Worth reading — 7/23/14

A random collections of blog posts, articles and other things I think are worth sharing.

Salon: Engagement rings are barbaric (Pretty interesting point of view. I’d never thought much about it, but she’s kinda right — and I, too, find myself marveling at the consumerism and unhappiness that marketing has given rise to. In the 50s, advertising told you how to solve problems. By the 60s & 70s they started making up problems and convincing you that you needed their product to solve the problem they made up.)

Buzzfeed: The Sad, Strange, True Story Of Sandy Allen, The Tallest Woman In The World

Pile of Babies: Football versus Futbol (True confession: Didn’t watch one soccer game, but now that I see that hot men frequently take their shirts off…well, I just may be interested).

BNR: Your messed up Christian tradition is fetishizing little girls (I’ve always found the entire concept of a purity ball or purity ring or anything else just freaking creepy, creepy, creepy, but I’ve never thought of the message it really sends until now — you’re daddy’s until I give you to another man — that’s kinda messed up. My girls are being taught to be self-sufficient and that they don’t “belong” to anyone…ever).

Salon: My breakup with Facebook (I soooo want to do this and, I’ve tried…but I always go crawling back. I wonder if I should start small…like go without it for a day, then a weekend, then a week. The irony? I got to this article through my Facebook feed. If I quit FB…where would I get all the “Worth Reading” content I post for you guys to read each week? )

Worth watching

Good News Network: Doctor delivers babies with special tradition

Just Writing over at Runner’s Notes today

I’ve been so preoccupied with other things that I’ve skipped “Just Write” for several weeks on both of my blogs, but I did manage to get one written on my Runners’ Notes blog that you may want to check out: Scars.

I have about four things I could “Just Write” about here on Touch of Cass…if only I could find a little time (where I’m not completely brain dead) to do it!


Three things — 7/17/14

Things I’m loving this week


1. “The Pact” by Jodi Picoult. This is an older novel, but I bought it recently when it was among the Kindle Daily Deals and I ripped through it pretty quick. It’s a little saccharine sweet, but then it’s about teenage suicide, so that tempers all the picture-perfect parenting & marriage scenarios Picoult presents. All in all, I liked it. Good beach read (even if it is a heavy topic).


2. My new camera.  I’ve been coveting a friend’s Cannon SX50 for at least a year now. It’s much smaller than my DSLR and the zoom is ah-maze-ing. Finally broke down & ordered it, and it was totally worth Dan working all that overtime to pay for it. Right, honey?

And, yes, that’s a garter snake. He lives in our red raspberry bushes. I don’t mind him. I like reptiles & creepy crawlies, but I am glad I know he’s there because I don’t like to be surprised by them. What should I name him? I’m thinking Prince, in honor of Raspberry Beret.

dan on rope swing

3. My back-flipping husband. This is Dan doing a backflip into Findley Lake from the rope swing. This is after he spent the day teaching the kids to do backflips in our pool. I love that he’s still willing to do stupid stuff like backflips and that he still thinks he’s, like, 22. Though I should probably remind him that he’s our bread-n-butter and if he gets hurt I won’t be able to buy new cameras and run off to Baltimore and live the lifestyle of the not-so-rich that I’m accustomed to.


4. Clouds.  Mother Nature has been putting on quite a show lately.

Things I’m not loving this week

1. Heat. It was in the 90s when we were in Baltimore last week and I realized how much I’ve come to dislike oppressive heat. I would never move south for that very reason (though, I’d gladly be a “snowbird” and move there for three months when I retire). While the heat is nice for a few months in the summer, I much prefer temps that allow you to be outside without feeling like you just stepped into an oven.

2. The refugee crisis. This is sad on so many levels. Like my friend, Lisa G. put it: “Children should not have to live in a state of fear. Open your arms, America.”  Open our arms, indeed. Yes, I’m willing to pay for it.

Worth Reading — 7/16/14

A random collections of blog posts, articles and other things I think are worth sharing.

Salon: I always thought I’d be fat (Ditto)

Huffington Post: 5 reasons modern day parenting is in crisis (Interesting)

Dooce: Totes Amazeballs

Marc and Angel Hack Life: 20 habits happy people have but never talk about

The Mirror Post: 40 Amazing Facts About the Human Body

Redditors answer Dad’s heartbreaking request (and restore your faith in the inherent goodness of people)



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