Friday, August 23, 2013

Thought-Provoking Links

Instead of doing my usual Quick Takes, this Friday I'm sharing some links I've been saving up for a rainy day.  If any particular article/post provokes your interest, I'd love if you'd add some fodder for discussion in the comments!  I wish I could have all of you in my living room for some coffee//wine/margaritas and some lively conversation.

I read this article just last night and my heart is still aching.  Delbert Belton, an 89 year old WWII veteran who had been wounded during the war, was beaten to death by two teenagers.  Instead of being honored by the youth for his sacrifices for our country, he was killed.  What's more, have you seen this story in the news?  I haven't.  I saw it on Twitter.  I don't think I'll ever forget the name of Delbert Belton. 

What do you call a traffic situation in which several roads meet in a circle and you have to get off at a certain point?  Did you know Americans have THREE different names for this depending on region?  Fascinating.  22 Maps That Show The Deepest Linguistic Conflicts in America.

I've been told that my education was a waste since my "career goal" has always been stay-at-home mom.  A smart response from an Ivy League grad.

Why do women get so worked up about due dates?  The Due Date Debacle.

I've never liked the phrase "guard your heart" but couldn't put words as to why.  Christina did for me.  Stop Guarding Your Heart and Start Paying Attention to Reality.

My husband is not my soul mate.  I don't believe in soul mates.  There are probably a hundred+ men in this world I could have married and had a holy, fulfilling marriage (to varying degrees).  That doesn't mean I don't love my husband with all my heart, just that he was the choice I made in the life route and circumstances I took.  I feel somewhat alone in this disbelief of soul mates, so I appreciated this post

Along the same vein: Why We Shouldn't Be Interested in Raising Safe Christian Kids and How I Let My Boys Play: Physical Play is Not Wrong.

This connection between domestic violence and "parenting" is thought-provoking: Domestic Violence - Being the Voice for Voiceless Victims.

Only 6 weeks for maternity leave?  You've got to be kidding.  Why Are America's Postpartum Practices So Rough on New Mothers?

Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job".

If you say your goal is to help women, you probably shouldn't be helping sex traffickers.  8 Outrageous Things Planned Parenthood was Caught Doing. 

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  1. The Delbert Benton thing was all over our news today, including in the ticker. I think they caught one of the jerks.

    I also agree with you about soul mates. I remember another friend of ours who basically said, "Yeah, it's basically a spin of the wheel and correct timing, isn't it?" After he said that, I realized if things played out differently, I might have married HIM. (He was married, too, btw.) I think after you get past big values, the rest is just little details.

    I absolutely adored all those linguistic maps(although it's missing jimmies vs. sprinkles), but I kept asking my husband to pronounce things. He's threatening to throw my computer out the window, so I just stopped. But I think we've been confusing our kid with various pronunciations of pajamas.

    Okay, whew. I'll read all the other stuff later!

  2. Glad to know I'm not alone in the soul mates thing!

    I made David say everything on those maps too and strangely enough, he said everything like those in the Northeast. He grew up in Colorado! I said everything like Californians, which is just about right since I lived there until I was nine!


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