Posts Tagged ‘articles’

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.


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).

Friday link roundup 6/8

In light of recent celebrity suicides and for the sake of general advocacy and awareness, graphic designer/artist Emily McDowell’s recent Instagram post (below) is worth reading. I know I’ve mentioned her before, and her work and her page is worth checking out in general.

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I’m seeing a lot of well-intentioned but misinformed comments about Kate Spade’s (heartbreaking) death. Things like, “if only she’d known how many women she’d inspired and how beloved she was.” Or “it really goes to show that success doesn’t buy happiness.” Here’s why this thinking is misguided:🌱 Even though science has proven it a million times over, our culture doesn’t yet fully recognize that MENTAL ILLNESS IS A BRAIN DISEASE, just like hepatitis is a liver disease. Depression (and bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and everything else) affects our brain— the organ we use to make decisions. If you’re suffering from suicidal depression, it doesn’t matter how beloved you are or how much you love your family or how much money you have, because your brain is telling you that despite all those things, suicide is your only option. (Or that you need to isolate yourself, sleep all day, or other behavior that a healthy brain would recognize as bad decisions.) This is one reason mental illness is so deadly: the part of our body that’s affected is the same part that’s responsible for our behavior. It’s like if you broke your leg and then had to use that leg to walk to the hospital. 🌱 The other reason mental illness is so deadly: shame and stigma around seeking help. Reports are saying Kate resisted inpatient treatment because she worried about the effect it would have on her “happy” brand image. Depression is an ILLNESS. It’s not weakness. It’s not your fault. And it’s impossible to think or reason your way out of it without help, due the part of your body that’s ill. 🌱 If you are suffering, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. The National Suicide Hotline number is 800-273-8255. Call them. They are great. I know, because I’ve called. #noshame Or text TALK to 741-741 if you prefer texting. The world is a better place with you in it. #mentalhealth #mentalillness #endthestigma #depression #suicideprevention #emilyonlife

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I also appreciate today’s post:

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Heartbroken over Anthony Bourdain news. Heartbroken for his family and friends. Heartbroken for all the people struggling with their own disease in the wake of two very high-profile suicides in the past week. Check in on your people. Take care of each other. If you’re feeling like hurting yourself, please, please reach out to someone. You have other options. In the US, text TALK to 741-741 or call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255. I’ve done it. It’s okay. #noshame // My last post, about depression/mental illness, is resonating with a lot of you guys, ICYMI. It’s become our most-liked/shared post in history, which makes me very proud, because it’s so, so, so infinitely more important than a Valentine card. ❤️❤️❤️ #suicideprevention #mentalhealth #endthestigma

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On survivors: those who have lost loved ones to suicide and/or attempted suicide themselves, and how these news stories bring things up.

In one kindergarten classroom in Massachusetts, the teacher uses the tune of a nursery rhyme to teach about what to do in case of a lockdown.

How social media can help or hinder mental health and body image.

According to a study, honey bees may understand the concept of zero .

Just because: a website that regularly posts pictures of cute cats and kittens.

Friday link roundup 6/1

I miss doing these link roundups on a regular basis. Of course, life is busier and things are happening, but I still miss it. Since I’m soon to be moving (perhaps more details in another post), I can’t promise any sort of regularity in the near future, but here are the links I gathered for today.

A fascinating article on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), its history, and how it is not effective for many people.

On disproving the “30 million word gap” theory. The theory is based on one study from the 1980s that found that kids growing up in poverty hear 30 million fewer words by age 3. However, no one has been able to replicate the study’s result since then.

Today was National Donut (or Doughnut) Day, which has the added perk of getting free donuts at a variety of places. However, there’s more to the history of this unofficial holiday.

According to this article from Media Matters, cable news networks covered Roseanne for over 10 hours (combined) on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. They covered Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico for just over 30 minutes.