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

Bert Fulks: Why You (Don’t) Suck (99% of this article applies to the stage I’m at and conversations I’ve been having with Kelly…I’m so printing this out for her).

Scary Mommy: The ‘Let Them Bleed’ Style of Parenting (Dan and I call it “Let ’em hang”…as in, let them dangle a bit and try and figure it out before you rush in to rescue…but whatever you call it, it basically means giving kids room to become resourceful, resilient, and independent.)

Huffington Post: Why Women Need Their Girlfriends

“Our girlfriends can’t save us, but girlfriends can help make a tragedy bearable. They can read our mind and our emotions, intuitively recognize what needs to be done — then do it. They can listen, empathize and show compassion. They can …comfort us and provide a timely shoulder to cry on.”

Medium: It’s Time to Start Calling Evangelicals What They Are: The American Taliban (As a lifelong Lutheran turned atheist  (that’s a story for another day, kids), I’ve come to see how deeply embedded and ingrained the Christian religion is in this country. (I mean …it’s on our MONEY…and it’s in our NATIONAL ANTHEM…you put your hand on a Bible in a court of law. )What  about those who don’t believe in your God or your religion? It’s weird…it really is)

“The Christian Right is really seeking to establish a theocracy in the United States — at least regionally, throughout the deep south. And this latest effort by the “Council for National Policy” lays further proof to that claim. This is an effort which — in spite of what many Christian leaders say — is NOT supported by the Constitution. The Constitution strictly prohibits the establishment of Religion, as part of the First Amendment, which also guarantees Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. The purpose of this “Separation of Church and State” is intended to do two things:

1. It protects religious freedom for everyone.
2. It prevents the tyranny of any one religion.

But this fact won’t stop many southern christians, who feel it is their duty — as christians — to make the United States “a godly nation” in their eyes.”