Brown Point Shoes Arrive, 200 Years After White Ones by an author (
Ballet dancers of color have long painted, dyed or covered point shoes in makeup to match their skin. Could this small barrier to inclusion finally be disappearing?

Ballet dancers of color have long painted, dyed or covered point shoes in makeup to match their skin. Could this small barrier to inclusion finally be disappearing?

When we would talk about examples of white privilege in our Project READY work, the fact that I can buy dance shoes close to my skin tone was one of my go-tos. It seems like nothing until you realize that dancers are spending hundreds of dollars and hours to modify pink or nude shoes.

Podcast Movement 2018 - Podcast & Podcaster Conference (Podcast Movement 2018)
Join us this July for the world's largest and longest running podcast conference! Over 2,000 podcasters from around the world are headed to Philadelphia for three days of panels, breakout sessions, and keynotes featuring Terry Gross, Pat Flynn and over 300 other speakers!
I’m participating in a 28 Day podcast challenge with Podcast Movement through the end of this month. I’ve already had several Things of Bronze guests give me feedback on my first episode, but I’m sharing with you, the internet, that I’m doing this challenge so you can hold me accountable. Feel free to check in with me throughout the month to see how it’s going. (Sidenote: Podcast Movement is a conference that offers childcare. Libraryland, we should follow their fine example.)
The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: Project Report (YA Forum)
Download "The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action" (PDF) or the Executive Summary in English (PDF). The Executive Summary is also available en Español. Share your thoughts about, and experiences with, the repoIn 2013, experts and practitioners from across the U.S. discussed the future of teens and libraries. The result? Some straightforward and achievable recommendations for engaging and empowering teens. YALSA’s “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action” report captures findings from the 2013 meeting about how youth-serving groups, community organizations and libraries can team up to help the nation’s teens succeed in school and prepare for careers. The report is available as a free download.
Finally giving The Future of Library Services for and with Teens the close read it deserves & feeling energized.
Dear IndieWeb, it may be time to start considering the user, not just the technical spec. by Eli MellenEli Mellen (
I’ve been working on a series of walkthrough posts that outline how to IndieWebify a Wordpress site. I presumed the initial setup would be fairly straightforward because a) I have a vague idea of what I’m doing, and b) a suite of plugins already exists. Boy-howdy, was I wrong. (ಥ﹏ಥ) I’...
Eli Mellen makes some excellent points here. I’ve been slowly chipping away at going full Indieweb for about a year. Only this weekend did I really get all the way there, and it took a lot of advice from Chris Aldrich, some assistance from David Shanske in the IndieWeb chat, and the judicious use of Chrome developer tools (especially the web inspector) and Google to get to where I am today, which is pretty much where I want to be.

I have WordPress and I installed all the appropriate plug-ins. I followed all of the directions in the Getting Started with WordPress parts of the Wiki. But these were the pieces that were missing that only recently did I get together:

  • Sharing links in a POSSE way and having them actually look good
  • Posting notes to Facebook and Twitter without weird link previews or my Gravatar popping up
  • Sharing on mobile

I wouldn’t ask your average social media user to do all the things I had to do to make this happen. As Eli says,

…the IndieWeb is at an exciting inflection point.

I’m immensely grateful for all the help I’ve received getting started, but I do hope that over time people won’t have to be as dev-headed as me to jump in. I am a far cry from any sort of developer, but I do have a lot more knowledge of how the web works than I think most people do. If it was tricky and took me a year to get it to do what I wanted, I can’t imagine what a challenge it will be for them.

The Durham Bulls will host 'Stranger Things Night' with some really awesome uniforms (
Minor League Baseball's Opening Day is April 5th -- which means we are close to experiencing the unique and noteworthy uniforms teams wear during. On June 21st, the Fresno Grizzlies will sport "Coming to America" jerseys that look fantastic. And the Durham Bulls will wear the latest pop culture threads when they don Stranger Things-themed uniforms. On July 13th, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rays will host "Stranger Things Night" in honor of the Netflix series that became an instant obsession.
Hi this is going to be my birthday party see you there.
Women are flocking to wellness because modern medicine still doesn’t take them seriously (Quartz)
The wellness movement is having a moment. The more luxurious aspects of it were on full display last weekend at the inaugural summit of Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand Goop, from crystal therapy to $66 jade eggs meant to be worn in the vagina. Meanwhile, juice cleanses, “clean eating,” and hand-carved lamps made of pink Himalayan...
As a woman with chronic illness, both physical and mental, who is a prime target for the wellness industry and a person who has spent a fair amount of money trying to fix myself in the middle of a systemic problem with US health care, I found this piece especially resonant. The points about the accessibility of “wellness” and the role of disparate health outcomes for women of color and low-income women are especially worth noting.
How Facebook Is Killing Comedy (Splitsider)
Last month, in its second round of layoffs in as many years, comedy hub Funny or Die reportedly eliminated its entire editorial team following a trend of comedy websites scaling back, shutting down, or restructuring their business model away from original online content.  Hours after CEO Mike Farah delivered the news via an internal memo, [...]
I happened across this piece in Austin Kleon‘s newsletter. It beautifully expresses a sentiment that I’ve heard from many of us who were around when the web was first becoming widely available: a desire to return to a time when individuals could publish things and you found them by searching or by word of mouth, not because an algorithm pushed them into a feed. This is not not about comedy, but it’s about a lot more than comedy. It seems more social media sites are adopting algorithms like Facebook’s all the time.

Here’s how I’m responding:

1. Publishing primarily here at Several months ago now I began to explore the IndieWeb movement. I’m still not really doing it fully – not using replies or events yet, for example. But I’ve gotten started and finally found my groove with long posts, status updates, and link-sharing, at least.

2. Using Facebook almost exclusively for its group functionality. Sadly nobody else is doing this with as widespread adoption as Facebook. This is where most of my communities are congregating. But I’ve unfollowed all of my friends and liked pages. If I want to know how a friend who internets mainly via Facebook is doing, I go directly to their timeline.

3. Subscribing directly to content providers in other ways. If I want to see everything, I go with RSS for a full blog feed. If I want more curated content, I go with a newsletter. I use Gmail labels to keep all my newsletters together and deliberately choose when to review them.

4. Observing my own response as I browse social media. If I’m scrolling Twitter or Instagram and I start to feel sad, angry, or bored, I step away. This is more about self-care than defeating algorithms, but it feels related, somehow.

There are scholars doing interesting and important work on this. Here are a few to check out:

Zeynep Tufecki

Safiya Noble

Anna Lauren Hoffman