teenage Girls

“Women have been a plot device for male entitlement for as far back as stories were being told, as trophies for creepy behaviour, as the spoils of war, as the property of men, as the maiden-in-waiting for her adorable, coercive, overly-persistent prince-charming.” – Garden Variety Creepiness – Romantic Heroes or Abusive Men

“I am at my most vulnerable not in my weaknesses, but in my strengths.” – Our Hearts Were Young and Gay: On Weakness, Strength, and Friendship 

“Of course, certain boundaries are necessary; not all forms of cultural or natural history are worth preserving. But the question of who gets to make those decisions, and why, remains. After all, historical symbols and places are meant to remain always, reminding us of exactly what we want them to remind us of, forever.” – Ellis Island After the Flood

“To think of your body as diseased is to look at death with unblinking eyes. To consider the mundanities of your funeral, the oak of your coffin, the chrysanthemums in your wreath, the taste of soil at the back of the attendees’ throats as you’re lowered forever into the ground. It is to ponder out load what humans endlessly distract themselves from thinking. We are not invincible.” – The Bad Blood: My Life With Sickle Cell Anaemia

“It’s not as though the facility was laid out with the disabled person in mind. It’s an assumption of the building’s design that, if you’re “fit” (a term I hate, by the way) enough to shuffle along on the treadmill or swing some free weights around, you’re fit enough to climb a flight of stairs.” – The Waiting Room: Sick Girl Walking

“You’re exhausted from being ill and just want everything else to remain status quo. It’s enough to be sick; I don’t want to look sick too.” – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: My Struggle With Steroids

Sarah Michelle Geller. Rapping. As Cinderella –


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