Those who know me know that I love a good list. Whether it be a shopping list, an Amazon wishlist, a to-do list for my day/life, or a list of names with some of them in red underline, I live by lists! That’s why I am putting together this weekly recommendation list that, if we’re being honest, won’t be every week, but rather when I have a collection of things to share.
Listen: Pretty Shining People, by George Ezra
George Ezra has a warm, rich voice that I want to package up and give to people when they’re feeling down. He doesn’t sound like the skinny white guy he is, which often surprises first-time listeners. I’ve never heard a song of his that I didn’t enjoy, and he is in the process of releasing a new album. One of his latest songs dropped last week and I am, tbh, a fan!
Read: In Spite of the Odds, by Richie Contartesi
Last week, I was in Washington for WA FCCLA’s state leadership conference. Their keynote speaker was Richie Contartesi, a former college and professional football player who overcame his small size through perseverance. He gave me a copy of his book, and I read it on the flight home. Overall, it’s a great story about how he worked hard and became successful despite people saying he couldn’t. And I was able to enjoy it without being a fan of football.
Watch: Queer Eye on Netflix
When my friend told me about this show, I thought it was probably sitcom about a few gay guys who were friends or something. Like a gay version of FRIENDS, if we’re being honest. Instead, I’m stupid and forgot about the original series, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” This show is about 5 guys, nicknamed the Fab Five, who help other guys in desperate need of life-improvement. It’s a heartwarming show and the guys they help are some of the nicest people in the world. You will not regret binging this in one weekend (like I did).
Meet: Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting
In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, which took the lives of 17 people, the media has given a spotlight to the young survivors speaking out in favor of gun control. However, one of the survivors, Kyle Kashuv, has received very little media attention because he’s a conservative who doesn’t believe in the gun control measures being advocated for by his classmates. Townhall’s Guy Benson wrote a great profile on Kyle last week that I hope you read.
Thanks for reading this first edition!