Consciously Curated: Barbie, Narnia, Diapers & Trump

Photo by Nirzar Pangarkar
Photo by Nirzar Pangarkar
Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

Sports Illustrated:

“We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world,” Ashley said in a statement. “I’m thrilled Barbie has not only evolved their product, but also has continued to honor women who are pushing boundaries. It’s an honor to be immortalized in plastic.”

The Art of Manliness: The Power of Conversation: A Lesson from CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien

“Sometimes silences become important pivot points to a new, fruitful stream of discussion. And good conversation often goes over the same things a few times, going deeper on the second pass, with a fresh realization emerging on the third. Instead of running away when conversations hit a snag, give them a chance to unfold.”

“Studies show that the mere presence of a phone on the table (even a phone turned off) changes what people talk about. If we think we might be interrupted, we keep conversations light, on topics of little controversy or consequence.” Would Lewis’ conversation with Dyson and Tolkien ever have gotten off the ground if his friends kept intermittently putting their heads down to check their phones? If each kept looking up and saying, “Wait, what?”


“There’s no need to remind you of how few men’s restrooms are actually equipped with changing tables these days; you’ve swapped out enough diapers crouched on the bathroom floor to know not many. And since you’re not particularly fond of putting your kid’s head down next to a disgusting public toilet, there’s the Baby Change-N-Go.”


“It wasn’t that these voters were ashamed about supporting Trump, it was that they were never on pollsters’ radar to begin with, either because pollsters never found them or they chose not to respond to the polls.”

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