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On Our Radar: The Latest Cultural Commentary

What we are reading, eating, listening to, and watching right now...just to name a few.
Illustration: Lauren Tamaki

Illustration: Lauren Tamaki

To inspire & listen: NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg is a journalistic legend, winning countless awards for her groundbreaking legal reporting. (She broke the story of the Anita Hill allegations against Clarence Thomas.) Here's how she gets it done every day, and listen to her take on the current political landscape on the Words Matter podcast

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To process: Good, practical advice from someone who's been there: On how to be laid off. "The guilt of not doing 'enough' never truly goes away, but accepting it and telling it that it doesn’t need to define your laid-off self helps." 

Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images via NPR

Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images via NPR

To take a stand: Here's where the majority stands on abortion rights in the US right now, with a great deal of complexity and some contradiction. And this guide will help decipher the latest legality. 

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To try: Our founder and executive editor recently brought this Lanima mask on a weekend getaway with friends and it was a huge hit among all five women. "Not your average clay mask," Amanda admitted. And as a self-proclaimed skin care junkie, we'll take her word for it. 

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Aran Goyoaga on Cultivating Love in the Kitchen + Meringue Cake with Roasted Apples From Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple

"Set a humble table and eat beautiful simple food. Nothing has to be fancy. When you make yourself comfortable, your guests will feel comfortable."

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Dear Scorpio: You are capable of victory this month. The question is, what are you going to do with it?

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Mixed Emotions: Casha Doemland Discusses the Impact of Racial Ambiguity on Personal Identity

“I don’t know how somebody can look at somebody, without knowing anything about them, and just project all this negativity that then turns into hate,” she says. “It’s hard for me cause I just don’t get it because I don’t look at anybody and feel that way.”

To do: Are you a goal-oriented or leisurely reader? Here's the case for, and against, adult reading challenges. Whichever camp you fall into, our favorite way to unwind is with a good book. This, this, and this are on our nightstands right now.  

Illustration via The Lily 

Illustration via The Lily 

To remind: For this month and always: "I don’t want our Pride celebrations to be reduced to posts in matching T-shirts with clever hashtags. I want Pride to be a time to come together with people and families that look like ours — and people and families that don’t."

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To consider: Have you heard of the FIRE movement? These women are adopting the lifestyle on their terms, carving out their own niche in the frugal-living movement — and, along the way, helping others realize the benefits. 

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To buy: Doen, one of our favorite brands, is offering a limited-time discount on past season apparel and donating a portion of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood. 

To watch: For those beyond Seattle, you can watch the profound and enlightening conversation we presented with KUOW last week featuring Jodie Patterson, author and activist. It was a discussion we won't soon forget. 

Image credit: New York Times Parenting 

Image credit: New York Times Parenting 

To laugh: To honor Father's Day, here's one dad "making the case for the virtue of our much-mocked brand of humor" present in dad jokes

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Aran Goyoaga on Cultivating Love in the Kitchen + Meringue Cake with Roasted Apples From Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple

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Dear Scorpio: You are capable of victory this month. The question is, what are you going to do with it?

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I'M GLAD YOU ASKED: To Say or To Go

"She’s always been sort of a loner and at this point I’m starting to worry about her. We have never been super close, but we’re close enough that I think I could say something to her. The question is: What do I say and should I really say it?"

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Single Women & Their Spaces: A Before and After Vacation Rental in Yucca Valley

"We both knew we wanted a different kind of independence for our futures. Hailing from Ireland and Minnesota and living in LA - purchasing property here is out of our reach. We share the love of creation and also the love of a different kind of financial freedom."

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Karen Vidangos Wants To Fill The Gap In the Art World with Latinx Art Collective

"I want curators, educators, collectors, anyone with an interest in Latinx art to connect with these artists. If you are someone looking to commission a work, need a guest speaker for a panel, want to begin your Latinx art collection, LAC is where you can begin your search."

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Dear Libra: You may feel like the whole world is telling you to prioritize only the things it desires from you. But right now, you need to figure out what it is that you yourself desire.

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Introducing "I'm Glad You Asked"

"It’s rarely about me telling anyone what to do; it’s about me helping people understand what they really want, and why and how to get it and integrate it … and then celebrate it and pay it forward." Welcome to "I'm Glad You Asked"