Five Things Friday (#21)

It’s Friday at last! Honesty time: I’m so cranky right now. I overslept and I didn’t get to have my morning coffee and I’m feeling angry and bitter and not at all like my sunny self. I guess that’s all the more reason to write Five Things Friday — even on the worst day, there are always at least five things, right?

1. Art by 中下游

I am in love with all these digital paintings and I’m desperate to find out how to buy them because the website that features them is in Chinese and Google’s translate feature isn’t helping much. They’re just stunning.

2. This equestrian corgi

Honestly, how bad can the world be if there’s a corgi out there that has been riding his neighbor’s pony in secret?

3. This article about Loretta Young and Clark Gable

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I fell down a research rabbit hole yesterday while doing some writing and stumbled upon this story, which I was unfamiliar with. The short version is this: actress Loretta Young got pregnant after a one-night tryst with Clark Gable and managed to hide her pregnancy from the world while maintaining a fairly public profile, and proceeded to hide her daughter from the world for over a year before creating an adoption narrative that allowed her daughter to live with her out of secrecy. Loretta’s daughter Judy didn’t find out the truth about her parentage until she was twenty-three, and the true story remained unconfirmed until 2000, after Young’s death.

In 2015 when this article was published, Young’s daughter-in-law claimed that Young, upon learning the meaning of the term ‘date rape’, said that was what had happened between herself and Gable, casting a completely new light on an already shadowed incident.

Though the article is over two years old, it is extremely relevant today considering the recent #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and the rising discussion about sexual harassment in Hollywood. There is no way to know for sure what happened between Young and Gable, but the story certainly showcases the ways lives of Hollywood women have changed since the 1930’s — and the ways they haven’t.

It’s a compelling read and a well-written piece. Check it out.

4. These Dogs

I don’t know if you have seen that video of the golden retriever holding the egg in her mouth, but this response to it is the funniest thing I’ve seen in 2018. I’ve probably watched it 150 times.

5. This.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Published by clairelaminen

I am a Ventura, California native with a compulsion to create. I'm a storyteller, through writing, photography, and occasionally music. Weekends are for camping with my husband, reading, and hunting for vintage treasures, which I sell in my Etsy shop, Peace & Goodwill. My favorite things include lavender lattes, swimming in the ocean, true crime podcasts, The X-Files, and Peaky Blinders. I hope to become a full-time writer, bestselling novelist, and a continually improving reflection of God's grace. Proverbs 16:24

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