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

Calgary Sun: Student Responds to Bullying with Positive Post-Its and School Punishes Her (I love that she responded this way. I hate that the school was so stupid they didn’t know they should praise her instead of punish her. What if we all responded to hate with love? What a different world we’d live in.)

Eat Local Grown: 9 Ways Eating Processed Foods Made the World Sick & Fat  (Bottom line: Eat real food)

“Your body is designed to naturally regulate how much you eat and the energy you burn. But food manufacturers have figured out how to over-ride these intrinsic regulators, designing processed foods that are engineered to by “hyper-rewarding.”

According to the “food reward hypothesis of obesity,” processed foods stimulate such a strong reward response in our brains that it becomes very easy to overeat. One of the guiding principles for the processed food industry is known as “sensory-specific satiety.”

Scary Mommy: 10 Truths about Teenage Daughters (“That coveted item of clothing she just had to have? Fifty bucks says you’ll find it on the floor of the closet or, my personal favorite, under the bed. With the tags still attached.” YEP!)

BTW — this is great, too: The Scary Mommy Manifesto

Erie Times-News: Erie Program Heals with Horses (I love everything about this story…even the writer. She’s a former colleague of mine, though she’s definitely in a league above me.)