The weather here is just crazy: At the beginning of the week, it was cold enough to snow; yesterday, it got up to 70; tonight, it’s getting down to 36.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE
on the podcast: Suzanne and I are talking about the big homeschool questions on our minds right now (and hoping some of them sound like interesting future podcasts!)
on patreon: It’s our live chat weekend!
LINKS I LIKED
Those “quick hands” cooking videos have always felt a little off-putting to me, but I didn’t know why.
Oh my gosh, so much this! I cannot take seriously anyone who says utilize when she just means use.
I loved this — I definitely am not where I was at 27, but I totally identify with the idea that we change so much and so little at the same time. (Especially since I had a student ask me today if I missed being young!) (I don’t, though.)
I love Facebook for keeping up with people it might be hard to keep up with otherwise — but this is why I keep my circle of friends small enough that I never feel like I need to put the word “friends” in quotation marks.
This was fascinating: The racism and colonial entitlement in feminine frontier fashion.
This is delightful: A list of things that I actually would like men to explain to me, please.
THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW BUT NOW I DO
The news has always been too much, especially in the 19th century.
The socks and sandals thing dates back way before the 1970s.
A day on Saturn is 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds
BOOKS ADDED TO MY TBR LIST THIS WEEK
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (because I know almost nothing about Garfield, and I want to fill in some gaps)
WHAT’S MAKING ME HAPPY
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The downside of gifted-ness, secret literary fellowships, loving Judge Judy, LARPing with goats, and more stuff we like.
Why do we trust online reviews, reading by plant-light, the overlap between Waldorf, privilege, and vaccinations, Babylonian break-up tablets, and more stuff we like.
Is Mark Twain the problem with the modern United States, it’s still possible to get a great 1980s photo of yourself, television should be doing a better job across the board with women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people, and more stuff we liked this week.
Revisiting the 90s, utopias vs dystopias, what your favorite color says about you, dinosaur courtship, and more stuff we like.
Burnout is not a professional goal, the myth of the frontier in U.S. history, what do we mean when we talk about “electability,” what we always suspected about cats is true, and more stuff we like.
Highs and lows of Facebook groups, Teddy Roosevelt and the Iron Throne, my new favorite interview with a vampire, and more stuff we like.
Our weekly roundup of links, books, and other homeschool inspiration.
Our weekly roundup of great links, books, and other stuff that’s inspiring our homeschool life.
The slow, important uncovering of history, snow plow parents, transcript-writing for people who aren’t transcript writers, cats in medieval manuscripts, and more stuff I like.
Problems with children’s literature, thirty years of “Closer to Fine,” saying goodbye to Dylan McKay, weird ancient Greek obsessions, and more stuff we like.
The magical union of science and art, objectivity in a post-truth world, Star Trek has seen the future, and more stuff we like.
RIP, Mars Rover; renegade nuns; my new favorite tip for recognizing passive voice; my neighborhood 50 million years ago; and more stuff we like.
Friends versus “friends,” the link between prairie dresses and colonization, slow cooking trumps quick hands, adventures in medieval poop, and more stuff we like.
The not-so-true Instagram reality, new words for cold days, find your Dewey Decimal personality, let’s stop hustling for a minute, and more stuff we like.
Celebrating Edward Gorey, how many books could you read in a year, a Golden Compass adaptation that I can’t wait for, trying the murderer of Edwin Drood, and more stuff we like.
Existential therapy, quitting email, fortune cookie literature, the best way to take notes, and more stuff we like.