A collection of what’s winged its way across my path and got me thinking, grinning and gearing up.
In Conversation: Chris Rock by Frank Rich: I’m still reeling over Ferguson, trying to sort through the ramifications of it for this country and myself. Reading Chris Rock’s smart, sometimes funny, very real thoughts on race, comedy, social media and politics helped.
The Velveteen Mother by Allison Slater Tate: It’s sentimental and mushy, but completely true and beautiful. Get out the tissues.
From A Lot To A Little by Dina Relles: I adore this beautiful essay about burrowing into the small moments of motherhood and realizing how enormously gorgeous they are. I need this reminder on a daily basis.
The Teen’s Brain “Shuts Down “When It Hears Mom’s Criticism by Christian Jarrett: Jarrett, a cognitive neuroscientist turned science writer, breaks down a recent study of teenager brains in response to nagging. While the study is interesting, the fact that your teenager tunes out when you nag them seems like a no-brainer to me.
The Entirety of My Thoughts As I Eat My Son’s Mac and Cheese Dinner by Maura Quint: My favorite thought on this list? “Holy fuck, is that his name? How did I remember that? I’m the Google of my own head!”
2014 Goodreads Choice Awards: The Best Books of 2014 as chosen by Goodreads members. The people have spoken.
This is Adolescence: 16 by Marcelle Soviero: I’m not there yet, but Marcelle’s description of her 16-year-old daughter is mesmerizing and terrifying all at once. It’s part of This is Adolescence, an essay series conceived by Lindsey Mead and Allison Slater Tate, that will be published in full in Brain, Child’s Special Issue for Parents of T(w)eens in Spring 2015.
27 Powers True Stories Series: Maya Stein: Maya is a brilliant, sharp poet and Laurie is an insightful writer and mentor. Check out Laurie’s interview with Maya for a bit of revelation.
Bechdel Test Movie List: Maybe I’ve been living under a rock since 1985, but I just discovered The Bechdel Test. It’s a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. You can apply it to movies, books, essays, anything really.