Salon: My Child is Not in Heaven: Your Religion Only Makes My Grief Harder (I’ve never understood the “he/she is a better place” comment at funerals. How is that comforting to the person grieving the loss of their loved one on earth?  I’ve always found it to be really insensitive. I thought it was just me, but…maybe not.)

“The thing is, though, if you tell someone of faith that you don’t believe your child is in heaven, you’re met with confusion, or sad looks, or sometimes even a bit of anger.  Quite often, they take it as a personal attack on their belief when it’s really more about being honest about your own grief. It’s funny how inconvenient my lack of faith as a bereaved mother can be for those on the outside.”

My Healthy Life Stories: Aldi Bans All Pesticides, Goes Organic, Rivals Whole Foods As Healthiest Grocery Store in the U.S. (Don’t be snobby and frightened off by the carts-for-a-quarter-depoit and pack-your-own-bag philosophies at Aldi. That store is the sh$%! And, they have — hands down — the freshest produce (at the best price) on the east side of town.)

Zen Habits: Opt Out: A Simplicity Manifesto

Quartz: Why Are Our Kids So Miserable (I object to the correlation that an increase in people who get therapy equates to more misery. Maybe America is just starting to understand that mental health is as important as physical health & more people are getting help, but… down & the article has some interesting food for thought.)

“…kids aren’t learning critical life-coping skills because they never get to play anymore.

 “Children today are less free than they have ever been,” he told Quartz. And that lack of freedom has exacted a dramatic toll, he says.

“My hypothesis is that the generational increases in externality, extrinsic goals, anxiety, and depression are all caused largely by the decline, over that same period, in opportunities for free play and the increased time and weight given to schooling,” he wrote.