When I first started this little blog a few years ago, I had a page dedicated specifically to non-literary links which I found of interest and worth sharing. The link sharing service I was using at the time (Delicious) went under. Delicious was my preferred method of sharing links, and I haven’t really found one that I like as much since. However, I still read many articles over the course of a week with ideas worth sharing for contemplation. To that end, I decided this morning, after reading a particularly moving piece at Circe, to simply put the links right here, on a separate page, and add to them as they come up. They’ll be separated by months.
Please note that inclusion on this link list does not constitute hearty endorsement of everything the author has ever written, said, or expressed belief in. It is a simple acknowledgement that at a particular moment in time, they wrote a piece I deemed interesting and worthy of sharing.
- Thinkspot and the Rise of Long-Tail Social Media: When Cal Newport first wrote about long-tail social media, I had to look it up. It was something I’d never heard before, although I realize that I have been a part of things like it before. The brain-child of Jordan Peterson, Thinkspot is offering a different way. It sounds a lot better as an option for discussing common interests than Twitter. I really dislike Twitter. Anything that can be used to destroy someone’s life because of what they believe needs to be usurped and tossed for a better alternative. Let’s hope long-tail social media catches on if we’re going to have social media at all.
- The Mis-Education at Garvey’s Ghost: As usual, Sondjata cuts through the bull surrounding the achievement gap and asks the hard questions. I’m not always 100% in agreement with him about things, but I always appreciate his intellectual honesty, and I do agree with him on a great many issues.
- Is Classical Education Just a Fad? Joshua Gibbs asks what we are to make of the recent surge in schools dedicated to the classical education model. I for one don’t think it’s a fad because it stands in stark contrast to current educational dogma and norms, but we’ll see. Gibbs offers his take in this piece.
- This is Why Your Library Doesn’t Own the E-book You Want: Krysta at Pages Unbound discussses the tug of war between local libraries and major publishing companies which are steadily increasing the prices of electronic book offerings. It’s an interesting conversation; at least to those of us who are invested in the library system.
- Impure Motives of Purity Culture Critics: Rod Dreher examines the harshness with which many Christians condemn so-called purity culture, and reaches a conclusion that I agree with. There are legitimate issues to be had with formulaic approaches to the faith which ignore the fact that a good many people in the current culture have no framework in which to put chastity to begin with. But a lot of Christians condemn all attempts to encourage modesty and chastity on order to excuse their own behavior.
- The Good Christian Girl: A Fable This is spot on, a really good synopsis of what many devout Christian young women have to deal with.
- Femininity is NOT Weakness: Hearth makes a string case for why femininity is not weakness. She also outlines the meanings and properites of gentleness as well as feminine strength. Very worth the read!
- How Cars Divide America. I live in car nation. Unless you actually live downtown, there are few places that are conveniently arrived at without an automobile. It doesn’t change the fact that our quality of life is hindered -not to mention the desctruction of community bonds- by our ubiquitous use of and dependence on, our cars.
- Biden Brings Up Jim Crow. We Are Not Surprised. Yes, yes, yes! Thank you Sondjata for saying this. When the liberal candidates can’t speak to a predominantly black audience without bringing up slavery and Jim Crow, it should tell you something about the way they view American blacks. Emphasis on should, because the ruse actually works. To our shame.
- Modern Theology Gives Birth to Modern Science. Joshua Gibbs nails this one in which he follows the trail between theology and science, and ultimately, culture.
- The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Moms: Heidi analyzes the problems inherent with the idea of a “baby-nup”. Apparently it’s some sort of contractual agreement between expectant parents along the lines of a pre-nup, where you make arrangements and plans about how you will divide child caring duties in a way that is equitable. And equitable, I’m certain, is most accurately interpreted as “a distribution that makes the mother happy.” People can be so absurd. Babies laugh at plans, as do employers, for that matter.
- Bernie Announces…he’s Learned Nothing, at Garvey’s Ghost. Because I have the grievous experience of knowing people who love Bernie Sanders (and apparently also can’t do basic math and/or plan to be broke the entirety of their lives), this simple question of “How are we supposed to pay for it all?” resonates with me.
- As Goes the Family, by Rod Dreher at The American Conservative: There’s little here that isn’t well known by anyone paying attention, but sometimes we forget to pay attention, so I’m linking this here.
- There’s No Such Thing as Racist AI: This one is by Garvey’s Ghost, whom I enjoy on several levels. Even when I disagree, and occasionally but not often I do, he has clearly thought through the issues he writes about. In this one he points out the silly screeching of women claiming an AI job program which selects for the best applicants in STEM is sexist. Or racist. Or whatever-ist.
- Harmonizing Classroom and Living Room by the ever insightful Joshua Gibbs. I haven’t graduated to his level of integration yet, but these are good thoughts to consider.
- The Minimalist Pixie Dream Girl: And Why I Hate Her at Refinery29. I don’t really hate the minimalist pixie dream girl because I always knew she wasn’t real. I liked this article because it speaks to the subtle way that these types of images induce women to spend money to achieve something out of their reach and frankly, out of the reach of anyone who wants to live a real, full life.
- Top 10 Tips for Rookie Teachers: There are actually a couple of things here that I found extremely helpful. I’m not a *rookie* teacher in the truest sense, but still.
- The Case for Rooms: City Lab discusses the pros and cons of the ubiquitous open floor plan in many modern homes. Our home is so arranged, with family room, breakfast nook and kitchen all conjoined without walls of separation. Sometimes, I think it’s wonderful. Other times, not so much.
- The New High Watermark of Left Censorship: Garvey’s Ghost hits the nail on the head, and me on the toes with this one. He outlines the bully tactics of the left mirror bullying tactics in general, and how moderates and conservatives unwillingness to out our money where our mouths yap is making us sitting ducks for the further insanity to come. Go. Check it out.
- Motherhood in the age of fear: This NYT opinion piece about how the tyranny of nosey outsiders often makes perfectly reasonable competent mothers out to be neglectful and heartless. Having grown up without car seats or helicopter parents, this resonated with me.
- When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life: This piece at Gizmodo is a very important bit of education for those who comment online. This woman, solely for disagreeing with another woman on Facebook, had her life and career ruined. So I’m sharing it as a cautionary tale. There’s not much you can do about the fact that someone you don’t even know may be disturbed, but perhaps we can all learn something and protect ourselves.
- Hey Black Folks, nobody believes us anymore. Can you blame them? Whatever your thoughts on Mrs. Karazin’s interracial marriage or her efforts to encourage black women to expand their dating options, she is spot on right here. I am so, so sick and tired of the glaring refusal of personal responsibility in the black community. I am happy that someone else who looks like me is daring to speak out on it.
- The vindication of cheese, butter, and full fat milk: Yes!! The end of the obsession with fat free eating is a welcome development. Of course, it’s been replaced by an obsession with grains free eating. Sigh.
- How the West became a self-obsessed culture: I’ve been meaning to pick up the book Selfie, for a while now. This reminds me to check it out sooner rather than later.
- Out of Control: This writer offers some commentary on how and why we have reached a point in our political and cultural evolution where the sane among us (I hope that includes you!) have been coerced into silence while the inmates run the asylums of media, academia, and government.
- Jimmy Carter: You Are Dead Wrong– The fact that the author of this blog post is NOT a Christian is just one more indictment against the post modern American church. I agree with this brother completely -in the black sense since I just told y’all he’s not a believer.
- Complementarian Man Authoritatively Delegates All Decision making to Wife: This is Babylon Bee, so it’s supposed to be satire. But…given the current culture of worshiping all thing woman, it rings eerily true.
- Formality of Familiarity: How Should A Classroom Feel?– This article drew me in mostly because I related so closely with Mr. Gibbs’ spiritual journey which lead to his concluding thoughts about teaching and the classroom.
- What happens when you give up plastic, and is it a lifestyle for the lucky few? I’ve been on that particular journey too and gave up the fight, opting instead to do my small part at home to reduce the amount of plastic I send to the landfill. But the whole “giving up plastic” deal is not a workable solution for us. We’re too dependent on local shopping where plastic is ubiquitous.