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1. The Black Lives Matter movement turns 4 today. And that matters to me.
2. Be curious. It's worth it. When I was senior in high school I ended up in the Vice Principal's office for the first time. It wasn't until I was a full fledged adult that I managed to get caught doing anything ridiculous at school, which is a pretty good record for staying under the radar. One afternoon in PE, I noticed a small cage on the wall near the light switches. Under the cage was a big red button. I had been looking at this button for years. Wondering so many things. Of course it was not to be touched, but come on. A big red button, under a wire cage?! When no one was looking I reached a finger through the wire and pressed the button. Turns out the button was an emergency shut off switch for all the electricity to the field house. All the lights turned off. Just. Like. That. My PE coach came over and immediately pointed his finger towards the Principal's office. When sitting in front of Dr. Brown, the school Vice Principal, I didn't have much to say. She wanted me to explain why I pushed something that clearly should not have been pushed. (And here lies the secret to why my daughter drives me crazy sometimes - we are twinsies). All I could muster was, "I was curious. I couldn't leave without pushing that button." She was so baffled by the whole thing that I walked away scott free. All these years later, I still feel pretty good about knowing that the red button under the cage in the field house turns off all the power. Totally worth it. I should have pushed it sooner :)
3. "Telling the difference between the coal and the gold gets complicated. You need to come above ground to see it." Bono on song writing using the metaphor of mining to talk about the creative process. I sort of LOVE this. And as you can tell by now I'm obsessed with him. Unapologetically. Forever.
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