A collection of what’s winged its way across my path and got me thinking, grinning and gearing up.
Bruce Springsteen’s Reading List: 28 Favorite Books That Shaped His Mind and Music: I am a huge fan of The Boss so I loved this list of his favorite books and felt a particular thrill at seeing that we both hold dear a few titles in common like Love in the Time of Cholera and Leaves of Grass.
Why We’re Saying No to Extra-Curriculars by Lauren Knight: I’ve been the anti-extra-curricular mom for years, limiting my big girls to one or two activities at a time. This year, the 12-year-old crossed over into the world of after-school everything: soccer, voice lessons, tennis, bat mitzvah classes. This is a great reminder of the benefits of giving our kids unstructured time.
What Would You Change About Your Body? by Jubilee Project: Okay, this is going to make you cry, so get ready. It’s so wonderful to be reminded of the way our children see themselves and the world: full of possibility, beauty and magic.
A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D by Richard A. Friedman: The way this article tells it, people with A.D.H.D need more stimuli to their reward center than those without it. No wonder the typical, structured school day is a challenge for A.D.H.D kids, as is the typical desk job for an A.D.H.D adult. I say let’s seek out and, if we have to, create the environments we need to thrive.
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Brad Pitt on Funny or Die: Zach Galifianakis always makes me laugh ’til I cry and this “interview” with Brad Pitt is hilarious. Especially when Louis C.K. comes out. Oh, and the gum.
12 Things You Were Not Taught In School About Creative Thinking by Michael Michalko: So many good points here about what it means to be creative. I especially like #5 and #10.
A Working Mother’s Plea to the President by Regan Long: I’m a mostly stay-at-home-mom, but this essay by a working mom who has to hand her young babies over to others to care for because of the absolutely pitiful maternity leave in this country made me cry. Then it pissed me off. This must change people!
Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2014: I’m a sucker for a good list and I happen to have a warm, fuzzy spot in my heart for Oprah. I’m sure there are a few items on this list of 72 that I’ll fall in love with.
21 Bunny Reactions for Everyday Situations: Because bunnies.