Every week, I curate a list of the best links and articles to make you think and keep you informed. Enjoy!
Boy, has this been a week. I'm exhausted! Most of the University scholarships are due March 1 and I've been writing rec letters nonstop. Hence, I didn't get to post last week.
A friend gave me this really awesome dry erase board and I have my to-do list on it to help keep me focused. My roommate just saw it and was like, "What's this?" When I told him it was my to-do list, he freaked out.
One thing that helps me when I'm crazy busy with things at school and work is to sit down and read or write. That's why I love sharing my links with you. Enjoy!
What I Wrote This Week:
What I Read This Week:
- Pope Francis: "Take Good Care of Creation" (Catholic Climate Covenant): I love the pope and I love the Earth, so I love this film.
- Social Justice Is a Christian Tradition — Not a Liberal Agenda (Sojourners): This is a great reflection on why Social Justice is important in the Church.
But I Tell You Whoever Googles Hatred (Exploring Our Matrix): This is a great little piece by my friend, James McGrath from Butler.
Pope tells indigenous Mexicans the world needs their culture and values: Full text (Vatican News): This week there have been a lot of articles flying around about the Pope, but this message seems to have been missed.
5 Reasons Why I Am Not Pro-Life. Yet. (The Odyssey Online): This is a great article that outlines what it really means to be pro-life.
History Will Judge Today's Christians According to These 4 Questions (Sojourners): How are you measuring up?
- In Defense of the Noodler's Konrad Acrylic Flex Nib Fountain Pen (Goldspot Pens): As a person who has been burned by Noodler's Konrad before, I read this warily. I may give it a try, but I also might continue to not buy Noodler's pens.
Why The Lamy 2000 Is My EDC Pen (Pen and Ink)
Staying Analog in a Digital World (Alt Heaven): A great reminder of how analog tools can be used even in the world of tablets and smartphones.
What Makes The Stationery Community Great (The Pen Addict): This reflection from a relative newbie to the pen community helps explain why the community is so darn awesome.
Paperbacks (Books and Writing):
- 8 Classic Audiobooks Read by Famous People (Book Riot): I certainly wouldn't say no to listening to Alan Rickman's voice. (I miss him.)
- 5 Books that Made me Want to Become a Librarian (Book Riot): Have you read any of these? What do you think? Do these make you want to be a librarian?
- How to Live Cheaply and Finish your Novel (Lit Hub): Great advice for us writers.
- Book Fetish: Volume 195 (Book Riot): I. NEED. THOSE. EARRINGS.
Life in General:
- The Man Who Studies the Spread of Ignorance (BBC): This article from the BBC explores the work of Doctor Robert Proctor, an expert in the study of Agnotology (the study of "wilful acts to spread confusion and deceit"). Proctor explains: “We live in a world of radical ignorance, and the marvel is that any kind of truth cuts through the noise." After all of my work teaching college comp, not to mention the conversations I witness on facebook, I have to agree. People want to be ignorant--and that is terrfying. The author writes: "In the case of ignorance about tobacco and climate change, a scientifically illiterate society will probably be more susceptible to the tactics used by those wishing to confuse and cloud the truth." And that is where we are.
- Loneliness grows from individual ache to public health hazard (The Washington Post): As someone who suffers from loneliness, I think it is interesting to learn that it is becoming a health hazard similar to that of diabetes. The author speaks with a doctor, who says, "There are really tangible, terrible outcomes. Lonely people are dying, they’re less healthy, and they are costing our society more.” And the author later reminds us, "The pain of loneliness is like the pain of hunger — it’s a biological signal that something is wrong."
- ‘Master of the River’: A 71-year-old librarian’s 15 years of water commutes (The Washington Post): This 71 year-old is my new hero. Check out this really great story about a librarian who thought outside of the box when trying to avoid the traffic in DC.
- White woman walks ahead: Jessica Chastain starring in a film about Sitting Bull is everything that’s wrong with prestige films (Salon): Something important to be aware of.
How the Coal Industry Flattened the Mountains of Appalachia (The New York Times): There are few things that I hate more than I hate this.
- The People At My School Are Not Nice (Odyssey Online): This essay written about my alma mater by the younger sister of one of my classmates is a great reflection on what makes the University of Dallas so great.
- JRR Tolkien called teaching 'exhausting and depressing' in unseen letter (The Guardian): I find this article very comforting. In it, the author quotes Tolkien: "All teaching is exhausting, and depressing and one is seldom comforted by knowing when one has had some effect. I wish I could now tell some of mine (of long ago) how I remember them and things they said, though I was (only, as it appeared) looking out of the window or giggling at my neighbour."
Meet the Robin Hood of Science (Big Think): As an academic, I know all too well the problems with how information is (and isn't) shared. This is a great article about someone doing something about it.
A warning to college profs from a high school teacher (The Washington Post): As someone who teaches at the college level while most of my friends teach at the high school level, I get some insight into both worlds. This article hits the nail on the head.
Why It’s Harder for Women to Pay Off Student Loans (Time): This is a huge problem!
Students Aren't Coddled. They're Defeated. (Inside Higher Ed): I could have written this article myself. Most of my students aren't "special snowflakes," they're tired, hard working kids who know that their futures are as bleak as mine because of the severe damage the generations before us have done. The author of the post writes, "When I ask them if they think they’re going to have to know how to write in their jobs and careers, most answer in the affirmative. But here’s the most important thing: they do not believe that their college composition course has any relationship to that need."
Save Our Public Universities: In defense of America’s best idea (Harper's Magazine): This is a great article and I think it has a lot of importance given the current state of American education.
Simplicity and Minimalism:
How Laura Ingalls Wilder Helped me Retink my Priorities in a Materialistic Culture: This much-loved author can help us learn to love the ‘sweet simple things in life.’ (Verily): This article a great reflection over how things have changed since Wilder wrote her books and how texts like hers can reground us in what matters. The author remembers a revelation she had in high school: "I don’t want possessions for their value. I want them for the value I believe they give me."
8 Reasons Successful People Are Choosing to Wear the Same Thing Every Day (Becoming Minimalist): I have a uniform, more or less. It helps every morning.
Why I Stopped Using a Dishwasher (Becoming Minimalist): We don't use a dishwasher because we don't have one, but I can relate to this article. I find dishes sort of soothing and it's nice to have a break from the screen.
Farming, Food, Health, and Nutrition:
- Poet Wendell Berry bequeaths farming legacy to small Catholic college (Religion News): Two of my favorite things, Wendell Berry and small Catholic colleges, are coming together. Sounds good to me!
- Saving the Seeds: A Matter of Justice (SPSMW Blog): This blog post, written by a good friend of mine, is a great reminder of why we need to be aware of what is going on in the world.
Quitting Season: Why Farmers Walk Away From Their Farms (Civil Eats): This story is heartbreaking, but I know it all too well. People have no idea what their food actually costs because they are used to fixed low prices from big corporations.
I am not the primary parent. And that’s okay. (Indianapolis Moms Blog): A great read.
Adele wonderfully let her son dress as a Disney princess because she's a great mom (Buzz Feed): This article was especially meaningful to me because a couple of my friends have been hounded (like, literally had CPS called on them) because they let their son wear purple colored glasses that he had picked out. Thanks, Adele, for making things more acceptable.