We are unique. Chimpanzees are unique. Dogs are unique.

“We are unique. Chimpanzees are unique. Dogs are unique. But we humans are just not as different as we used to think.” — Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is truly the modern day patron saint of animals, and possibly of confident women.

As a child, Jane was gifted a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee, who still holds a special place in her home. Jubilee would foster her life long love of animals, and her interest in Chimpanzees, specifically.

Jubilee holds no real significance to this post, I just enjoyed learning of his (her?) influence on Jane Goodall.

Baby Jane Goodall with her toy chimpanzee Jubilee.
Baby Jane and her Jubilee.

The start of Jane Goodall’s career is what fascinates me, and I’m sure the rest of the world, the most. Read more.

Can you love the art and hate the artist?

Have you ever fallen in love with a work of art? A book, a painting, a song, a movie?

Have you experienced that disappointment when you find that the creator of the work is not what you expected? Maybe they don’t share your values, your views on life or politics. Maybe, they’ve committed crimes so heinous that you question everything you thought you knew about your favorite things.

How do you deal with this? Do you continue on admiring the art, despite your views of the artist? Do your opposing personal views now change the way you experience the thing you once loved?

Can you separate the art from the artist?

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If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire….

“If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!”
— Shel Silverstein, Invitation

Did anyone else know about Shel Silverstein’s start as a cartoonist with Playboy?

I didn’t, and I find it strangely fascinating.

Playboy not only launched Shel Silverstein’s career, but he also probably had a hand in helping to launch theirs. Read more.

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Women and typewriters are not inseparable.

“Women and typewriters are not inseparable.”

Today I watched She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a documentary about the birth and growth of the 1960s women’s liberation movement. It was super interesting, and free for all you Netflix subscribers.

Towards the beginning of the documentary, a woman is shown holding a sign saying “Women and typewriters are not inseparable.”

It’s a small slogan, used at the time to fight for equality in the workforce.

And, it’s clearly been upwards of 60 years since this photo was taken and this sign was used, you’d hope that there’d be no use for it now. But, for some reason, this phrase really stuck with me. Read more.

You’re doing your own thing. It’s singular.

“You’re doing your own thing. It’s singular….And that is such a special quality, and all of us possess that ability, but you have to be willing to seek, and you have to be willing to be real frank in your music, and frank in your choices.” — Pharrell Williams, 2016

I came across this video today.

It’s a snippet from a master class that Pharrell Williams taught at NYU two years ago.

In it, he’s listening to an original song by (then student) Maggie Rogers, Alaska.

It comes as no surprise that this video went viral. The song is gorgeous, and Pharrell Williams’ feedback is amazing. Read more.

You make progress by implementing ideas.

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”
— Shirley Chisholm

Earlier today I was on the hunt for a good quote about rants. Something to describe those few opinions everyone has, often times unpopular opinions, that you just can’t ignore when they’re brought up.

I thought ranting was the word for this, but I don’t think it is.

And now I don’t think I’m a fan of the act of ranting at all.

A look at how the 2017 Wonder Woman movie isn’t feminist, and how we should be recognizing real women, like Shirley Chisholm.

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I am the sea and nobody owns me.

“I am the sea and nobody owns me.”
— Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking was written by Astrid Lindgren on request from her daughter.

Astrid herself was not one to be tied down.

She had her children, and eventually a husband, but none of that stopped her from living a full life and doing what she loved most. Read more.

Act now, without delay.

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”
— Simone de Beauvoir

Today would’ve been Simone’s 111th birthday.

She lived to be 78, and was an activist for everything she believed in till the day she died. I could only hope to be half as active as she was and contribute to something the was as inspiring to the world as her works still are. But hoping for something so far if in the future was not how she did things. Why focus so heavily on something you can’t see, when you can act now on what you can? Read more.

Be curious.

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

-Stephen Hawking (2018)

What would the world be like if you did not have the ability to question what you see? How is it possible to even view the world without questioning everything? Would living in a world where everything is just as it should be, no questioning necessary, make it an easier place to be?

Today is Stephen Hawking’s birthday, and I found this quote of his particularly inspiring and useful. Read more.