Later this week, I'll be traveling to Charleston for my best friend's baby shower (twin boys!!) and consequently have a stack of magazines waiting to be unfurled and books lined up on my Kindle ready to be devoured. Reading and writing on planes, trains and automobiles is my very favorite -- but before then, here are some worthy things to check out this week:
In all seriousness, I'd really like this bracelet for Christmas, please.
Obsessed with all things #BigMagic via Liz Gilbert, especially a conversation between her and Brene Brown on how creativity, when ignored, actually brings us a lot of strife and stress. I'm longing to buy both Gilbert's and Brown's new books, Big Magic (Gilbert) and Rising Strong (Brown) but trying to put myself on a book spending freeze until I've caught up on what I've already purchased thus far.
Whether you love or hate Gwyneth Paltrow, this FastCo profile is absolutely fascinating and focuses on both GP the personality and Goop the brand.
For the next election, I'm noticing and taking into account what those running have to say about these 3 things: student loan debt, women's healthcare, and the pay gap. This interview with Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards shows that she cares deeply about 2 of the 3, and even though I live over in Iowa and won't be voting for her, it does matter what politicians are saying and doing across our nation when it comes to these topics.
If you're into Lorde and the like, Grace Mitchell is a newer artist whose tunes are worth checking out.
Mary Beard is a classics professor from the UK and my new personal hero; she takes it upon herself to respond to her online detractors no matter how horrible the insult. Read this entire New Yorker profile and seriously, start reading her blog for dry humor mixed with academic insight. I learn something and I laugh every time.
I think it's safe to say that email newsletters are the new podcasts (or maybe they're tied for first place right now). Even though I had no desire to add one more item to my daily reading list, I listened to Kara Swisher's Re/code podcast interview with Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, and it convinced me to check out Lenny Letter -- Dunham's new pet project that claims "dismantle the patriarchy." Ok, well, I don't know about that, but after two rounds of it arriving in my inbox, I'm hooked. The biggest takeaways: diversity of subject and high-quality writing, like this interview with Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association.
Finally, I'm not a teacher, and while I know about the new Common Core Standards, I don't really know the specifics of its direct affects on children. This article provides context for an example of how U.S. kindergartners and first graders have been affected by the changes in terms of increased curriculum and contrasts it with how kiddos at those same ages over in Finland benefit from a totally different structure based on play.