Music, Ambition, & Authenticity, So Just Be You

The Return of Lorde
The New York Times Magazine | Jonah Weiner
28 minute #longread

I find Lorde as an artist quite interesting.   This write-up was beautifully written and reminded me again of how smart Lorde is in the way she approaches her music.  I remember reading once about Britney Spears who said that writing pop music was hard –really hard.  And while it’s easy and trendy to sometimes make fun of it, there is a real artistry to it, and those who can master it, have done something brilliant with it, they have something special.  It stayed with me because I had not really thought much of it –pop is so plentiful, anyone can do it, right?  She set me straight.  And Lorde gets that too.


Airlines Like United Can Underpay Bumped Passengers Because of a Government Rule
Harvard Business Review | Rafi Mohammede
4 minute #truth

Oh snap…


10 phrases that will make you a better leader
Medium | SmartBrief on Leadership | Dan McCarthy
4 minute #solution

The first phrase on the list?  Ask, “How can I be a better leader?” —this is one of those simple stop and BE PRESENT type of phrases and it seems so simple it’s easy to gloss over.  But when faced with a trying situation, I challenge you to use it because it’s brilliant in making you pause and reflect and I find you can usually come up with an answer pretty quickly.  The trick?  Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and ask what would they need or want from you?  This phrase is one of my favorites to use as a parent.  When your child is going wild and you’re about to lose it yourself, ask how you can be a better parent.  I know it instantly calms me…because it’s not really about me at all.  It’s always about how you can be there for them.

What to expect when you’re done expecting: visualizing the data of parenting
Medium | freeCodeCamp | Henrik Lindberg
6 minute #reminder

Another parenting one, forgive me, I’m a working mother to a toddler and sometimes it’s all consuming!  And while yes, yes, I’m always tired, I try really hard to remember that I used to say I was always tired even before I have kids.  My child sleeps through the night…it’s not about restful sleep (or at least, it’s not all about that), it’s about the go-go-go of life.  And when I fret about not having time time I desire for hobbies or personal passions, it is too easy to fall into the trap of thinking of if I wasn’t a parent I could get all of these done.  But let’s be real, I used to watch a lot of television.


Logan Square Now Cocktail Bar Capital Of Chicago, But Has It Gone Too Far?
DNAinfo | Mina Bloom
7 minute #WontYouBeMyNeighbor

I love my neighborhood here in Logan Square and the development these last few years has been crazy.  It feels like every time I walk down the street I see something new popping up and yes, they do tend to be bars.  However, as the article points out, there’s plenty of space if you come willing to do your own thing.



In case you missed it

@HerCurator Recents
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  1. “The End of the Death Row Last Meal?” by @iammollymchugh
  2. “The Basic Formula For Every Shocking Russia/Trump Revelation” by @mtracey
  3. Animated graph shows how USA has become more polarized in last 20 years @BoingBoing #politics
  4. RT: @rachel lotsa people saying ED is a health issue or viagra helps w/ heart problems. guess what? birth control helps with multiple health issues too!
  5. Read the AMA letter here: #AHCA #HealthCareReform
  6. Has all the feels: “After Beating Cancer, Boy Gets Big Surprise From FBI, Make-A-Wish” @bauerjournalism @MakeAWish
  7. Even democrats didn’t mess with precedent when it came to the Supreme Court. Isn’t the whole point to find some common ground? #disappointed
  8. An entrancing #longread: The Return of Lorde @jonahweiner @NYTmag #music



Just for fun I thought I would share a random song each week that I stumbled upon.

Myths, Amnesia, and Tiny Mistakes

The Myth of Co-Parenting
Motherwell | Hope Edelman


How can women escape being the dominant parent? Did we take or accept this role unknowingly or was it always thrust upon us and we didn’t know what else to do but do it? We do. We endure.

A Case of Reverse Amnesia
The Washington Post | James Hohmann


I was kind of wavering on this issue at first.  Yes, Sessions’ lied (or perhaps innocently omitted) information during his confirmation hearing and that alone was worth him stepping aside and saying he would recuse himself from the Russian interference investigation.  (And it’s never a good sign when I actually agree with Lindsay Graham. Sigh.) However, I did wonder if the press was getting all huffy over nothing.  But then, I read this article and begin to doubt the whole thing all over again.  WTF Trump.  And sessions. And everyone.

See related: “The 3 Trump-Russia scandals, Explained” by Vox | Zack Beauchamp

Tiny Mistakes Cause Inhalers to Deliver Half Doses
Futurity | Jade Boyde-Rice


So, sharing this as a global FYI. It’s probably a good reminder to review the instructions of any medicine you take regularly.  This article pointed out that I too have been making mistakes. It’s unsettling to know that such tiny mistakes may be critical mistakes…

Scientists Need to Stop “Othering” the General Public
ExtraNewsFeed | Jessica Pelland



The importance of building trust between scientists and non-scientists and a reminder that scientists are part of the “General Public.”

She’s 54, white, rural and a lifelong Republican. Why is she protesting Donald Trump?
The Washington Post | Terrence McCoy


Why has she come? She sat quietly toward the front of the bus, unsure, but hopeful, that this march, this trip to Washington, might provide an answer.

It’s an oldie but if you didn’t catch it the first time around, it is worth a read.  Poetic even.  It captures this sense of…disruption that I haven’t seen portrayed any other piece about the Women’s March in Washington.


In Case You Missed It
@HerCurator this week

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  1. This high-tech farm can grow perfect veggies literally anywhere in the world via  
  2. This Is How To Make Friends As An Adult: 5 Secrets Backed By Research – Barking Up The Wrong Tree via
  3. Private vs. Public Companies: Trump wasn’t a real CEO  
  4. One unexpected outcome of the Oscars best-picture blunder: Vindication for Marisa Tomei 
  5. We have a vaccine for six cancers. Why are less than half of kids getting it? via
  6. Embrace and educate instead of avoid. “Teaching Children to Play With Fire” (no really!)   
  7. RT: We reached all 26 members of the 2016 Armed Services Committee to see who met with Russian envoy Kislyak in 2016. Sessions was the only one.


Music Find

Just for fun I thought I would share a random song each week that I stumbled upon.