Category: On the Interwebs
This post was written by me about 8 months ago but I wasn’t feeling the greatest at the time and never posted it. I’m posting it now because I still want to share, but at the same time I don’t feel like making it into a better post. And now that you’re super excited to read it…
So one time this lady wrote a blog post (or maybe it’s just an excerpt from her book?) that said pretty much the same thing that I was trying to say in a recent blog post, but she said it better. I’m attributing most of the differences between our posts to our respective states of mind at the time each post was written. You see, I had recently been on Facebook and had read what proved to be that one-status-update-too-many status update in which … Read More »
“So. The world hates you. You are considered the worst thing to be compared to. Throw like a girl. Talk like a girl. Cry like a girl. God forbid we ever be girls.”
This post has been floating around the internet this week. (Warning – adult language.) For those of you who didn’t click through in fear of four letter words I’ll tell you that it’s a letter a woman wrote to her daughter that’s basically about how the world hates her because she’s a girl, but she shouldn’t worry about that because the world is stupid. I enjoyed it and agreed with a lot in part because, except for some details, it could’ve been about my niece who doesn’t fit into any stereotypes.
I’ve seen one criticism of the post but I’m sure there are others out there because this is the internet … Read More »
“In the end if all one accomplishes as a woman is being really sexy, forgetting to be kind, compassionate, authentic, and brilliant, then she misses out on being all that she can be. She misses out on making this world a better place. My friends, you were made to shine, to pour the light of your beautiful and authentic self out on this world. Believe in that, and move forward into your own beauty and complexity as a human being.”
– Jennifer Shewmaker
I’m against the death penalty, but that’s not the only reason why I’m linking to this piece at The Atlantic about a woman talking to her kids about the recent execution of Troy Davis.
As my sister’s kids have gotten older I’ve started to think more about what we tell kids about the real world, and how we tell them, and when we tell them. It’s been interesting to watch my niece and nephew process sad information, whether it’s about my parents’ cat dying or why foster parents are needed. I think maybe kids can handle more than I give them credit for, and this article is more proof of that.
So if you want to have a debate on the death penalty, I’m up for that. But I’m mainly posting this because I think kids are fascinating and this world can be really horrible, and … Read More »
So all of a sudden my work computer and my blog started fighting. It was very sad. Especially because their tiff really cut into my lunch hour blogging. And that’s why I’ve been gone the past couple of weeks.
But I’m back, and what better way to celebrate my return than by gawking at Russia’s prime minister? Go here to see more pictures like this:
Like my sister recently said, Putin would be pretty hilarious if he weren’t so creepy.
On the internet this week, I enjoyed this blog post (warning: contains curse words) by a mom really upset with JC Penney over that shirt they were selling, which I think they have since stopped selling.
And you should read this post from the same blog, because it’s great.
I also found a new awesome* website that you should all visit. It contains images like this:
*Awesome = History-related
This has been out on the internet a while so you may have already seen it. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re welcome.
I came across a blog, Give 1 Save 1, that raises money for families wanting to adopt. As I understand it, the readers of the blog are asked to give $1 each week, and each Monday a different family or adoption-related group is named as the recipient of all the money donated that week.
Adoptions are very expensive and the grand total of all the costs can be overwhelming and discouraging, so I think this method that asks for a little help from a lot of people is a great idea. And I’m telling you about this on a Monday so you can go right on over there and donate.
Some wonderful things the internet recently introduced into my life:
1. Gluey. It’s like Bejeweled, but globbier.
2. I am the nerd who asked her Geometry teacher for extra logic puzzles, so maybe no one else will find these linguistic puzzles as enjoyable as I did. But seriously, they’re challenging and really fun.
3. In almost every picture #7 tells the story of a Dutch woman whose life is seen from the point of view of a fairground shooting gallery.
4. I don’t really know why this video exists, but it does.
The New York Times just started a new blog called Disunion that “revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.” The first three posts are very interesting and I’ve already learned so much (for example, Baltimore has always been a very scary place).
Here’s an excerpt from the second post, The Last Ordinary Day:
“It was an ordinary day in America: one of the last such days for a very long time to come.
In dusty San Antonio, Colonel Robert E. Lee of the U.S. Army had just submitted a long report to Washington about recent skirmishes against marauding Comanches and Mexican banditti. In Louisiana, William Tecumseh Sherman was in the midst of a tedious week interviewing teenage applicants to the military academy where he served as … Read More »