Weekend Links: 07

 Weekend Links: 07 | On the Street Where We Live (aretherelilactrees.com)

This week has been a whirlwind of good news personally—Andrew and I could only be described as giddy. We'll leave it at that with this photo of the most delicious summer dark chocolate frappuccino!

Here's a list of the links we've loved this week:

  • How to be happy, an authentic happiness inventory, and the free Yale course. (J)
     
  • "Wouldn't it be wonderful if all our letters could be published in the future in a more enlightened time. Then all the world could see how in love we are." This from a year ago showed up in my Twitter feed this week. (A)
     
  • I love Adam Levine, but he's only part of the reason I love this music video. (J)
     
  • The United States has an immense capacity for cruelty. (A)
     
  • I'll never forget learning through a suicide prevention training at my last school that rates of deaths from suicide are highest in the spring and summer months. The news of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain was shocking and sad. As someone who has loved ones who suffer from severe depression, this post provided me with a great deal of perspective. (J / See our post on mental health here.)
     
  • No one particular story here, but if you google South Korean presidents and spend a bit of time looking over the past 70 years of the history of 대한민국, there’s some real Korean Drama. Here are some highlights.

    Of the four prior to the current president, one died of suicide, two have been arrested in the last fifteen months, and another won the Nobel Peace Prize. Both of the parents of Park Geun-hye—one of the arrestees who was recently sentenced to 24 years in prison—were assassinated in the 1970s. Her father, a dictator, was killed by his friend who also led the country’s intelligence service. This was five years after her mother was killed by someone trying to assassinate her father. The president who preceded the other arrestee wanted to move the capital from Seoul, which (spoiler) didn't happen. After leaving office, he became embroiled in scandal and said this in a post on his website shortly before his death: "You should now discard me...I no longer symbolize the values you pursue. I am no longer qualified to speak for such things as democracy, progressiveness and justice.” Current president Moon Jae-in was his chief presidential secretary. (A)
     
  • In a similar vein, I finally read a piece by one of my idols, John Dickerson, about the American presidency. That we currently have a bad person doing a bad job in this most important office is, as Ta-Nehisi Coates puts it, a tragedy, the story of which is far deeper than simply the fact that Donald Trump is a bad person and bad at his job. (A)
     
  • These Cult Gaia mules are a work of art, much like their now ubiquitous 'Ark' bag. I'm not a shoe girl, but I've been inspired by the trending unconventional (is that an oxymoron?) shoe designs lately. (J)
     
  • We had lunch with Jen’s coworker and her husband who works for Adidas in Seoul. I was subsequently reading about the insane history of Adidas and their competitor Puma. (A)
     
  • My best girlfriends and I already have 'Winter is coming'-type conversations about the next decade. I still have a few good years until age 30, but SK-II's #INeverExpire campaign spoke to me. '30' is a source of massive pressure and panic for women in Asian cultures, which is why it's so progressive and important for an Asian beauty company to be discussing it. (J)

 

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