The Week’s End // A Roundup of Inspiring Reads

Hello and happy weekend friends! If you’re looking for some interesting and inspiring reads to check out while you kick back and relax here are my favorites from across the web:

Help is on the way.

This is populism

Dysphoria for the non-binary

Glenn Beck pivots

Theory of Trump

Burn!

Shadow Syllabus

Want less, waste less

Support all mothers

Goodbye.

Same

Bee Butts!

Have you read, watched, or written an interesting or inspiring thing this week? Has something on the internet made you feel strongly, think deeply, or see the world in a new light? If so, drop a link in the comments, we’d love to check it out!

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The Week’s End // A Roundup of Important Reads

Hello, friends! I’m a bit late for the start of the weekend but if you’re still looking for some interesting and inspiring reads to check out here are my favorites from across the web:

Heal
Heal

Is America great again yet? Bonus: 2018 is already underway.

“I’ve never felt more sane

Abstinence-only damage

Bring meditation into public schools

Black people time

Sixties scoop

Her.

Body positivity for men

Femininity is powerful

Center for Good Citizenship

Believe Bonus: Based on this episode.

Rest in Power Edward Crawford

Have you read, watched, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something on the internet made you feel strongly? If so, drop a link in the comments, we’d love to check it out!

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The Week’s End // A Few of My Favorite Internet Things

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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Donald Trump’s message is violent to its core // Vox

Violence is scary. But violence as a political ideology is terrifying.

 I don’t know how things got this far. I don’t know why this man has gathered the following he has when we can all see that he will make this country one of hatred, violence, and exclusion. Since when has that been anything like what America was about?

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Free Bleeding: NYC Public Schools to Give Out Pads and Tampons to Students // Broadly

By the end of March, 25 New York City public schools will give students access to free pads and tampons. According to public health advocates, this is both essential and long overdue.

This makes absolute sense and I can’t believe it has taken us this long to consider the idea. I hope this program is extended to every school district all over the country. We offer free breakfast and lunch programs, why not this?

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Everyone’s clock runs out…eventually. // Rethinking Life

I think we’re a lot like watches…we have delicate parts that need to work together, if we are to run properly. If one part wears out, we don’t keep proper time.

Death has been on my mind lately. More than lately, it’s been a major source of anxiety for me since I was about 5 or six years old. I am working on accepting that death is an inevitable part of everyone’s life. I want to accept it so I can live!

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#56 – On Death and Life // Radio Headspace

It seems like the more we’ve started to acknowledge ideas around mindfulness, presence, living day to day, the more we’ve had to acknowledge our mortality, and dying, and how death affects the way we live our lives.

I was surprised that this podcast, instead of causing anxiety, helped relieve it. It sparked some ideas and gave me some sources I could pursue to find peace with the inevitable.

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Day 30: A Month After Rehab // PLOTLESSONE.COM

Once upon a time in a memory so fucking close…

Intense, urgent, heartbreaking, and a reality for many people who are dealing with addiction. Beautifully written.

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as the moon is an
extension of the sun, we
orbit even more

Two people, orbiting, rubbing, and reflecting one another.

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There’s Still Oil on This Beach 26 Years After the Exxon Valdez Spill (Part 3) // National Geographic

By day, a secluded bay in Prince William Sound is the site of spawning salmon destined for supermarkets. But when the tide goes out and the beach is exposed, evidence of oil can be found, 26 years after the Exxon Valdez spill. Final segment of a three-part investigation.

I swear I love the human race but goddamn am I disappointed in us.  Not only for all the damage we cause but that we so quickly put on the blinders and forget what we have done. We should be talking about this all the time. We should have been for the last 26 years.

P.S. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 too.

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Weekly Walk 24 // Imperfect Happiness

It was 60°F when we left the house, and the clouds were amazing.

Tomorrow marks the first day of spring and I am thinking that on the weekends me, my lady, and maybe the dog if she can be good, and take some walks through the city and the parks nearby. Basically, I am considering stealing this wonderful idea for my blog.

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Ode to Barbie Now by S.J. Dunning // Sundog Lit

You squat in attics of deadbeat dads whose daughters circled you in catalogs we’d later find in a flood that ruined almost everything.

Daughters and their Barbies and the world we grew up into that was nothing like her mansions, cars, and perfectly sculpted men.

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This Lisa Frank Tarot Deck Will Bring Out Your Inner Fifth-Grade Mystic // Huffington Post

Hart brought back all of your favorite childhood Lisa Frank characters — the flirty puppies, the showbiz bear, the coy cheetah — to help read your energies and determine your fate. 

Lisa Frank will always have a special place in my heart. I remember sifting through folders, notebooks, trapper keepers, and pencils, trying to find the colorful characters I liked best, the panda, the lions, and the puppies. Those schools supplies were true works of art and brightened the grim realization that summer was over and we were heading back to school. Kids these days will never know.

I will be printing these cards.

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something on the internet made you think or feel strongly? If so, drop a link in the comments :)

The Week’s End // All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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Trump Supporters Aren’t Stupid // Emma Lindsay

America incentivizes racism in working class white people, and if we fail to understand this, we will fail to fix it.

I think we can all agree this election has become quite the circus. Anger is being felt on all sides and if you have seen any of the last few Republican debates you have seen the mud slinging getting out of hand. While I may not agree with the people who are voting differently from us, and while we may find their words and their actions deplorable at times, if we wish to be our opponents, and maybe even bring them over to our side, we have to start really trying to understand them.

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Presidential Penis Politics: A Micro-History // Notches

Donald J. Trump’s penis, size unknown, has reared its head as a political issue.

Speaking of the mud-slinging, if you saw the last Republican debate you might have caught the moment when penis size entered the conversation. The secondhand embarrassment and humiliation was almost unbearable.

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How to Read More // Austin Kleon

Yesterday everybody was tweeting about #WorldBookDay, so I updated my list of tips for how to read more. Here’s a printer-friendly PDF file for your office, classroom, etc. Send me a picture if you decide to hang it!

Sometimes we need a little motivation and encouragement to read books the way we should. Austin Kleon, when not motivating people to become the best creatives they can be, is teaching people to become great readers too. Check out the poster he made and hang it up wherever you feel most comfortable doing your reading.

Bonus: Check out his list of 33 Thoughts on Reading and if you have trouble putting down your phone to make time for books I recommend his lock screen wallpaper Read a Book Instead to remind you.

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Pride, Prejudice & Zombies and The Benefits of FanFiction // Growing Up Millennial

Whilst these stories borrow characters and story lines many have original story lines, explore the characters in new ways and are well written and entertaining.

Speaking of reading I admit I have been quietly intrigued by the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I saw the book on a Barnes & Noble shelf maybe a year or two ago and I laughed it off, but I also wondered if it was a book that I might find interesting. I feel the same about the movie.

Maybe this will be another one of the books I tackle this year too.

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Trans Kids Not Necessarily Crazy // Gendermom

And as grateful as I am for this amazing study, I’m also kind of pissed off that it has to exist at all.

Trans kids aren’t crazy and it shouldn’t have taken a study for us to find that out. I’m glad times are a’changing and that people are recognizing trans and queer kids without hate and pity but God do we still have a long way to go.

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House of Cards // Netflix

There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.

// Frank Underwood

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are amazing together. They play the perfect Machiavellian duo, Frank and Claire Underwood, a political power couple. The lengths these two will go to get what they want will keep you glued to your seat. Season 4 was just released so if you haven’t watched before now would be a good time to start binging.

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Why you’re not quitting Twitter // Idiot Joy Showland

You can’t quit Twitter: you, writer; you, comedian; you, journalist; you, early adopter; you, self-confessed nerd and unapologetic brunch snob.

I love Twitter but I do not know how to use it right. I tweet, I retweet, and I lurk, but I am not good at engaging. Twitter moves too fast for me I think but that does not stop me from loving it anyway.

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A new normal that isn’t normal yet. // Another Chapter in the Book

“What the f*ck is wrong with me?” I cried as I laid in bed in excruciating pain at 4 in the morning. I wanted to call someone, anyone. The tears rolled down my face as my legs stiffened.

This was night number five.

When I was young my little sister was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We all got tested and my first test indicated high blood sugar levels and the doctors took more blood and did another test that would take a little longer. Turns out I was fine but in those moments between those two tests were some of the scariest in my life.

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On the Day I Die // John Pavlolvitz

On the die I day a lot will happen.

A lot will change.

The world will be busy.

I think about my own death every single day. I fret over it and I let it get to me until I feel nauseous with anxiety over all the things I have left to do, all the people I’ll be leaving behind, and how they will grieve over me. I am trying to remember that when I do die none of this will actually matter at all.

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How E.E. Cummings Writes A Poem // Nerdwriter

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)

I had never heard this poem all at once like that and I don’t know what it is but i was almost brought to tears by it. I think I will add a collection of his poems to my list of books to read this year.

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something on the internet made you think or feel strongly? If so, drop a link in the comments :)

The Week’s End // All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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Fear and loathing at a Trump rally // Vox

Islamophobia in America goes much deeper than Donald Trump.

Honestly, these racists coming out of the woodwork to support Trump and in turn be emboldened be him are truly terrifying to me. Please do not let this man become our next president!

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Dear Black Body // Black and Wordy

I never expressed this outwardly (or inwardly), but I have been fearful of your destruction my entire life. I also have neglected to tell you how much I love you.

You might not be your body, but your body certainly shapes the kind of person you are. Do not forget what your body has been through and what it has done for you. Love your body, whether the rest of the world does or not.

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How to find your voice // Austin Kleon

Young artists are always being told to “find your voice.”

Whatever that means!

Finding your voice is not some mysterious or magical thing. There is no need to agonize or stress over finding it. It’s out there, in experimentation and imitation. Go forth and find it.

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Do Numbers Really Matter? // Jenny in Neverland

Stats, page views, followers, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, whether you like them or not, in the blogging world, numbers are everywhere.

How much do you care about stats and followers? I think bloggers who say the don’t care at all are lying. There is a thrill and a satisfaction when those numbers go up, and when they go down you can help taking it personally. We all care a little and that’s ok.

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The Best Science Books of 2015 // SciFri

Was there a science, technology, or environmental book from 2015 that made you think, laugh, or gape in amazement? Now’s the time to celebrate it.

I failed my reading challenge this year but the most disappointing part is I didn’t read anything science-y. Next year I will definitely be including some of these titles. If you just want the list you can find it here.

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Made // Girl in the Hat

A woman is not born, she’s made.

I don’t have kids but one day I might and I’ve often wondered and worried about how I would protect my daughter from the little hurts and shames that come with being female, and the bigger ones that wait around every dark corner and deceptive smile.

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30-day minimalism challenge // Into Mind

I’ve compiled 30 one-day assignments to help you dip your toes into minimalist living, discover lots of new things about yourself and get a big head start. If you want to live a simpler, more intentional life with less stuff but more time and energy for the people and things you love, make January your month of change!

I came across this on Tumblr this past week and even though it was made for last January I think it can be used going into 2016 as well.

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Ten minutes from a phone // Butterfly Mind

Krista Stevens has written before that the best camera is the one you have with you. We are moving into an era where I think we can say the same thing about blogging tools.

A couple of weeks ago I shared another post from Andrea Badgley on publishing posts to your blog in just 10 minutes a day. I like to think I’m doing ok here posting nearly daily but I do stress and scramble everyday to accomplish it. Maybe I should give posting from my phone another shot?

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The Three R’s: Religion, Racism, and Republicans // Sky Dancing

What can we do to break the stranglehold of right wing religious extremism and intolerance on the Republican Party?

It’s not so much that the Republican party is bad, it’s just that they have been taken over by people who are hell bent on making this country into their own image.

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Transference // The School of Life

Transference is a very useful word from psychoanalysis which describes the process whereby we react to situations in the present according to a pattern laid down in the past, usually in childhood. Getting to know our own particular transferences is part of becoming a sane adult.

What if I told you that a lot of the difficulty you might be having in your personal relationships as an adult can probably be traced back to you childhood and your family?

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something made you think or feel strongly? If so drop a link in the comments :)

The Week’s End // All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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Being Poor // Whatever

Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.

This reminds me of moments in my childhood and some moments in my adulthood. More than anything though it makes me think of my mother, and how she must have felt all those years of my childhood.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Official Trailer // 20th Century Fox

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible.

This looks so dope!

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Motivated by Motifs // Daily Post

As inspiration this week, explore the use of motifs and symbols in your writing.

Never thought about exploring repetition, signs, or symbols in my own life but it is a good idea for the blog. Definitely something to think about for future posts.

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If I Had a Dollar (Why I Am a Feminist) // The Girl in the Hat

Because I was born in 1966, the year Betty Friedan and others started the National Organization of Women and challenged an industry which required flight attendants to quit if they got married, pregnant, or reached the age of 32.

Every woman should have a list like this. I’d be interested to see how much of our lists are similar and which parts would be different and why.

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I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – // zen and π

I heard a Fly buzz – when I died –
The Stillness in the Room
Was like the Stillness in the Air –
Between the Heaves of Storm –

I only just recently became a Dickinson fan after watching a Crash Course literature video on her. I fell in love right away and found a playlist on Spotify with a bunch of her poems. Her poem I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – is my favorite so far.

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The Trump Effect, and How It Spreads // The New York Times

The things he says are outrageous, by design, but they were not spawned, nor have they flourished, in isolation.

Ok, ok, Donald Trump is no longer a laughing matter! I never thought he was but it’s time my fellow democrats, liberals, and progressives start thinking seriously about how we are not only going to deal with Trump in this coming election, but also all the damage that he’s caused….and all the damage that caused him.

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Affirmative Inaction // Just Above Sunset

Donald Trump figured it out. Americans are not a nice people, and they’re proud of that.

Sometimes the data coming out about Trump supporters makes it seem as though this country has, deep down, made very little progress since the days of the Japanese internment camps. Maybe not even since the days of slavery. Maybe this country isn’t really about what it says it is about?

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How to Respond to a Ridiculous Climate Change Argument // GOOD

Climate change deniers often say, “The Earth has always been warming and cooling, this isn’t any different!” Well, this is different. See why.

Earlier this week a friend of mine implied that he believed that climate change might not be real because the Earth has gone through many periods of heating and cooling over the ages. I have to admit I am a little disappointed in this friend.

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Of The Luxury of Depression // Of Opinions

It is time we buried this notion that mental illness is a disease of the privileged, for that would not account for the alarming statistics that come up everyday, which must include the impoverished in a world where the latter are easily the greater number of the global population.

I’ve never thought that people with more money are more depressed, I just knew that poor people don’t have the time or the money to face or treat their depression. Poor kids learn at a young age that depression is always going to be there but that they just have to “suck it up”.

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Serial Podcast

Serial tells one story—a true story—over the course of a season.

I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about Serial for a long time but, somehow, I never got around to listening to it. This week Season 2 was released and I thought I better catch up before I fall to far behind on what could be a very interesting podcast.

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? If so, share with the class by leaving a link in the comments :)

The Week’s End // All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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The Racially Charged San Francisco Police Shooting You Don’t Know About But Should // Mother Jones

Warning: Graphic video.

This guy, surrounded by San Francisco Police Department officers, holding nothing but a knife, and clearly already injured, was deemed a threat and executed. I don’t understand why they shot him….Seems to me that batons would have subdued him easily.

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Bisexualitease // Bound to be Lost and Delirious

I am greedy. I have trouble with commitment. I am confused. I am experimenting. I want attention. I have had bad experiences with men. This might just be a stepping stone to coming out as gay. I am going through a phase. I want to fuck everyone I see.

I never really thought about how life must be for bisexual people, particularly women. I am aware of the stereotypes, and the ongoing war between bisexual women and lesbians, I just never paid much attention, not until Tumblr anyway. I do imagine it must be hard to be assumed greedy, untrustworthy, and slutty just because you are attracted to both sexes. Maybe I should pay better attention.

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Review: Erykah Badu’s phone-obsessed mixtape explores intimacy and connection // The Verge

There’s no pretension or delusions of grandeur about its 11 tracks, many of which live in a liminal space between covers, interpolations, and original compositions; they’re tossed-off and proud of it.

I cannot tell you how geeked I am about this. I am, and have for a long time been, a huge Erykah Badu fan. This is the most music she has released since 2010 and but “Caint Use My Phone” doesn’t come off as “old school”. It feels firmly planted in 2015 while still remaining full of soul. Christmas has come early. You can listen to it on Spotify or Apple Music.

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Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence // The Belle Jar

I am six. My babysitter’s son, who is five but a whole head taller than me, likes to show me his penis.

Every woman can recall little incidents like these in her life, ones where she was objectified and abused for the pleasure of men. Every women. (Found via Part-time Monster)

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‘Star Wars’ Strikes Back: Behind the Scenes of the Biggest Movie of the Year // Rolling Stone

Han Solo and Princess Leia join with a new generation to bring the epic saga to 2015-

 

Just 12 days left guys! I’ve been staying away from rumors and speculation because I want to see this movie with a fresh perspective but this write up on the “behind the scenes stuff” is worth a read.

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What Happened There? // Rarasaur

Life happened.

Scars, birthmarks, wrinkles, stories of our lives told on our skin. I love every one of mine.

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The Life and Times of Strider Wolf // The Boston Globe

He has traveled so far, from near-fatal abuse to here, invisible among Maine’s poorest, in the care of grandparents who have little left to give but love — and just enough of that. Yet somehow Strider is climbing. How high? How far?

Incredible story! So heartbreaking and full of hope that I bawled while reading it.

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Publish in 10 Minutes Per Day // Butterfly mind

You’re an awesome blogger, right? You never run out of ideas, you work your full time job, exercise daily, manage your household, and still publish regularly on your blog. You post exciting content every day and can sustain your level of blogging forever and ever, amiright?

Yeah. Me neither.

Great tip for posting daily. I don’t always post daily the way I’d like to but not because I don’t have ideas but mainly because I “don’t have time”. If I’m honest with myself I do have time, I just have to adjust what kind of posts I will write. On the days I “don’t have time” I’m going to try writing smaller posts from my own store of prompts.

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Are You An Anthropocentrist? // Laura Grace Weldon

When I was growing up we were taught humans were at the top of every chart, far superior to all other living beings.

I’ve long said that humans aren’t exactly the best evolution has to offer. There are many was that other animals can be judged superior but what if we stopped thinking about which was “the best” and started viewing the entire animal kingdom, including humans, as interconnected, with no one species at the top?

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Fast-Forward Girls 2015 // GoldieBlox

In 2015, these ten women in politics, entertainment, sport, and STEM are the leading ladies that we all hope to grow up to be, proving that anything – and we mean anything – is possible.

Each superstar is played by a mini-superstar in the making, including Sophia Grace, Heaven King, Jillian from EvanTube, Sam Gordon, RadioJH Audrey, Annie & Hayley from Bratayley, and Flippin’ Katie.

And now for a little pick me up :)

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? If so, share with the class by leaving a link in the comments :)