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Living in a college town means an exciting buzz fills the air as students move in and the fall semester starts. And even as temperatures continue to soar beyond 90 degrees here, my mind begins to wander toward warm sweaters, pumpkins spice and bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils. I do my best to embrace what’s special about my city and the season I’m experiencing now. (Love these tips.) But it’s no wonder one of my top reads this week features nine things you probably didn’t know about Nora Ephron.

Beyond fall, Ephron’s movies get me thinking about life in my 30s. (A milestone that’s just about 6 months away.) After a visit with a financial planner recently, I feel confident I’m on track as far as retirement savings go. But sometimes I wonder what other life events I ought to be saving for. Should I start an investment account for a future down payment on a house? Or even fertility treatments?  I haven’t made any decisions about children yet and I want to keep my options open. But I know as I age fertility could become an issue and as this New York Magazine article explains, treatment is expensive.

Another of my top reads this week highlights the difficult, often frustrating, intersection of fashion and journalism. I’ve seen articles in which commenters question a woman’s ability to report on a serious subject if she has also written about fashion. In this case, the quality of a woman’s reporting is questioned based on her fashion choices.

Finally, to round out my Basic B post, I’d like everyone to know that I love Eat Pray Love and I think Elizabeth Gilbert is amazing. I’m inspired by her ability to boldly be herself and I wish her every happiness following her latest announcement.




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The Florida legislature started its second special session of the year this week. It has one more special session to go after that. Committee weeks will follow soon after and the 2016 regular lawmaking will be starting, this time in January. And the legislature isn’t all that will be keeping me busy this fall. E and I have a few fun trips planned.

So this weekend I’m hoping to take some time to recharge. Hopefully that means sleeping in, taking a few evening walks and catching up on a little reading. Here are a few of top choices on my reading list:

Have you heard about the new way to get to Sesame Street? It’s through HBO! Read the surprising story here.

This story about how marmosets learn to communicate is both hilarious and adorable.

I’m looking forward to reading this article. I want to live a life that puts less focus on buying and more focus on cherishing.

This post is full of gorgeous photos from an Australian astrophotographer. Looking at the stars always helps me put my life in perspective.

And once I get all that perspective in order, I’m looking forward to this read from Mindy Kaling on how to have killer confidence.

What are about you? What are you reading this weekend?

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Happy Friday friends! This weekend I’m celebrating my birthday. We’re planning to head to one of my favorite bars for drinks with friends. I’m hoping we’ll also make a little time for cake.

I hope all of you have great weekends. If you find yourself with a little time to catch up on some news, here are a few of the articles that really struck a chord with me:

This New York Times Magazine interview with Iris Apfel is great! I’d love to have as much style and sass as Iris when I’m 93.

Speaking of strong women, I’m happy to read this news about the NFL’s first full time referee.

I don’t know much about the Beijing Five but I’m hoping to read more this weekend about their efforts to fight for women. The issues women still face in our world today, like the need for more public bathrooms, amaze me.

This story from the Washington Post is both shocking and heart breaking.

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morningHappy Friday! I’m hoping to spend the next few days catching up on sleep and a little of the reading I’ve missed while I’ve had my head down covering the Florida legislative session.(See what I’ve been doing here.) Here are a few or my favorite articles I’ve read this week, as well as a few I hope to make time for this weekend.

I rolled my eyes at this piece at first — an article in the New York Times about gel manicures of all things. But after reading it I feel strangely understood. This writer knows the struggle to balance time, beauty and what’s best for my body as well as the desire to make something the best it can be and then just stop thinking about it for awhile. “Freedom,” as she would say.

My home state of Indiana is already seeing fall out from a new law that purports to protect business owners from lawsuits if they refuse a person service based on that person’s religious beliefs. But many say it’s aimed directly at the state’s LGBT community and paints The Crossroads of America as  an unfriendly, hateful state. Already groups like the NCAA are signalling concerns over holding upcoming events in the state. Indianapolis is set to host the Final Four next week. Meanwhile, many are cheering Indiana Gov. Mike Pence backing off opposition to needle exchange programs in an effort to help battle an HIV outbreak in Southern Indiana. I look forward to reading more about this and learning more about what’s happening in the Hoosier state this weekend.

As someone who is eating a pescatarian, fish-based diet I’m bookmarking this story to listen to this weekend. An NPR report follows up on an Associated Press investigation finding the fish we eat in restaurants and buy from groceries stores might have been caught by Burmese slaves.

Meanwhile, in Florida, equal pay for men and women could become a reality in within the next decade. It’s an issue I haven’t been tracking closely, but I hope to learn more soon. Read the Sun Sentinel’s story on it here.

And while it’s a little less news focused, I’m also looking forward to reading this essay (Via goop). I hear it’s a moving piece focusing on struggle and change after the author’s husband suffered a debilitating injury. I think it’s always helpful remember the difficulty faced by others and I love to read about how they’ve prevailed.

What are some articles that thrilled or surprised you this week? I’d love to hear.

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