It has been a tumultuous week in the news. It seems like every time I checked my phone, the internet was fixating on (or maybe the better description would be freaking out about) yet another breaking news event in politics. It can be easy to get sucked into all the political turmoil. After all, there is a lot going on in that sphere. But, it's important to remember there are other things happening in the world we can keep up with, too.
How do we find time to read stories less focused on by the mainstream media? How can we take a mental break from the constant political news cycle? How can we keep up with what's happening on a national level and in our own community? Shoot us a note and let us know what works for you!
- “I can only do one thing, and right now family comes first. ... I’m so used to having a professional identity from my past, even though I know that’s no longer who I am. But right now, there’s just not a lot of room for that. Focusing on my family feels like right where I want to be." -Josie Huang, mother/yoga teacher/student/free spirit, in an interview with Women of Cincy
- "Murkowski and Collins were the only Republicans to vote against a motion to proceed with the health care bill debate. Both women cast votes against the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which could have led to 22 million more uninsured Americans. They both also voted against the Obamacare Reconciliation Act — repeal and delay — which could have led to 32 million more uninsured Americans." -Alexia Fernandez Campbell, Vox politics and policy reporter, on the Senate's failure to pass an Obamacare repeal bill, in her article "What McCain did was hard. What Murkowski and Collins did was much harder."
- “You think, ‘I’m going to watch Netflix and maternity is going to be great,’ but it is really hard. And having my coworkers come and visit, and remind me that I’m a person, too, was so valuable.” -Cathy Sonnet, creative director of Spicefire, on the support she received from her coworkers during her maternity leave, at AIGA Cincinnati’s Momologue’s panel
- “I try to stress the fact that they are just like any other Girl Scouting troop. The only difference between us is at the end of our meetings we are still in the same location." -Giselle Burgess, founder of Girl Scout Troop 6000 for homeless girls, in an interview with NPR
- “We became consumed with all things Fiona. We’ve done an update on Facebook every day since she was born. The attention has continued, but it’s been only supportive attention and positive, good news.” -Michelle Curley, social media manager for the Cincinnati Zoo, on the popularity of the zoo's social media star and baby hippo, Fiona, in an interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting
- “For the president to deny an able-bodied, fully qualified person the inherent right to raise their right hand and serve their country, potentially giving their own life for our freedoms, is doing this country an injustice.” -Logan Ireland, Air Force staff sergeant and transgender airmen, on the series of tweets from President Trump banning transgender people from serving in the military and denouncing them as a "burden," as reported by Refinery29