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

Jon Pavlovitz: The Miserable People

“These are the wildest of ironies: Their President is in the White House, their politicians commandeer the House and Senate, the Supreme Court is tilted In their favor—and yet they still manage to feel themselves oppressed, still picture the world unfair, still rage against a machine they’ve made and are part of. So many of them claim faith in Jesus, and yet live in almost polar opposition to his example.”

Oprah.com: Dear Every Woman I Know, Including Me

“Walk around pretending to be a woman who likes her body. Pretend you think your thighs are not disgusting appurtenances but normal, flesh-covered limbs that help you get from place to place. Likewise your not-so-taut arms and not-so-flat tummy. Because every step toward self-love you take, and every inch of confidence you give someone’s daughter, makes the world a better place. “

NY Times: Happy Children Do Chores

“….unfortunately, getting children to do chores is an incredibly simple two-step process: insist, and persist, until the chore is done.

Accept no excuses. Don’t worry if you must repeat yourself again and again. If you’re spending more time getting the child to do this job than it would take to do it yourself, then you’re doing it right. Getting children to do chores without nagging — that’s an entirely separate endeavor. Right now the goal is the chore.”

The Washington Post: Arming Teachers with Federal Money? Are they Even Thinking? (I have a lot of teacher friends and most of them, especially the city teachers, use their own money to buy supplies because they have to because there’s not enough money or supplies to go around…but Betsy is telling us there’s money for firearms. I’m starting to hate this f&*#ing country.)

NY Times: The Coming Green Wave

“They scoffed at the absurdity of propping up coal when there are more yoga instructors in the United States than people who work to produce a filthy fuel source. They were appalled that the increasingly strange interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, blamed everything but climate change for a summer of epic wildfires. And they promised to be heard this fall.”