+ I read this via @NYTimes Twitter yesterday: "An unpublished Tennessee Williams story about campus lust will soon be published http://nyti.ms/1gyM22F " Yes, please! I have been kind of obsessed with Tennessee Williams, namely A Glass Menagerie , since seeing friends perform it at my middle school. This is exciting news.
+ Saw this in my Facebook feed this morning:
"This is Aaron- father to the magical Elvie, husband to @Jessica Bornick and fiercely loyal and fun loving friend to all. Aaron will soon begin treatment for a recently diagnosed brain tumor. In order to raise funds and help offset medical bills we are adding a new special to our menu. Please join us every Wednesday for Aaron's Lunchbox: Mean Bean Burrito (yum!), chips, salsa, a donut (of course!) and special treats. Each week the items will change and we will be bringing on friends to help us curate this box of fun! All proceeds will go directly to the family, so come show your support and eat your heart out for one of Columbia's biggest sweethearts."
Aaron used to teach at my child's daycare, and his wife Jessica is behind the awesome children's line Owlette, which I have blogged about before. Please support this family if you're in Columbia, and order Aaron's Lunchbox at El Burrito on Wednesdays.
+ I'm a huge proponent of raising the minimum wage in our country, as I see the human side of the issue daily. I work with adults who are working--many times full-time--yet can't make ends meet to support their families because they make a miserably-insufficient minimum wage. I fully admit that I am not an economist, and therefore don't understand that side of the debate, but I've been trying to educate myself a bit from that perspective. This article/research makes some great points, taking into account the economics of it all: How to Reduce Poverty and Save Taxpayers $4.6 Billion a Year. This makes quite a statement too: 600 Economists Sign Letter in Support of $10.10 Minimum Wage.
+ My Birdie will be 1 in a week, and her flower-themed party is scheduled for next weekend. I have been "pinning" inspiration on my Birthday Party Ideas Pinterest board. I am enamored with this cake, and plan to undertake something similar:
Planning my children's birthdays is kind of a hobby of mine, so I'll share how Birdie's 1st turns out. I shared Jones' 3rd birthday party--marching band themed--on my Fig Columbia blog.
+ And last, but certainly not least, today is Bee Day 2014 in SC! Advocates for comprehensive sex ed reform in SC public schools are talking to legislators at the state house today. If you want to be counted among the thousands of South Carolinians who believe the best way to address many of our state's problems is through age-appropriate, medically accurate health education and access to comprehensive reproductive health services, then add your name to the Reproductive Bill of Rights on the Tell Them site.