Happy Sunday!

I'm keeping it short and sweet for this edition. 

As you might guess, I get a lot of email newsletters every week (and Sown is the best! Just kidding. I'm working on it 😜) One of my favorite tricks for finding things to do with new friends or even by myself are local events-focused email newsletters. Every Thursday, Secret Boston hits me with a list of what to do for fun throughout the upcoming week — such as The Beyonce Experience at the planetarium here, which did not disappoint. (Mesmerizing visualizations of Beyonce's best songs projected onto the planetarium theater's ceiling? Yes please.)

But it's not just Secret Boston; it's Thrillist's Best Things To Do This Weekend, it's's Things to Do, it's Girls Night In recommendations for things to do, well, inside your own home. They are solid lists of different ideas for how to spend your weekend, and there's a plethora of lists of random weekend events throughout local media. That's how I found out about last weekend's St. Patrick's Day brunch and festivities at a local brewery I suggested to my boyfriend's roommate, as well as the annual South Boston parade I suggested to a girl I met on Bumble BFF (and went to both!). 

I know not every place has newsletters with events, and I know many of you lovely subscribers are journalists yourselves who may have to compile these yourself for your own news organization. (If you're in Orlando, FL or Portland, OR a new newsletter just kicked off focused on you curious local folk; Seattle and Miami already have them, and now they're organizing IRL too! The company behind them is aiming to expand to six more places by the end of 2018.) There's always opportunity to find something — and make sure it's the random thing, like Beyonce at the planetarium.  

Go sow: Challenge for the week. 🐝

 Build on Melody's tips for loving where you live
and Clara's advice for developing friendships:
find what's going on in YOUR town.

 Do the random thing
Write back and let me know how it goes! And add these to your friendship toolkit:
  • Could diving into the history of loneliness help us confront it? "While writing a book on the history of how poets wrote about loneliness in the Romantic Period, I discovered that loneliness is a relatively new concept and once had an easy cure. However, as the concept’s meaning has transformed, finding solutions has become harder."
  • What makes or breaks relationships? "The content doesn’t matter. What mattered was what they weren’t saying. What was beneath the words. And whether their partner was paying attention, being responsive, and being supportive." (This goes for friendships, too!)
  • Bring in the plants: "I didn't set out to build a jungle. I just saw how much energy and life the plants brought to the space and kept going." (Confession: I started my plant collection with an evergreen named Gladys.)
  • The Cut and WNYC's series about how women present ourselves online is powerful + helpful, especially after the Facebook privacy drama of the past few weeks. 
  • Won't you be my neighbor? Start the week on the nostalgic note by watching the trailer for the documentary about Mr. Rogers, an icon of many of our childhood, and getting all the feels.

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