Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial for me that I wanted to create a place where I could share them, in case you might want to read them, too. Learn more about Things that Made My Brain Explode – and see past posts – here.
Here’s a recent batch of Things that Made my Brain Explode:
- Does empathy have a dark side?
- Want to close the pay gap? Here are 5 ways to do it faster (that aren’t about pay).
- We’re a big spreadsheet family. You name it, we track it. So I loved this article: The Next Wellness Trend Should Be Google Spreadsheets. Let’s celebrate, nerds! We’re ahead of the curve!
- Spokane Eliminates School Librarians, Continuing Trend of Disappearing School Libraries. This breaks my heart.
- My fourth graders dove into the Dewey Decimal System with the Dewey Decimal Rap last week. They have a serious love-hate relationship with this song (don’t we all?!). You’ll be singing that all day… sorry.
16 YA Authors Who Built Their Careers in Libraries. In case you didn’t get the memo, librarians are awesome.
- “Male candidates are routinely covered as both serious contenders and as multi-faceted human beings. Groundbreaking! But what if—stay with me—I told you that the women candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination also had fun hobbies and vast intellectual curiosity? And that these charismatic qualities are lurking just beyond all of the narratives about their nebulous ‘likability’?” Women Candidates Have Fun Hobbies Too, They Just Don’t Get to Talk About Them.
- “At every crossroads, lean into curiosity.” My curiosity drives almost everything I do. I think that staying curious is one of the best kept secrets to happiness: If you stay curious, the world remains fascinating, there’s always something to look forward to, and it’s so easy to find the joy. The Secrets to Designing a Curiosity-Driven Career.
- In local Charlottesville news: Curriculum crusade: Spanish as elective perturbs parents.
- “It’s really cool that everybody’s a little bit different but same, too.” ‘Sesame Street’ introduces Julia’s family, rolls out new resources for families in honor of Autism Awareness Month.
- Remember the Virginia teens sentenced to reading – instead of jail time – for their offensive graffiti two and a half years ago? Graffiti punished by reading – ‘It worked!’ says prosecutor.
- What we’re reading for National Autism Awareness Month.
- “The success in getting polarized groups together is face-to-face meetings and good food: ‘Once you’re fed, and you’re with friends, you’re a better person,’ he says. The second secret is to talk for a long time. ‘We talk about it long enough until we realize how much we don’t know,’ he explains. ‘Once you realize how much you don’t know, the honest conversation comes out.’ ” Reading Your Way to a More Empathetic Self.
- Parents, we need to teach our children about the dangers of hate-laced speech against Muslims.
- The confusing business of Wellness™ vs wellness. The Self-Care Paradox.