Sunday reads: Bye Olympics, Karam Kitchen and Avos.

Ok so it's Monday.

I spent the weekend packing so I didn't get to share my good reads, and I am off today so here we are!

The Olympics were amazing this year, especially for women of colour (Jezebel).

From Jezebel, Clockwise: Michelle Carter, Sakshi Malik, PV Sindhu, Claressa Sheilds.  

From Jezebel, Clockwise: Michelle Carter, Sakshi Malik, PV Sindhu, Claressa Sheilds.  

In a former life, I lived in Northeast India doing research on the process of political empowerment for rural women.  I can tell you without reservation that to be a woman in India is to be gritty, resilient.  No wonder they're making more female Olympians than at any time in their history.  I weep with joy for them. 

F@*k ya Hamilton! (Saveur)

J. Walton for Saveur; Rawa'a, Dalal, and Manahel (declined photography of their faces) are the Syrian newcomers behind Karam Kitchen, a social enterprise in Hamilton. 

J. Walton for Saveur; Rawa'a, Dalal, and Manahel (declined photography of their faces) are the Syrian newcomers behind Karam Kitchen, a social enterprise in Hamilton. 

As if I need another reason to heap praise on my adopted home of Hamilton, but Karam Kitchen gives me another.  Syrian newcomers have come together with some local help to make a kick-ass pitch on Kickstarter to fund their new business, Karam Kitchen.  It's a catering company, and they make food that completely hits my savoury-fermented dairy-dried fruits-vegetable heavy sweet spot.  

On being alone in this world (Leo Babuta)

You are supported by millions of people, and those millions are supported by millions. The entire world supports each other. We became the people we’ve become only because we’ve had that support, we’ve connected to share ideas, learn from each other, serve each other.

I believe this is a miracle. We each are supported by a miracle of connections to every other person on the planet. We feel alone, but it is only an illusion.
— Leo Babuta, Struggling
Does this seem low? It’s not, really. Having two drinks—specifically, one drink, and then later on another drink—is moderate social drinking. It will probably make you a little more relaxed and easygoing. It is unlikely, however, to leave you sloppy or belligerent. You will not be the life of the party. Being the life of the party is usually a mistake, especially around people you don’t like and/or have to work with.
— Tom Socca

It is among the last weeks for those good California avos.  You gotta get it. 

Happy Week!