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

Discovery: Swifts Remain Airborn for Up to 10 Months at a Time (Nature is just….fascinating.)

“Staying in the air keeps you away from many predators, but how do they sleep? Frigate birds have been shown to nap mid-flight, and other species of birds sleep with one hemisphere of their brain at a time, but no such behavior has yet been observed in swifts. The Lund researchers’ data suggests swifts may put themselves into a long, slow glide for a snooze. Swifts climb well over a mile into the air twice a day, at dusk and dawn, and the ensuing trip down could be perfect for a nap.”

New Bedford Guide: Mom’s Dead. Not Sure if Anyone Told You

“There are little girls who are too tired for 5th grade because they have to wake up in the middle of the night and make bottles for their screaming, newborn brother. They can’t do their homework because they have to push a stool up to the stove to try and make some kind of dinner for their younger siblings. They sleep restlessly on the floor with urine-soaked blankets, scratching at their head lice. There are mushrooms growing in the cracks of the tiles on the bathroom floor. Am I making you uncomfortable? Good. It has never been comfortable for them and it will never be comfortable for me, so you can feel it for a few minutes. Those little kids turn into adults and it doesn’t just go away.”

NPR: Can Buddhist Practices Help Us Overcome The Biological Pull Of Dissatisfaction? (The whole posdcast is worth listening to)

Kindred Grace: Building a Home Your Kids Want to Come Home To