Diggin'

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I've been trying to be on social media less lately, with mixed results. I successfully deleted my Facebook for a few weeks, as well as Instagram, only to realize that in order to make any sort of progress on some of the projects I want to work on, I need to stay at least somewhat connected to the outside world, especially the people and organizations I want to be interacting with. So now Facebook and Instagram are back in. I'm not very good with moderation, though, so the second the apps were re-downloaded, the addiction began again in full force. To anyone who is able to keep themselves from checking their social media feeds every five minutes: kudos. I wish I had your will power. 

One thing I have been fairly successful at is not posting as much myself; this keeps me from constantly checking to see if content I've posted has gotten any likes or comments, which helps with the overall compulsion to stare at my phone and scroll. But I'm still following a lot of blogs, publications, and people who share incredibly important, interesting, and fun things, and I still think that one of the most beneficial parts of social media is the ability to learn about what's going on in the world through what other people share. It helps to keep people educated, on their toes, and thinking. And being entertained every once in awhile doesn't hurt either.

I would still like to be a part of that. So instead of constantly sharing things one by one as they pop onto my radar, I've decided to bring back my Diggin' posts, which I have done sporadically over the past several years (I think the last one I posted was in 2015, oops). It's a way for me to share stuff I'm interested in without burying myself in social media usage, and honestly, it's also a handy way for me to come back and find stuff later on (although I've also been using my Pinterest more and more for that purpose as well - do not follow me on Pinterest if you care about visually appealing boards). 

So, without further ado, some things I've been diggin' lately:

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:: I've always wondered why there seems to be a divide between people who use public land in different ways; this article calls for hunters an hikers and everyone in between to unite to protect our lands for all uses:

:: This piece discusses "nuclear family privilege": the fact that policies and cultural norms still favor people in heterosexual marriages with children over the myriad "non-traditional" family situations that are increasingly becoming more common than the latter. A quote of note: "How do nuclear families benefit from unearned privilege? From tax breaks and employment policies to medical care and media representation. Meanwhile, schools engage in Father’s Day celebrations even though 25 percent of children are raised in homes without their fathers. Women over 35 get looks of pity when others learn they are unmarried. Bereavement policies provide no time off for the death of an aunt, even if she is the one who raised you. Workplaces regularly hold evening events without considering the childcare needs of single parents. Long-term childfree couples are treated as not quite a family because they are not married and don’t have kids. Fathers—particularly, poor and/or black fathers—who are not married to the mothers of their children, are incorrectly believed to be “absentee.” 

:: Some fascinating thoughts about liars and lying. 

:: An inspiring piece about the Conservation Land Trust, and the life of Doug Tompkins, who died in a kayaking accident in 2015, and his wife Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, who is carrying on the legacy. The story of these two and the work they have been doing in the Patagonia region of South America has been such a source of inspiration for me; if I ever have enough money (these two were the CEOs of incredibly successful retail companies, so that definitely helped them be able to achieve what they have at this large of a scale), I would love to do something similar, and be a part of the effort. Either way, near the very top of my bucket list is to travel down to Patagonia and volunteer my time to help the cause. 

:: Speaking of Patagonia, the company by the same name has a pretty cool article and video (below) about regenerative organic agriculture, which coincidentally came out just a couple of months before I started my new job, which involves work in that field. 

 
 

:: An equally interesting production by Patagonia is the short documentary film Unbroken Groundwhich explores the connection between our food systems and how they can either help or hurt the environmental crisis we are facing (our current conventional system is definitely on the "hurting" end of the spectrum): 

 
 

That's all for now! Happy Friday, friends. 

Rachel Jackson