It’s easy to find people who have been stopped by a challenge. It’s a lot harder to find someone who overcomes a challenge, especially when they’re elderly. Here’s a lovely article about a woman who is bedridden and stuck in a nursing home, and how she has discovered that painting is enjoyable and helps her pass the time.
Recent years have seen far too many college grads working as baristas or retail clerks because they can’t find work in their majors. The idea that you must go to college has finally been turned on its ear. It’s time for parents to point their teens in other directions.
Here’s a transcript of a speech given to teens by a mechanic. It’s quite interesting, and well worth your time, especially if any of your kids are good with their hands.
I love new words, and this article about how the Internet is ruining our memories includes several very cool ones:
- Nomophobia (fear of losing your mobile phone)
- Technoference (when tech tools interfere with your personal relationships)
- Fauxcellarm and ringxiety (thinking your phone is ringing when it’s not)
- Cyberchondria (researching diseases online and then suspecting you have them)
Although I don’t suffer from the first four situations (my cell phone is a dumb phone that is usually left on the kitchen counter, and sometimes forgotten in a coat pocket), I will admit that I have suffered from cyberchondria more than once in recent years. I am also very thankful that the ability to research symptoms and illnesses on the Internet did not exist when my kids were young!
A while back, I began crocheting again and made a dishcloth. Now I can’t stop!
If I still had kids at home, I would show them this really cool article about how countries all over the world have built special animal crossings over or under highly trafficked areas so that they aren’t run over by vehicles. The photos are awesome! Very creative ideas, too.