Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Curious (Links)

Here's what I've been reading that made me smile (The Good), cry (The Bad), and think (The Curious).

The Good

This kid just really loved a VW camper

In honor of my roller derby ambitions, a friend sent me this video, and it is awesome:

Jungle - The Heat from Jungle on Vimeo.

Reading literature makes you a better person. I knew that already, but it's nice to see some evidence

Here are some cats on glass tables. 

Did you know there's an entire website dedicated to Alex Trebek being snarky? Of course there is. 

Tori at Anytime Yoga has a beautiful letter to her student going through a breakup.

The Bad

The "next" Steubenville (although the incident actually happened earlier, it's just now coming to light) is unraveling in Maryville, Missouri.

When you can't win by the rules, change them! (That's what Congress does.) (As a bonus, Femamom does a great job of explaining why this shutdown is a feminist issue. Get mad!)

For this GOP strategist, being the type of man who would speak to a woman who strips for a living like she's a human being is a bad thing. I can't even with this story.

Oh, Fox News.

The Curious

Some people in rural Colorado want to secede from their state because they don't like the "liberals" robbing their grandchildren of their "heritage."

Read Bicultural Mom's account of growing up poor and on food stamps.

Just because feminist outlets might not like Chris Brown does not mean they get to downplay what was clearly a rape in his childhood.

This guest post by Kristen Craig Lai from PhD in Parenting really hit me close to home. As a child who was raised by a mother who battles clinical depression, it was really powerful to read about the other side of this coin:
This is what parenting with mental illness is all about. You have to do the constant work of managing your illness while also figuring out how to minimize the impact of your illness on your kid(s). And when you’re really on a role you might even find a way to turn it into an asset. I’ve been trying to heal myself for twenty-four years. The very fact that I’m still here and still fighting is a testament to the work I’ve put in. That kind of self-healing and advocacy doesn’t come without some serious self-awareness. The things I have learned on this journey are some of the most important lessons I could bring to parenting.
As an unabashed pop culture junkie (it shows, doesn't it?), I was interested to read Hobo Mama's take on raising children who love TV.

That's what I've been reading, what about you? (And feel free to promote your own work if you've been writing things, too.)

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