Links

Here is my new list of links.
Here are the previous ones:
September 2008
April 2008
January 2008
November 2007
August 2007
I make no guarantees that any of these links still works. All of them are things I found worth reading at the time, and I hope you’ll enjoy them, too!

Visit the surreal town of North Pole, Alaska, where it’s always Christmas and a bunch of kids plotted a killing spree.

At least one brand of those scary alcoholic energy drinks will be converted into automotive fuel, and the aluminum cans will get recycled, too!

The 3-part series Staying Positive When Life Is Positively Nuts gives great advice, particularly for at-home parents of multiple young children, but applicable to anyone who’s too busy and distracted.

Super-thrifty, practical strategies for getting by when you need food, from a family that has bought almost no food for several years!

Insisting on public recognition of Jesus as “the reason for the season” in December may not be the Christian thing to do.

Here’s why moving to the suburbs is NOT better for your kids.

A mother who took spanking for granted explains why she quit spanking her children and how it’s improved their family life.  In another article, she tells the touching story of throwing away the wooden spoon.

Did you see Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith?  If not, don’t bother, because this abridged script hits all the main points and is much more entertaining!

Here’s a place to donate worn-out clothing if you’re not going to reuse it yourself.

I’ve never been thrilled by the term “babywearing” for carrying a baby in a baby carrier, but I was surprised by this interesting discussion of whether or not “babywearing” is offensive and disrespectful.

How to make a public school good enough for your kids to attend, with specific examples from Chicago.

Preventing pregnancy with the Fertility Awareness Method or Natural Family Planning is better for the environment than artificial contraception, regardless of your religion.  These methods also help when you want to get pregnant and also prevent menstrual periods from catching you by surprise.

My brother, the fledgling home energy auditor, gives detailed advice on how and why to connect appliances to a power-strip.

Tobacco and cocaine use are not just bad for your health, they’re bad for the environment.

Have you heard claims that abortion is a racist plot, “proven” by statistics showing that African-American women have a higher rate of abortions than other American women?  The truth is that African-American women are more likely to have unwanted pregnancies.

Here’s what’s wrong with Fiji Water.

Grapes should be sliced in half before being served to toddlers, to prevent choking…but who has time to slice every individual grape, while supervising a toddler??  Here is the solution!

70% of hamburgers sold in the United States are made with pink slime, which is made by sweeping up bits of meat off the floor of the slaughterhouse and soaking them in ammonia.  Yum.  Yet another reason to eat less meat!

Sock Locks are handy gadgets to keep socks in pairs, even in the dryer!

Amul gives helpful instructions on how to come off as a racist idiot.

Here are some cool gift ideas for children that encourage independent learning.

Children who eat more candy are more likely to grow up to become violent criminals.

A punny cartoon [not animated, just an image] from Shawn Knight.

A very interesting article about how children perceive race, what adults should tell them, and the role of school desegregation.

Power Rock and his sidekick Spurt star in a comic book so crappy, it looks like a parody…but it’s an actual propaganda effort by Families Organized to Represent the Coal Economy, an organization that doesn’t allow families to join it!

Plastic made from corn does not solve environmental problems. I put two cups and lids made from this stuff into our compost four years ago, and they’re only breaking into smaller pieces (which have really, really sharp edges!!), not decomposing in the slightest.

My brother’s award-winning science fiction short story “This Is Your Brain Online” is now…online!

A clear explanation (with links to research) of why eating less meat helps to reduce global warming.

Abstinence-only school lunch programs are ineffective at preventing teen obesity.

5 Reasons Why Whiteboards Are the Greatest Parenting Tools Ever. Somewhat exaggerated, but the author has found some very helpful ways to use the whiteboards. It brings back happy memories of the chalkboard in my grandparents’ kitchen.

My brother is writing a collection of essays: Second Wind: How bicycling around North America changed my life, about his travels in 2004-5. You can buy this online book for just $10 and be notified as each chapter is completed. You also can use the links from his page, at no charge, to read his original letters from the road and see his photo albums. I had a great time following along with Ben’s journey while it was happening, and I’m looking forward to reading what he says about it in retrospect.

Boys Advocacy & Mentoring looks like a really cool program! I was intrigued by this book in a catalog I received at work, so I ordered a copy for myself. My four-year-old son asked what it was about and then wanted me to read it to him…and he had no patience for the dry explanations of psychology and social issues, but he was fascinated by the examples of meeting activities and discussions! We’ll have to see if we can get a BAM group going when he’s a little older.

Two of my friends have posted entertaining and insightful translations of traditional religious stories. Sensitive readers, please note that these contain Possibly Offensive Language.

A very funny story about a dog persistently eating raw sweet potatoes. I tell you, as someone who is normally not amused by dogs and their ways, this is VERY FUNNY!

Instead of expensive, chemical-laden electrolyte-replenishing beverages, try drinking homemade Laborade when you are hot, tired, recovering from illness, and/or giving birth. I’ve tried this, and it’s amazing how much it perks me up!

Science fiction writer Steven Barnes explains why large-scale human immigration to other planets is just not the solution to population growth.

Two articles about research showing long-term health benefits for mothers who breastfeed.  The really interesting part, for me, is the alternative explanation for why my chronic headaches were so much less frequent while I was pregnant and nursing: Oxytocin relaxes blood vessels, so since migraines are caused by uneven constriction of blood vessels in the brain, maybe my increased oxytocin level was helping to prevent that problem.

Speaking of headaches, here’s some nutritional advice.  I’ve been taking fish oil for a few months now, after reading much vaguer advice about it somewhere, and I’m pretty sure that’s helping…apparently by balancing my thromboxanes…even though I haven’t been taking as much as this article recommends; I have noticed that taking an extra dose during a headache seems to help.  I also was taking a calcium-magnesium supplement already, but it’s good to know not to take it with the fish oil.  (No way am I giving up coffee!)

The same nutritionist advises eating lots of beans to prevent pregnancy nausea.

The Boy Scouts of America’s Explorers program is now training teenagers to hunt down terrorists, immigrants, and marijuana growers.

“Baby Einstein” and similar videos may actually slow down babies’ development!

If you’ve ever received a multiply-forwarded e-mail listing “expert” advice on avoiding becoming a rape victim, read this.

Here’s an interesting speculation: The “uncanny valley” phenomenon may be the flip side of the perception that people of other races are not quite human.

This company is recycling old military aircraft into jewelry advocating peace.

Ten ways to occupy a toddler–many of these worked well with Nicholas when he was younger, and some of them still are fun now that he’s four years old.

A mother newly enamored of cloth napkins explains how she got just the right ones for her family by making them out of a tablecloth.  Thrifty, easy, unique, and I think that fabric is just gorgeous!

This mom made her kids’ school lunches more appealing by enclosing a daily joke.

Wow! This is the most amazing mommy-blogger of all!  She got her toddler to clean the toilet!!!

My brother is enjoying his person-powered lawn mower.

These would make excellent handkerchiefs, and they’re available in a kazillion cool prints!

Childhood obesity is linked to chemicals in plastics.

Here are some facts about Canada’s health-care system from a writer who’s lived both there and in the United States.

How to use a ruined batch of bread.

Mothers of only children are the happiest!  Nyah, nyah.

About 'Becca
author of The Earthling's Handbook, about the environment, parenting, cooking, and more!

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