Interweb Finds: A painted desert, the truth about mental illness & more

Momma & me the summer before I went to college

Momma & me the summer before I went to college

Oh man. I felt like I let out the deepest sigh (what? Did you think I was going to say fart?) going into this weekend, and I really had the chance to enjoy it. I helped John work on his next album cover design, met a friend downtown for her birthday, and spent some time drafting a post for a major announcement on Tuesday. That’s right, guys—I’ve hinted a few times at a secret to be revealed, and I’m just about ready to tell you what I’ve been scheming. And let me tell you, this is big. That is, in fact, what she said. So keep your eyes peeled.

But first, your regularly scheduled Interweb Finds post and a shout-out to the mommas of the world, particularly mine. I’ll be taking my deserving mom out to lunch today and then sending her off to a surprise location for some me-time. Or her-time, as it were.

Now for this week’s links!

A gorgeous essay on bipolar disorder and how it’s treated in society (via Lauren). This made me cry.

For a lighter take on mental illness, Allie of the popular blog, Hyperbole and a Half, is back with a brilliant post on her experience with depression (which is funny in a way only she can make it).

UM. Take me here: Salvation Mountain is a magical painted place in the middle of the Southern Californian desert. It’s so insane it’s almost like a mirage.

Girly moment. I found this tote via Jess Lively and am hoping someone will buy it for me, thanks. (The expense is justified—these bags are made by Ugandan women to help pay for their education.)

This article says Millennials are screwed. What?! No, but it’s a good thing. Here’s what the dismal economy has taught us about happiness.

So cool. A photographer took portraits of these four sisters every year for 36 years.

Lastly, Happy Mother’s Day! Author Anne Lamott’s essay on why she hates Mother’s Day. (It’s sweeter than it sounds, I swear.)

That’s all for this week. If you’re lucky enough to have a mom, go tell her you love her. If you don’t, go tell any mom you know that she’s awesome. See you all here on Tuesday for the big surprise! NO BUT REALLY. IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL.