The Principles, like many important UN conventions, are not legally binding, so of course the US is not legally required to ensure compliance within its borders. But one would hope that we would demonstrate at least a moral conviction to these standards while we admonish other states for not doing so.
I decided to take a couple days to revisit hobbies I love (because there are more kinds of love than just the romantic kind), like blogging on a more consistent basis than I have for the past six months. So, if you ever feel stressed or like you're in a rut, or even if you're just flat out bored, check out some of these amazing TEDTalks for inspiration!
I think about the last year as if it were an old friend. I don't forget it or talk sh*t about it. I think of its rough face and long fingers. I write letters to it and remember it as a happy disaster, as the year when I learned how to spackle, survive a life-threatening illness and stand up for myself.