Five Things Friday (#51)

It’s Friday, and all I have to say is: ASKSHDGLAGHADJwrghdDRWE!

Translation: I’m tired and not capable of much more than a keysmash. Here are 5 things I like!

1. This article about the 2019 American Copy Editors Society Conference

These are my people, and attending this conference is now on my bucket list.


You could feel the excitement in the room when a slide appeared with the heading “hyphens!” The A.P. is dropping the hyphen in such terms as “African American,” “Asian American,” and “Filipino American.” Froke credited this change to the eloquence of Henry Fuhrmann, formerly the copy chief of the L.A. Times, who wrote, “Those hyphens serve to divide even as they are meant to connect. Their use in racial and ethnic identifiers can connote an otherness, a sense that people of color are somehow not full citizens or fully American.” Fuhrmann, an American copy editor and a beloved aces veteran, whose father was of German and Danish descent and whose mother was Japanese, received an ovation.

You guys! Grammar and punctuation matter and reflect cultural shifts! I feel like I could give a full-on Miranda Priestly speech about it.

Oh, OK, I see. You think this has nothing to do with you.

2. Sara Bareilles’s new album, Amidst the Chaos

It’s really not an overstatement to say that Sara Bareilles is one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of our generation. This album is pretty much flawless.

3. Public Lands Hate You on Instagram

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@adventurousoutdoorbrand is just another company promoting itself at the expense of nature and your public lands. You would think that any company with the word "outdoor" in it would be interested in promoting good outdoor ethics, right? . . Not these guys! When it was suggested by multiple people that picking and trampling wildflowers wasn't a great thing to broadcast to almost 7,000 followers, what did they do? Apologize and take the photo down? Nope. Edit the caption to say that this kind of behavior isn't acceptable? Nope. They just doubled down, saying that the picture was just fine and that there is no way this picture could ever possibly influence people to pick and tread on wildflowers. I'm sure they've deleted all the comments, but there sure were some gems in there. This company is using pictures of someone destroying natural beauty to further their own cause with absolutely no regard for our public lands and the beauty of nature. Spread the word, @adventurousoutdoorbrand has no regard for the preservation of the outdoors. This kind of behavior by for profit companies is completely and totally unacceptable and should not be tolerated by anyone. . . . #publiclandshateyou #protectourplaces #deathby1000cuts #disrespect #selfish #ignorance #peoplesuck #illegal #publiclands #yourpubliclands #ourpubliclands #protectyourpubliclands #seesomethingsaysomething #wildflowers #wildflower #trampled #ruined #flowers #illegalbehaviour #forprofit #profitfirst #highimpact #leavenotrace #wildernessethics #think #wildflowersociety

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I’m generally not a big supporter of so-called call-out culture or public shaming, but I think it’s really important in the age of Instagram influencers and the endless quest for the perfect photo to remind people that their photos aren’t worth the destruction of public lands. Professional nature photographers will be the first to tell you that the most important thing is to leave no trace. Before you take that amazing poppy field photo that’s going to earn 300 likes, think about the message you’re sending.

4. Papio Press on Etsy

Gorgeous nature-inspired illustrations for when you’re feeling a little wild.

5. This video of a raccoon running on a…. raccoon wheel?


Listen, I’m tired, you’re tired. Sometimes you just need to look at a cute raccoon.

Here’s hoping we all get a lot of sleep this weekend and that Monday finds us refreshed and regenerated. See you next week!

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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