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Stuff I read THIS week

January 27, 2012

Me and reading were a little hit or miss this week.  Mostly, I was reading how to avoid the intense nausea on a new RA medication I’m taking.  I’ll spare you those links.  I also did some internet research on how to safely dye your kid’s hair.  My 3-year-old daughter wants a blue streak.  Or maybe an orange one.  We’ll see…

I’m going to go ahead and apologize, but I did watch some more spoken word things this week.  One is pretty good, and the other, well…it’s that Jesus v. Religion guy again.

Stuff I watched this week:

  • That guy:

  • And the palate-cleanser, if you will, an anti-bullying piece:

  • The State of the Union (I promise I don’t only watch President Obama things online.)

Stuff I read:

  • Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China: Ironically enough, I read this on my iPad.  It’s disturbing.  Almost as disturbing as our “let’s beat China” rhetoric these days.  But it’s an important story and one we should read over and over.
  • A Timbered Choir by Wendell Berry.  Talk about palate-cleansers.  It’s been too cold to go outside this week (except for today when it’s 62 and windy as all get-out.  It’s like Miami and Chicago had a baby).  But Berry’s poetry has the enviable power of teleporting you to his woods, his farm, and his way of thinking and reflecting.
  • This one from The Root about the racialized discourse in the GOP debates.  There are things being said in these debates that, if unintentional (which I doubt) are extremely hurtful and out-of-touch, and if intentional (which I suspect in certain instances), are dangerous efforts at race-baiting and scapegoating. Great book recommendation in here, too.
  • Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care. Gearing up for our future foster placement(s) and trying to find resources that help explain the situation to my kids and kids coming into our home.  Most of the picture books on adoption are trite, sentimental, or in the “I was jealous and want her to go back to China genre” (and believe me there are enough of those to make an entire genre).  Other than a few therapeutic resources, I’ve been hard-pressed to find anything useful besides this.  If anyone has any book recommendations on fostering or adopting please leave a comment.
  • This Pizza Hut copycat recipe.  And based on the smell coming from my kitchen. YES.  This will save my family lots of lots of money.
  • Texts from almost everyone in my iPhone’s contacts.  I guess telling people you’ve become a stay-at-home-mom means you have to bump up your messaging plan.  Good to have friends who will keep me connected to the world.

Things that ’bout made me pee my pants

  • George Takei.  You know, the guy who played Sulu on the original Star Trek.I started following him on Facebook and his posts are pretty darn amusing.
  • This picture flying around on social media and now conveniently permanently recorded in my Tumblr:

    "Mufasa" OoOOooh, do it again, do it again

Stuff I Haven’t Finished Reading but Might Soon:

You’ll recognize this from last week: Pedagogy of the Oppressed.  Maybe if I keep blogging about it, I’ll get ‘er done.

Something I read because this week marked a sad milestone:

This week was the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade.  As a pro-lifer and someone committed to seeing things change for women, it’s hard to see another year of legal abortion come and go.  I revisited this quote from Suffragist Tennessee Claflin, sister of the first female presidential candidate, Victoria Woodhull.  Laws, while important, aren’t enough. Our society has to welcome all children, support all parents, and oppose all violence. WE have to choose life, collectively. We have to want more for women.

Abortion is only a symptom of a more deep-seated disorder of the social state. It cannot be put down by law…Childbearing is not a disease, but a beautiful office of nature.

In light of this and the challenges before us, I encourage you to join me in celebrating motherhood in all its forms.  Peace.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2012 8:43 am

    Not really what you are asking for, but I’m going to recommend it anyway – ‘talking to young children about adoption’ is an incredibly useful resource – but it does asssume that the placement is permanent. Quite theoretical but hugely thought-provoking, and lots of case studies. Out of print, I think, but I got it second hand on amazon pretty easily.

    Also for adoption, but directly for kids – i recommend ‘how I was adopted’ by Cole – it’s a really child-focussed picture book – not written from the parents’ point of view, which is unusual! ‘I’m adopted’ by – uhhhh, actually, I can’t remember – is pretty good, but their other book – Shades of People – is WAY better and every child should have it, transracially adopted or not.

    I’m guessing it’s hard to get really good stuff for foster care placements because there ARE so many variables. If you find any more really good stuff please post about it!

    • bnbecky permalink*
      February 3, 2012 2:12 am

      Believe me, I’ll be posting if I find things! Thanks for the recommendations. The Maybe Days is pretty fantastic, but it’s written for foster kids and not for birth kids in particular. I still might read it with my oldest, at least, so he can understand beforehand what the other kid might be going through.

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