Sep 182012

I’m not usually big on link roundups, but lately I’ve read some particularly interesting articles. These are all worth a read:

  • Courtesy of the principal at Vera’s school, how — and why — to teach your children that smarts are something developed rather than inborn. How Not to Talk to Your Kids at New York Magazine
  • The “white supremacy” theory is (to me) a reach, but this makes interesting points about Breaking Bad‘s meth-making storyline: The White Market at The New Inquiry
  • Speaking of TV shows, home decor photos so rarely show the owners’ giant flat-screen televisions. Here’s an article about how to work your decor around the TV. (Actually, the TV doesn’t bother my much in our house. But whither the cable box, DVD player, and stereo in all these photos? What do I do with their ugliness?): 9 Ways to Design Around a TV at Centsational Girl
  • Most “best of beauty” awards are more about sponsorship than science. Here are some recommended products from the Good Housekeeping testing process.
  • When I was young I didn’t care much about beauty, body image, and the like. Turns out I was so easily able to “get beyond” those issues specifically because I was young and slim and reasonably pretty. Now that I’m old, sick, and heavier, I don’t have any of the skills for dealing with appearance uncertainty. I recently discovered Eat the Damn Cake and am in love with this smart blogger’s discussions of body image. Suspect most women know the feeling that life would fall into place if they could just drop the last 10 pounds or find that perfect hairstyle: Stop Waiting to be Prettier. And I could stand to go back and re-read this one frequently: The Extreme Importance of Letting Yourself be Occasionally Ugly.
  • (But I suspect the most-thought provoking thing on that  blog was actually a comment left by an older woman who gives some historical perspective. Comment 4 on this piece was an eye-opener to me. How have women allowed this overwhelming focus on appearance to distract us from so many more important issues?)
  • And finally, speaking of important issues, last week was Diaper Need Awareness Week. Many poor families don’t have enough money for diapers, and diapers aren’t covered by aid programs like food stamps. Families risk diaper rash and other health problems when they leave a baby in wet diapers to stretch their supply. Thankfully, diaper banks across the country have stepped in to provide free diapers to families in need. Here’s a list of diaper banks across the US. (Here in the DC area, they’re doing great things at the DC Diaper Bank.) Please consider picking up some extra diapers or Pull-Ups next time you’re at the drug store and dropping them at the nearest collection spot.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read online recently? Know any good regular round-ups?

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