Sometimes Fridays come on Saturday.  Sometimes they come on Wednesday.  Sometimes they never come, because OMG, WHY IS THE LAUNDRY NEVER FINISHED?!

But, where Bren√© Brown leads, I want to follow.  So here's this week's TGIF:

I'm TRUSTING that even though I've been disorganized and out of touch all summer, I'll still be welcome to be part of communities and work that matter to me when the school year finally brings me a little breathing space.

I'm GRATEFUL for our neighborhood.  Columbus is a segregated city, and it matters to me that there are black and brown kids playing with my pasty little white guy in our complex. It makes me feel hopeful, and it makes me feel safer.

I'm INSPIRED by both the late Molly Ivins and the very lively Elizabeth Warren, who embody my favorite combination: joy and determination. I'm rereading Molly's "The Fun's In the Fight," because having a good time *before* we win is going to keep us up for all our good work.

And for FUN, I encourage you to support women-owned STEM businesses, like this one (a smidge NSFW).

Have a great week, y'all.  Tell me about your TGIFs, too, ok?

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"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
-Saint Molly Ivins