Things are terrible. And when things are terrible, I often want to reenact the Lady of Shalott scene from "Anne of Green Gables," where Anne floats down the riverdramatically in a sinking canoe. Starting last week, women began accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of inappropriate conduct, ranging from sexual harassment to rape. Both the New York Times and the New Yorker published damning exposés of Weinstein's mistreatment of women over the years, which then resurrected less-than-flattering accounts of Ben Affleck, David O. Russell and Michael Bay, among others, who have been accused of inappropriate, verbally abusive and lecherous conduct, respectively. Fortunately, this has also caused many victims of sexual harassment and assault to tell their own stories with the hashtag #MeToo.
And this is on top of all of the natural disasters, the horrific slaughtering in Somalia, the refugee crisis in Myanmar and the impending doom of whatever Trump will do or say next. But since this is 2017 and we must suck what little marrow there is out of life, there are some silver linings. There's a new "Star Wars" movie coming out this year! "Stranger Things" comes back soon! You will apparently be able to stream Amazon Prime sometime this fall on your Apple TV (but I'm still waiting on that, Jeff Bezos)! Thanksgiving is just around the corner! etc.! Below are 20 more things that are giving me joy right now.
1. Rachel and Griffin McElroy's new podcast, "Wonderful!"
If I'm being honest, "Wonderful!" inspired me to write this listicle, so credit where credit is due. The wife and husband duo used to host a show called "Rose Buddies," which was a "Bachelor"/"Bachelorette" fancast. But after some skeezy news came out about "Bachelor in Paradise," they felt they could no longer in good conscience talk about the show. And since that's what the McElroys do best, they zagged on 'em, and changed their show to "Wonderful!," which is literally just about things that the couple enjoy. It is so incredibly sweet and positive, and it's adorable hearing their loving banter.