Friday Favorites is a weekly round up of my favorite stories and products from around the web. See what I’ve loved in the past here.
- Here’s a fun look at what life is like when your parents are completely clueless about your passions but support you anyways. (In this case, riding. Of course.)
- This article about overcoming trauma is written for equestrians, but I think it’s applicable to overcoming trauma of any sort.
- Got any fun plans for camping this summer? If so, (1) take me with you, and (2) check out this great article from REI on how to have a more eco-friendly camping trip.
- And speaking of eco-friendly vacations, Grist has a thought-provoking article on the double-edged sword of tourism in the Caribbean.
- If that fun camping trip involves any hiking, you might want to check out this 10-week training program for hikers, designed to get you fit and ready to put in some serious miles this summer.
- Okay, so I really want to see this immersive installation piece created with markers in person.
- This series of photographs by Tom Hegen makes salt processing plants look… pretty? Who knew there were so many colors involved in mining salt?
- Here’s an interesting series of photos by photographer Reuben Wu that uses drones to make landscapes look like alien planets.
- Street artist Oakoak has a way of making architectural elements look really funny.
- This short film about the dance of the seasons is ridiculously mesmerising.
- Apparently, I’m all about spiders lately, because I find this video of a spider weaving its web really fascinating.
- Brett and I went to the Coachella Valley for our honeymoon and visited a date farm, so I loved this article about how those date farms are managed.
- Here’s a great TED video about how one digital creator turned negative comments on YouTube into helpful discourses. I don’t agree with much of what Dylan Marron stands for, but I do agree with his mission to foster healthy dialogues in online forums.
- I don’t mean to toot my own horn here or anything, but Mother’s Day has me reflecting on some thoughts I had a few years ago about my own dreams of being a mother.
- A BYU advertising team conducted an experiment in which they asked non-Mormons to read just a single page of the Book of Mormon. Their responses were very interesting.
- A friend of another faith shared this awesome article about the 30 most beautiful college cathedrals in the US. Looks like I have a few more churches to add to my travel bucket list.
- This article about the daughter of a conventional farmer who now works as a sustainable ag worker is one of the greatest things I’ve read in a long time.
- An old steel mill in Baltimore is being turned into a 100,000 ft2 hydroponic greenhouse and I think they should do the same with all former steel mills.
- Nestlé has announced that it plans on making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Guess I can feel a little less guilty about eating chocolate chips by the bag now…
- In an effort to combat textile waste, a company called Half Century Jeans is guaranteeing their denim pants for 50 years.
- I actually saw this one years ago, but I still love this video about the need for young farmers to take the reins.
- The USDA’s proposed solution to the GMO labeling debate is… less than satisfactory. Good news is, there’s a 60 day comment period where we can make our voice heard. Please take the time to let the USDA know how you feel about GMO labeling.
- In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, here’s an adorable comic from one of my favorite comics. Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers and would-be mothers out there!