Me and Angelina Jolie

I wrote about women and health and the very necessary candor of Angelina Jolie in a piece published in Role Reboot today: Why Angelina Jolie Really Is a Badass. I am grateful that I got to contribute to a conversation I think is important.Screen shot 2015-03-25 at 10.15.25 PM

It was, truly, a day of firsts. My name next to Jolie’s (her name, her face). A flurry on social media that called me–ever the well behaved one–a badass. And the fact of overcoming my very deliberate nature to write something quickly from a place where I was moved and release it into the world. Mark it down, friends.

March 25, 2015

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031215Shannon is a badass. Sure, she gives me the best haircuts of my life, pretty much one after another. Today, a choppy bob that has curls springing from the back of my head. But also, her hen house was featured on the Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour. Her salon has the best Yelp ratings in Austin. It takes eight weeks to get an appointment with her. Over SXSW, when she shuts down the salon because the crowds take over the neighborhood, she’s going to build a deck at her house. A 500 square foot deck. Alone. The wood is on order. Also, have you ever thought about scissors? I hadn’t until she clipped her finger while cutting my hair today. She went to the back room to bandage it up. Maybe it’s from a week of too many episodes of Chopped, all those chefs dripping blood on the cutting boards, but scissors are like tiny knives. All day long, tiny knives.

March 12, 2015