My office and barre studio are in downtown Charlottesville. I live 3 miles away. I spend most of my time downtown, if not working or teaching, eating, shopping, and ordering my usual from Mudhouse where the Baristas know my name. I’m on those bricks nearly daily. For whatever reason, I didn’t stray to the downtown mall one street over from the office and studio until Wednesday this week, four days after our city was thrown into the spotlight.
It was overwhelming.
It was a couple of hours after Heather Heyer’s memorial service. I initially walked out of the office because I just needed a few minutes after working through lunch and churning through a long to-do list. It turned out that I needed a minute to grieve.
The mall was still swarming with media. They were stopping people left and right, asking for their thoughts on the weekend’s events. What side were they on? Did they participate in the protest? The counter protest? Did they know Heather Heyer? What were their opinions on Trump? Sure is hot today…
I was so thankful I wasn’t stopped. I would have spoken with them. I’m still a journalist at heart. But I don’t know what I would have said.
What do you say?
I shed a few tears as I walked. People were everywhere on the mall, just like always, but it was quiet. Somber. It was one of the most surreal moments of my life to date.
I live across from the National Guard headquarters and this morning, a fire truck was parked at its entrance, flying a massive American flag over the road. Moments later, I pulled to the shoulder with my warning lights on while a long motorcade of police drove through slowly with their lights flashing. They were on their way to the funeral of one of the State Police Officers who died in the helicopter crash.
It was heavy start to Friday, but also a beautiful one, watching Charlottesville drivers pull aside and turn on our blinkers in silent solidarity.
This town is resilient. Charlottesville won’t be defined by August 12, 2017.
Now that the heavy stuff is out of the way… Here are the links I’m loving this week.
8 Reasons Why You Should Move Away From Your Hometown – Moving to first Knoxville for school and then Nashville for work remain two of the greatest decisions I have ever made for myself. I agree with every single point of this article. Sometimes you have to take a huge jump out of your comfort zone to allow a whole new set of good things to come to you…
13 Signs You Might Have Celiac Disease – When I lived in Nashville, I was in the process of being tested for Celiac Disease. My doctor told me I was “borderline” and I saw rapid improvement when I cut gluten entirely. Given some of my recent symptoms and a painful reaction to a slice of bread and half of a (giant) cookie this week, it’s time to revisit some of those tests.
Kip Moore’s “Blonde” Video – Kip Moore has been one of my favorite artists since I wrote a piece on him for Great American Country right after he signed his record deal and released “Mary Was The Marrying Kind.” He says what he thinks, does what he wants, and is a gifted songwriter. He’s got a new album coming out September 8 and released the track “Blonde” from it this morning. If this isn’t today’s social media society…
22 Jokes You’ll Laugh At If You’ve Read Harry Potter – As an avid Harry Potter fan, I cracked up at a few of these. No. 2, No. 6, No. 18 and No. 19 – especially No. 19 – were my favorites. I’m still pondering No. 4 though. I’ve got questions now…
Open Office Floor Plans Ruin Productivity – After two years in a cubicle, I was ecstatic to move to an office with an open floor plan. I ended up with strong feelings against it. It had its benefits, but there were so many distractions and I often ended up undocking my computer and working in the lounge where it was quieter. I agreed with this piece 100%.
Texas Restaurant’s Signs Will Make You Laugh – I actually DID laugh out loud at some of these hilarious signs at a Texas restaurant. “I don’t work on Fridays. I make appearances.” was a favorite.
Charlotte Woman Soothes 8-Year-Old Special Needs Child – We could all use a little brightness this week. While this story about a woman who soothed a special needs child on an 8-hour transatlantic flight whose language she didn’t speak is a few weeks old, it’s worth the read. Be good to be people, y’all.
3 Inflammation Fighting Beverages – I’ve been making unicorn coffee a bit lately, and I think there’s something to this whole turmeric reduces inflammation thing. I haven’t tried any of these drinks yet, but I’ll get around to it one of these days – right after I figure out the best coconut milk substitute.
8 Things Entrepreneurial Brands Are Doing To Blow Away Big Brands – I’ve been studying up on this “stuff” a lot lately, and I loved this piece on how entrepreneurs are beating out big name brands in customer service. I’m a sucker for great packaging after all…
What are your favorite links on the internet this week?