This Just In: Some People Have Real Problems

So! This week turned out to be a rough one for me, mental-health-wise. Things are looking up, though, and I hope the same can be said for you.

Regarding the Charleston mass murder, if you want to do something and aren’t sure where to start:

1.) You can consider a couple of ways to donate to help the families of the murdered and their communities in South Carolina directly on the Charleston government website. I know lots of folks don’t have money to spare, and I don’t want you to feel guilty if you’re one of them. As someone who can, I always look for these funds to try and help folks on the ground who are in need.

2.) Check around your city to see if there’s a vigil you can attend. Many took place on Thursday night, but there will be more in the days to come. Even if they’re prayer vigils and you aren’t religious (like me), showing up and listening to what people have to say counts for a whole heck of a lot. I don’t have a comprehensive resource for this, but sourcing one on social media seems like a good bet.

Today is actually Reading in Skirts’ fourth birthday! How about that? Keep an eye out for the traditional celebratory giveaway on Monday. For now, I hope you can go into the weekend empowered and comforted, be it by your community, your plan, or whatever gives you strength. Also, please enjoy these photos of Flat Tire going from deep sleep to wideawakeness in under thirty seconds: