I’m not sure how to follow politics and find the middle way anymore — and I know that’s a problem that reflects a whole lot of privilege, but I feel perpetually pushed between anger and depression when I read the news these days. I’ve been reading so much about the civil rights movement lately, looking for guidance in how to navigate inhuman situations without losing your humanity. That helps a little. Taking small breaks when I don’t follow the news helps, too. I read a lot of poetry, and that helps, sometimes. The thing that helps the most is my students, who believe in a better world so much that I really think they will make one. But there are many hard days, and I find it especially hard to talk to my kids about all the things that are happening because I know I lack wisdom and peace about so much of this.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE
How to add more movement to your elementary homeschool.
A reading list for kids (and grown-ups) who love bugs.
two years ago: A science project that bites: How to grow your own carnivorous plants.
THE LINKS I LIKED
I will read about Lorraine Hansberry and James Baldwin’s friendship all day.
The Atlantic takes a very interesting look at what makes college in the United States so expensive compared to the rest of the world’s higher education. (The healthcare comparison is particularly illuminating.)
(Related: Serena Williams deserves that apology.)
Relevant to my interests: 10 retellings of classic myths by women writers
WHAT I’M READING AND WATCHING
The Good Place is back!
Student papers comparing Hobbes and Locke — apparently I am not the only one saddened by the state of the world because Hobbes is definitely coming out ahead this semester.
I have a big stack of books on my nightstand, but they are gathering dust at the moment — I have entered the “wait, what day is it?” phase of the fall term.