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Link roundup 1/11

Oh, the Friday link roundup. I used to post it weekly and now it’s only occasionally. My goal is to post one at least once a month.

Scientists regenerated a ~32,000-year-old seed.

Especially this time of year, there’s so much out there about how to be more healthy, more fit, what to eat, etc., etc. This article explores the “cult” – or the business – of wellness and how all the advertising and consumption of products may not be helpful.

New York City bans plastic foam containers, effective this summer.

A great article on the new Netflix show Tidying up with Marie Kondo. I haven’t watched it yet, but this article definitely made me more interested in it. 

Tennessee governor granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown, who will be released from prison this August. She was originally convicted for killing a man in self-defense when she was 16 and she has served 15 years of what would be a 55-year sentence. As a result of her case, there is legislation in the works that focuses on self-defense for child sex victims.

From The Washington Post: Everything you need to know about the U.S. government shutdown. It has basic FAQs, updates, and addresses how the shutdown may affect people.


Friday link roundup 10/26

Move to Maine, help boost up their aging workforce, and they’ll help you pay off your student loans.

In Brazil, some prisoners have the opportunity to reduce their sentence by….reading books (and writing a detailed report about each one).

The story about how the classic dish Fish and Chips migrated to Britain.

A photo essay on Broadway’s first all-female design team.

Transgender and non-binary people face health care discrimination every day in the U.S.

In Vermont, political rivals surprised their audience after their debate by playing a duet together.

Sharice Davids, a Native American lesbian woman who is also an ex-MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter is running for Congress in Kansas. Her campaign video is worth watching.

To find out which states allow same-day voter registration, whether in the early voting period or on election day, click here.

Friday link roundup 10/19

At long last, another link roundup. I’ve been gathering these links for a while.

Ohio’s first recovery high school prepares to open in Columbus.

An in-depth article that challenges the many misperceptions and obesity.

Why the 8-hour workday doesn’t work. Includes ideas on what kind of structure works better.

On posture: To fix that pain in your back, you might have to change the way you sit. Really great information and insights. Also, instructions on how to sit properly. I’m finding the suggestions really helpful — when I remember to do them, that is. 🙂

From the LA Times: White progressive parents and the conundrum of privilege. These parents may try to teach their progressive values to their children, but how they act, where they live, and where they send their children to school may have a greater impact on kids’ perspectives of racial inequality, social class, etc.

A new illustrated book introduces the national parks to kids.

A few voting-related links! Your vote does matter. I hope to share more links as we get closer to Election Day on November 6.

  • Want to see what’s on your local ballot for the upcoming election? Go to You can put in your address and it will show you what’s on your ballot, and even some information on ballot questions. You can even select who or what you’re going to vote for and print it out to take with you to the polls.
  • Also, early voting is starting (or has started!) in many states! Check this calendar to see the information for your state. I like early voting because it’s often more convenient and less busy.
  • And if you’re voting on Election Day and you need a ride, Uber is providing free rides to the polls. 

Link roundup 8/3

From The Boston Globe: Motherhood brings the most dramatic brain changes of a woman’s life.

Hamilton co-creators receive special honors from the Kennedy Center.

Instead of (or in addition to) having a baby shower, why a postpartum party might be more helpful for new mothers.

Clean green public spaces may make us happier.

An ad from Nature Valley: Three generations were asked what they did for fun as children. From blueberry picking to technology, the contrast is striking.

This weekend is a tax-free weekend in some states. Click here to see if your state is included and what items might be tax-free.

On Twitter, questions on an practice exam for medical students, and a bias towards not believing women about their own symptoms.

On a recent hot summer’s day, someone found a deer in their pool .

Friday link roundup 7/6

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits.

Several suspected rhino poachers were killed and eaten by lions on a South African game reserve.

Bleak stories of family separation.

Halsey’s powerful spoken word poem about sexual abuse from the Women’s March in New York City earlier this year. Both the video and the written out poem are there if you prefer to read rather than watch (or vice versa).

Seattle just passed a ban on disposable plastic straws, and other cities are considering similar restrictions. From Upworthy: On accessibility, disability, and  the downside to banning straws.

New York and Virginia just passed laws that mandate including mental health education as part of health class curriculum in schools.

Summer reads: 10 books Amazon editors recommend this July.

Friday link roundup 6/29

This week, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary for New York City’s 14th congressional district. This article describes the powerful design choices of her campaign. Here is her campaign video — I definitely found it inspiring.

5 ways to help someone in a mental health emergency without calling the police.

Every body is a beach body. Tips on how to rock your body no matter what its size and shape this summer.

How to talk about immigration and family separation effectively.

An interview with author Elizabeth Gilbert on choosing curiosity instead of fear.

How silence is vital to our brains.

An exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C., features artwork by young people about racism, sexism, and diversity. This interview/article from NPR features several of the artists.

Friday link roundup 6/15

How to help immigrant children separated from parents at U.S. border: a list of links and places to donate.

A new study points to sensory processing challenges being genetic.

A great article from The Atlantic about how standards for masculinity may limit how boys develop socially and emotionally.

A few ideas on how to make moving less stressful. (We’re currently in the midst of moving about a mile from where we live now. Still, so many details).