Helping You Help Yourself #45

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Design company LMNOP wants to give you free postcards to fill out and mail to your representatives about your views! (Thank you for the tip, Maree!)

Some musings on how one might logistically go about crossing a border in or out of the US without giving customs agents access to data on your phone or computer. Definitely not feasible for everyone, but good to know about!

For people going to protests or demonstrations where arrest is a risk: a guide for protest prep, what to expect and what to do if you are arrested.

Some libraries and museums are creating free coloring book pages from images in their collections! Print them and go to town!

An app that sends you push notifications prompting you for specific self-care tasks.

For people who loved Cecelia’s first guide to Gaying Your Makeup and can’t wait for more: everything you need to know about lipstick and putting it on.

Some tips on overcoming phone anxiety from experts!

Human connection is so beautiful and powerful, and sometimes so is blocking people that you don’t want to be able to contact you anymore. Here’s how to do it in iOS and in WhatsApp.

Currently there’s heightened concern in my city about lead contamination in our drinking water, which is being reported increasingly across the US! While the EPA’s website still exists, here’s its guide on how to test your water for lead.

Speaking of water and pipes, let’s take this moment to revisit one of our favorite YouTube channels, See Jane Drill! Here she shows us how to fix a burst pipe, for those of us in parts of the world that are still cold.

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Originally from Boston, MA, Rachel now lives in the Midwest. Topics dear to her heart include bisexuality, The X-Files and tacos. Her favorite Ciara video is probably "Ride," but if you're only going to watch one, she recommends "Like A Boy." You can follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. V excited for more of See Jane Drill – my partner and I are in the process of buying a flat (fingers crossed!!) so we now have to learn how to fix things instead of calling our landlord!

  2. I’ve been thinking a lot about that border crossing data issue. Is it even possible to buy non-smart mobile phones anymore? If so I think I’d get one hooked up to my account and use that to travel.

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