Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Coffee Talk: Podcasts, Barbie, and Whaaaa?

Coffee Talk {living outside the stacks}

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

Why didn’t anyone tell me about the magic that is podcasts? For years I’ve been trying to read while on my treadmill. Do you know how hard that is? All this time I could’ve been LISTENING. My obsession interest started with Serial. Everyone was talking about it. I hated being left out. If all my friends jumped off a bridge… This season is all about Bowe Bergdahl. I have mixed feelings about him. I hope they find the truth, but I doubt they ever really will.

Right now, I’m listening to The History Chicks. They make history fun. That’s what I try to do with my classes. You know, teach them the important things while sharing the human side too. I also try to make the past relatable and personal. But this isn’t about me. This is about THC. I like that they offer references and a list of follow up information to go with the stories they share.

I’m also listening to the Sorta Awesome Show. Each week, the ladies share something interesting that they’ve found, learned, experienced, etc. It’s just fun.

Do you listen to podcasts?

So Barbie has a new body. I can’t hate. I used to play with Barbies as a kid and I collected them as an adult. Funny thing is, I don’t ever remember looking at Barbie and saying “How come she doesn’t look like me?” I wonder if it’s because back in the 70s and 80s there just wasn’t that expectation/awareness or what?

Oddly enough, when my daughters started playing with dolls {baby, Barbie, and shudder Bratz}, I made every attempt to create as diverse a collection as possible. As their mom, I wanted them to be comfortable with people no matter what their skin color. And, honestly, the whole body thing just never bothered me. As a kid, an adult, or a mother. Although I did think the Bratz dolls had abnormally large heads. Seriously, what is that all about?

CORRECTIONRalph Fiennes Joseph Fiennes is playing Michael Jackson in a movie. I will not speak ill of the dead {MJ}. I will not speak ill of the handsome {RF}. But I will point out the crazy that is this situation because obvs the casting director doesn’t see it. A white person portraying a black person is akin to a white person performing in black face. It’s offensive. And stupid.

Now it’s your turn, what’s on your mind?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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