658th Friday Blog Roundup

Aug. 18th, 2017 11:20 am
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ChickieNob started a blog a few months ago, giving commentary on royal family news. Any time I see something interesting about a royal family, I pass it her way.  (And she usually rolls her eyes and says, “I already knew that.”)  One morning this week, I saw a picture of Denmark’s Prince Vincent, clearly upset […]

The Spot Between Yes and No

Aug. 16th, 2017 11:33 am
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Some people are excellent with boundaries.  They take on only what they know they can do without making themselves miserable.  They don’t feel guilt when they can’t volunteer.  They say “yes” when they can, but they have no compunction about saying “no.” I am not one of those people. I am terrible at setting and […]

Are You Stressed?

Aug. 15th, 2017 11:09 am
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The New York Times loves to write articles about stress, and we keep reinforcing their production of articles about stress by reading and responding to their articles about stress.  It’s a nasty cycle. But I did love this fact from one of their recent “how to manage stress” articles: The researchers looked at death rates […]

#MicroblogMondays 155: Tinder for Friends

Aug. 14th, 2017 09:39 am
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Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* There is a new site, another Tinder for Friends, in the app store.  Patook works exactly like Tinder, except it’s to find friendships and not relationships.  Unlike Peanut, which I wrote about a few months […]

Telling Kids They Can Do Anything

Aug. 13th, 2017 11:07 am
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Invisibilia had a disturbing episode this season that I’m still thinking about.  It talked about the benefits and dangers of considering a “future” self.  You can listen here: The benefit story was, of course, inspiring.  Boy with nothing sets his sights on becoming a deejay and eventually reaches Canada and becomes a deejay.  That deejay […]

No Roundup

Aug. 11th, 2017 11:22 am
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No Roundup this week.  I always feel odd when I don’t write the Roundup.  It has happened a handful of times, but as someone who feels a little robotic about consistency and schedule, it makes me feel out of sorts. But I needed a one week break.  This week, we were driving and I commented […]

When Will You Have a Baby?

Aug. 9th, 2017 11:18 am
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Lifehacker recently had an article on how to answer the “when will you have a baby?” question when you’re infertile.  It’s an interesting read, and I’ll give you a second to go through their advice if you’ll come back to discuss.  Are you back?  Good. Part of the problem is that this article assumes the […]

Backwards Myers-Briggs

Aug. 8th, 2017 11:28 am
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I am positive that I once took a Myers-Briggs Personality Test because I remember talking to my parents about the results, but I have zero clue right now which personality type I fit and only a modicum of interest in re-answering all the questions in order to get the result. But I was thinking about […]

#MicroblogMondays 154: Look at Linus

Aug. 7th, 2017 09:39 am
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Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. ******* Carolyn Hax recently took a vacation and turned over her column to readers giving each other advice.  One of the ones that cracked me up came from someone annoyed at having to look at her […]

Visiting Brakebills

Aug. 6th, 2017 11:34 am
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There have been few books that have meant as much to me as the Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman.  A bunch of people have told me that they couldn’t stand the characters and stopped reading after the first book because they found them annoying.  But I loved every last character, every plot twist and turn […]