Ladies and gentlegeeks,
What is UP?
My body craves movement, and caffeine, so I won’t linger at my desk for much longer. I finished an article this morning (huzzah!) and now I will turn my attention to domesticity. With an impending (long-awaited!) renovation about to kick off at my place, I’m supplementing my usual household quests with a truckload of packing, cleaning, discarding. I have been amazed aplenty: by the number of socks under my washing machine, how I really do need more than one rubber scraper, and by the pressure I feel to buy new tea towels. Which I might, or might not do. I am the gatekeeper of tea towels!
Now, friends, some links:
FIRST, with a belated shout-out to a beautiful lady geek based in Auckland, here is a link to a Stuart Shanker gig in that fair city. GO, if you can. Go.
A couple of links from Australia, now. This one will tell you all about one of their home-visiting programmes, right@home. Our parliament were just briefed about this project, and as we know, home visiting is an exceptionally effective way of supporting families. Something completely different; here is an analysis of the gender imbalances in the top 100 selling children’s books in Australia. So well done, you wanna see it.
What a conundrum – but finding decent books to share with children is so very worth it, here is an abstract to support that idea!
From the New York Times, now: there will never be an age of artificial intimacy … and this is a stunner of an essay about how we are more than our brains. I was lucky enough, in the midst of my deepest days of brain science worship, to have mentors reminding me of the interconnectedness of our everything. I mean, appreciate the neuro-stuff, but also cherish the rest. Heck, you probably already do. I just had to relearn that a while back.
Hey, with an ironic wink, here are a couple of brain links. This is about the benefits of forgetting, and this asks “does living around violence change a child’s brain?” (answer: yes.)
ANYWAY … here is a lovely downloadable calendar for self care September (LOVE! Thanks, Action for Happiness) and now that you’ve girded your loins, check out this hideousness from the Washington Post about little kids and their online shopping habits. Jaysus! Can I please share another essay? This one is about how children need to move and play and step away from the screens in order to learn.
Now, where were we? A cuppa and a brisk walk both sound pretty good about now. Arohanui x x x