Monday BARB UP February 26, 2018

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A quick post. For the last few days, I’ve been rolling with a hive. A gaggle of people that I order Ubers and Lyfts with, eat my meals with, see from sunrise to nightcap. For a woman who lives with one roommate-slash-offspring, living Waltons-style is not natural. I have to do a lot of faking it, of showing up physically as well as mentally. Being present when I want to recede into the bowels of my bed. It’s been a good exercise for me. Stretching myself, as a natural introvert. Being part of a team. I am enjoying it. Holding the proverbial hand, being outside my comfort zone, being part of something other than the world I created. I’ve been so solitary for the last two years; coming outside, finding resolve in patience and camaraderie  is most welcome.

Monica Lewinsky: “My trauma expedition has been long, arduous, painful, and expensive.”

Peggy Orenstein: “I’ve been really involved and been writing about kids and sexuality and sexual ethics and what that means about gender and power and everything, which ends up being the question of the moment as it happens. I feel like my values that I’m taking into this work stem directly from what was going on in the culture.”

Rachel McAdams: “It was really amazing to think, that many years later, that you could take your power back a little bit. I never imagined, 17 years ago, when that happened, that I would have this opportunity. I had put it away, on a shelf, and to be able to help in some way is really extraordinary.”

Alisyn Camerota: “I don’t know anybody in the media that likes mass shootings. You’re wrong on every single level. We pray that there’s never another one. And the idea of them being ratings gold … guess what? They’re not ratings gold. Because Americans have reached saturation levels. They’re so sick of it. It’s so heartbreaking that they actually often turn away.”

Jane Seymour: “I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone. When you’re younger, it’s all about ‘look at me.’ I’m not trying to get anyone to look at me.”

Laurie Metcalf:  “You pour yourself into your work, you invest yourself 150 percent, and when you do you sleep well at night.”

Men, men, men, manly men, men. Also, more men.

And now have a laugh with Ms. Pat.

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