Myths, Amnesia, and Tiny Mistakes

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The Myth of Co-Parenting
Motherwell | Hope Edelman

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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.

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A Case of Reverse Amnesia
The Washington Post | James Hohmann

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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

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

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

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

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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.

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In Case You Missed It
@HerCurator this week

Her Curator (@hercurator) | Twitter

  1. This high-tech farm can grow perfect veggies literally anywhere in the world https://t.co/D9blS7SMAR 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? https://t.co/w6A68sgy3I 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.

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Music Find

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

Defending Democracy, Dissent, and A Little Music

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Post-Fascist Europe Tells Us Exactly How to Defend Our Democracy
Timothy Snyder | YES! Magazine

Watching the inauguration I felt the same wave of dread I felt when Trump was announced the winner last year.  I haven’t always liked who was elected but this feels different.  I do feel worried and I can’t tell if I’m being paranoid or if this too shall pass.  Right now it feels like it can’t pass quickly enough.  In the meantime, I’m rather not be complacent and this list from Timothy Snyder is worth a read.

A few things stood out for me:

  1. Always have a passport at the ready.  I’ve always stood by this.  But I realized today, my two-year-old daughter still needs one.  Now may be the time…
  2. Subscribe to print media.  This week I signed up for three separate news outlets that are behind a subscription firewall.  I wanted to keep telling myself that news should be free, but real journalism needs funding and so I am doing my small part.  I hope you consider doing so too.
  3. For consideration…one of the comments at the end of the article reads: “I would suggest that all the people saying “wait and see, maybe he will not be so bad” are practicing anticipatory obedience. Those people must be refuted at every opportunity.”  What do you think?

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Donald Trump Takes the Fourth
Dave Pell | NextDraft | Medium

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Yes! Please yes!

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True Leaders Believe Dissent Is an Obligation
Bill Taylor | Harvard Business Review

I’m usually the one in the office raising my hand and asking “why” when the rest of the room is silent.  I don’t know if dissent is an obligation, but I’ve always felt questioning is –either because you don’t understand or because you think others don’t (or maybe just haven’t thought through everything)….

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Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening

Emma Young | Mosaic

“The main principle was that drug education doesn’t work because nobody pays attention to it.  What is needed, are the life skills to act on that information.” – Harvey Milkman, American psychology professor who teaches at Reykjavik University.

I found this story about how Iceland has improved teen behavior fascinating.  It would be great to see a bigger country (*cough* USA) actually invest and fund this type of program.

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You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question
Mark Manson | Quartz

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Mark Manson makes the case for asking what are you willing to struggle for to find out what you really want in your life.

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Music Find

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