Eep! A Literary Street Map! I want it! Exclamation Point!
When I got pregnant I told everyone straight away, before I even knew my due date. This article, Why we shouldn't have to keep pregnancy a secret for the first trimester, explains why. (via Boganette)
If you've seen the movie Thirteen (& you really should have seen this film) you might like this q&a by the films stars, Evan Rachel Wood & Nikki Reed, on the tenth anniversary of its release.
Alexandra Franzen's piece about hate-blogging & bullying is great. It says succinctly exactly what I was trying to get across to a friend recently. I wish I'd had this at the ready for them to read at the time.
"Save your outrage — and save your energy, your power, your capacity to enact real, meaningful change, your precious time on this planet — for something worthy of your gifts."
We may not all be able to spend our birthdays in Hawai'i hanging with Oprah, but we can follow Michelle Obama's lead and take some time to ourselves once in a while. It's important to escape your family every now and then, even if it's just for a few hours. (via Eve)
I remember when the referendum on the anti-smacking bill happened, I was gobsmacked by friends who were vehemently against the law changes. Of all the laws to get passionately worked up over, they chose the one about hitting children. Coley speaks with sense in I was smacked as a child, and that's not ok.
More on smacking. As much as I hate to send clicks to The Daily Blog, this piece brings together a swag of research on why smacking is a no-no.
Ten ways to make sure your kids don't grow up all moany and dependent. (via Erena) Hate the title, and some of the phrasing, but there's some good advice hiding in there too.
Everybody has a story. These are the stories of the families taking shelter at a Women's Refuge. These are the women and children you are helping when you donate money, goods & services.
Oh my gosh, I have a feeling I neglected to link to this AMAZING interview that one of my bestest friends, Noush, did on her experience living with Alopecia.
"If you need a loan, as most poor people eventually do, you will end up paying an interest rate many times more than what a more affluent borrower would be charged. To be poor—especially with children to support and care for—is a perpetual high-wire act."
A roundtable discussion featuring actresses Oprah Winfrey, Emma Thompson, Amy Adams, Octavia Spencer, Julia Roberts, and the most incredible looking woman in the world, Lupita Nyong'o ~
(also via Boganette)
He just doesn't want to get his hair wet. Oh, Dogs ~