September was a fantastic month for us. Really and truly fantastic. The whole month led up to our vacation last week which just so happened to coincide with our third anniversary.
We spent a glorious week on the beach with my sister and her family. I loved introducing Caleb and Hadden to the place where I grew up vacationing – I have so many memories locked away there, especially since I grew up moving and don’t have a home town or a childhood house to show them.
The end of the month snuck up on me since we were away, but I still wanted to share my favorite reads from this month. Here they are!
Bill Hewitt with Heather Penney: On 9/11, F-16 Pilot Heather Penney Was Prepared to Take Down United Flight 93
What went through your mind as you took off?
I was thinking this was the one thing in my life that I had to get right. I had already given myself up, knowing what my duty was.
And before you jump to the standby excuse that you were “just making a joke” or “having a laugh,” let the men amongst our number preemptively respond: You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused. Perhaps the phrase “boys will be boys”—inevitably uttered wherever misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.
Danica Johnson at Everyday Feminism: How to Explain Feminism to Non-Feminist in a Non-Threatening Way
The common ailment that we, as feminists, must fight against is a deep ignorance about what feminism actually stands for – especially how feminism is rooted in equality for all people. And because so many people out there are uneducated on the subject, there’s a lot of work to be done.
Rachel Grate at Arts.Mic: Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write
Pennebaker believes this act of expressive writing allows people to take a step back and evaluate their lives. Instead of obsessing unhealthily over an event, they can focus on moving forward. By doing so, stress levels go down and health correspondingly goes up.
Brian Adams Jones at Task & Purpose: Sorry, The Presidential Salute Isn’t A Real Thing
There’s no regulation that stipulates presidents must salute the troops. In fact, for the first 192 years of our republic, it didn’t happen. None of the first 38 commanders in chief did it. And some of those dudes had some serious military experience. Eisenhower? Grant? I mean, Teddy Roosevelt was a war hero. Surely he felt compelled to click his heels together and cut a perfect knife-handed salute when he passed a uniform service member, right? Wrong. It was literally something that Ronald Reagan made up one day.
Elesha Coffman at her.meneutics: All Men Should Be Farmers (A satirical take on Christian gender roles)
The Bible teaches that all men should be farmers. Farming is their calling, and they are biologically suited to it.
MY OWN WRITING
I am a mama who has never had to question teaching my son to wave to police officers. Until recently, I had never thought of them as a threat.
It is a world of privilege that my son was born into. Someday I’m going to have to explain that to him and tell him that people are treated unfairly and inhumanely simply because of the situation and conditions into which they were born. Someday my son is going to awaken to a world of injustice that can’t be fixed as simply as Mama on one side and Daddy on the other.
So there you have it – my favorite reads from the month of September! What are YOUR favorite reads from this month?