I want to love anything as much as Drew Barrymore loves everything. Perfection. pic.twitter.com/Of3eptyp45
— michael brown (@boyinquestion) July 17, 2022
I’m not even trying to be dramatic but you can tell Drew Barrymore thought she was going to die young and now my good sis is just living life the way she was meant to.
— Rachel Leah (@raetheforce) July 18, 2022
If this strikes you as ‘undignified’ or ‘cringe’… maybe you’re not the target audience:
Made with recycled plastic, Mattel unveiled a Barbie doll of British primatologist, Jane Goodall, fulfilling a longtime wish of having her own doll to inspire young girls https://t.co/Qoha4UEAiP pic.twitter.com/zWxIpKBdKz
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 12, 2022
Dolly Parton's book program is helping so many kids around the world! pic.twitter.com/ldZlQsBPrq
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 11, 2022
Dolly Parton never imagined her book giveaway program would amount to much more than helping children in her native Sevier County, Tennessee, learn to read.
But over the past 27 years, millions of children have enjoyed a free "Dolly book" every month. https://t.co/ar9LtxS44U
— Axios (@axios) August 11, 2022
… Driving the news: The entertainment icon visited Columbus yesterday to promote her Imagination Library program and thank county sponsors from all over the state.
– Her appearance alongside Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine also served as a celebration — Ohio now has the most enrollees of any U.S. state.
– The governor also declared Aug. 9 “Dolly Parton Day.”…
Between the lines: The Imagination Library is an unmitigated success for the DeWines, whose statewide travel promoting new sign-ups coincides with the governor’s reelection efforts.
For Gov. DeWine — pummeled by Republicans for his pandemic response and later by Democrats for his stances on abortion, redistricting and gun rights — the program offers a much-welcomed and apolitical diversion on the campaign trail…
Gabby Gifford on Gun Violence, Politics, and Forgiveness https://t.co/zWzo5dUkZf
— ForensicPsyMD (@ForensicPsyMD) August 14, 2022
… I don’t think of my assailant. He took so much away from me, and even more away from the families of the six people he murdered. At Jared Lee Loughner’s sentencing hearing, my husband [former astronaut and current U. S. senator Mark Kelly] told him, “You have decades upon decades to contemplate what you did. But after today, after this moment, here and now, Gabby and I are done thinking about you.”
I’d rather spend my energy on channeling that pain into purpose than giving him another ounce of myself.
I think of forgiveness as tied to—but distinct from—acceptance…
On the inside of my wedding band, Mark inscribed the words “You’re the closest to heaven I’ve ever been.” I’m so proud of the work he’s done, both on this planet and above it. All in all, I highly recommend marrying an astronaut.
I never was worried when he went into space—though of the two of us, we never could have predicted that I’d be the one with the more dangerous job…
The gun lobby has spent decades pushing the narrative that owning a gun makes you safer, and that being allowed to carry a gun around in public is an exercise of freedom. They don’t, and it’s not.
Freedom is being able to exist in public spaces without having to worry whether someone next to you has a gun.
I get asked a lot if I’m bitter about what could have been. I can honestly say that I’m not. This acceptance has taken me a while to come by, and I won’t pretend it’s been easy, but that’s been one of the keys to my recovery.
And a quickie beat-sweetener for a lady who deserves more praise…
… Despite being the First Lady, a school teacher, a mom, and a grandmother, Biden told Real Simple that she still somehow manages to get seven and a half hours of sleep “most nights.” And even on those days she can’t, she says she’s “mastered the art of the catnap,” revealing, “I can sleep for 20 minutes and wake up fresh.”
Her other secret to tackling her long list of duties is lots and lots of Post-It notes. She explained that she often uses the sticky reminders to solicit help from others, especially when preparing to host big dinners with her husband, President Joe Biden. “I know my meal and what I’m going to serve, so I do Post-It notes, like ‘Fill the glasses with ice,’ ‘Light the candles,’ and I put them on the cabinet above my kitchen counter,” she said. “Then I put out the salad bowl with the tomatoes or the lemons or whatever needs to be cut, and every-thing is set up so when somebody comes in, they do what they want to do.” Biden said it’s also an effective way to communicate with her husband, explaining, “If I want to get a message to Joe, I put one on his mirror. It may be a nice ‘I missed you’ or ‘I hope you get whatever it is you’re working on.’”
And while her busy schedule may cut into her beauty sleep, Biden says she wouldn’t have it any other way and always “knew” she would be able to “make it work” as the only First Lady in recent memory to maintain a paying job outside of her White House duties. “I think people were a little skeptical,” she told the magazine of her decision to continue working as an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College. “Could I truly do it, since I was the first one to try it? But I knew I wanted to teach. And so I said, ‘This is what I want to do. We have to figure it out.’ I knew I could do both. I’d done it as second lady, and at that time my staff said, ‘There’s no way you can do this,’ and then they saw that I could. I saw it work then, and I knew we could figure out how to do it now.”…