i’m still here

Thinking, writing, living, breathing.  Praying.  But tired through it all, and not at my most inspired or creative.  Tonight, I’m listening to the Eldest sing himself to sleep in these beautiful songs that he is creating about our recent adventures, and I’m waiting for quiet to settle in so that I can get snugged in to bed myself. I leave you with what I’ve been reading lately.

First, I’ll say that I’m listening to this beautiful playlist.  Rachel Held Evans made this mix to go along with her memoir “Evolving in Monkey Town” and though I haven’t read the book yet, I’m loving the music of her choosing.

Then on to the reads:
*Is Sugar Toxic?  @ the NYTimes Magazine (I’m dangerously close to my monthly limit on NYTimes — ack!  Didn’t think it would be an issue.): “If Lustig is right, then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years. But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them.”

*The Creativity Killer: Group Discussions @ The Atlantic: “When we collaborate with different kinds of thinkers, sometimes from different cultures and backgrounds, we individually struggle with ingrained behaviors that reduce our likelihood of manifesting creativity.”

*Idle Parenting Means Happy Children @ The Telegraph: “All parents have a nagging sense that somehow we are doing it all wrong and that more work needs to be done. But the problem is that we put too much work into parenting, not too little. By interfering a lot, we are not letting children grow up and learn themselves. The child who has been overprotected will not know how to look after himself. We are too much in children’s faces. We need to retreat. Let them live.”

*How I bluffed my way through college @ Salon: “In other words, with the combined benefits of therapy and hindsight, I can see plenty of logical reasons for my academic failures. At the time, though, all I knew was that I was broken somehow — whether the diagnosis was pathological laziness or plain old stupidity — and was thus swiftly embarrassed in any discussion of literature that went beyond the bullet points.”

*Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand:  This is for my book club, and it is just fabulous.  So well-written and very gripping.  Don’t spoil it for me, though, ’cause I’m just about two-thirds finished.

What else should I be checking out?  What are you reading and listening to?


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