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+Theresa Mecklenborg, +Jenn Bernat: This looks like a rather nifty kid-carrying bike. Not sure how it compares to our current bike-trailer arrangement for carrying multiple kids, but might be worth looking into.
Everything you can imagine in a family bike. And then some.
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Someone I'm Facebook friends with reserved one of these - I can see if I can find the post (therein lies the rub on Facebook ...) and put you in touch so you can get a review after it arrives. :) 
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My friend Elena Rose Vera talks about what faith means, in a way that is very close to what it means to me. Not specifically about faith in God or gods, but in the world, in humanity, and in basic goodness.
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5-8-16 Sermon by Elena Rose Vera by FellowshipChurch
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I have just heard this spoken as a welcome reading from a church pulpit, at my dear friend's ordination ceremony. I didn't realize how many things felt missing that needed to be spoken, until I heard it.
BLESSED ARE THE SISSIES BLESSED ARE THE BOI DYKES BLESSED ARE THE PEOPLE OF COLOR MY BELOVED KITH AND KIN BLESSED ARE THE TRANS BLESSED ARE THE HIGH FEMMES BLESSED ARE THE SEX WORKERS BLESSED ARE THE...
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This is wonderful. Thanks you for sharing it.
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It is not every day that I read an op-ed by a staunchly conservative columnist and agree strongly with nearly every word in it.  But this is apparently that day.

I would put in a small quote to illustrate why this is worth reading, but I can't pick just one bit, so have a large quote:

"We’ll probably need a new national story. Up until now, America’s story has been some version of the rags-to-riches story, the lone individual who rises from the bottom through pluck and work. But that story isn’t working for people anymore, especially for people who think the system is rigged.

I don’t know what the new national story will be, but maybe it will be less individualistic and more redemptive. Maybe it will be a story about communities that heal those who suffer from addiction, broken homes, trauma, prison and loss, a story of those who triumph over the isolation, social instability and dislocation so common today.

We’ll probably need a new definition of masculinity, too. There are many groups in society who have lost an empire but not yet found a role. Men are the largest of those groups. The traditional masculine ideal isn’t working anymore. It leads to high dropout rates, high incarceration rates, low labor force participation rates. This is an economy that rewards emotional connection and verbal expressiveness. Everywhere you see men imprisoned by the old reticent, stoical ideal.

We’ll also need to rebuild the sense that we’re all in this together...."
It’s time to step back, take the long view and begin healing the pain that the campaign has illuminated.
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I was just commenting to John yesterday that I couldn't wait to hear Brooks' latest. Good luck, David. You've spent the past few years grappling with what you were supposed to say and spending the rest of the time stoned (I hope).
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This is not a typical PopeHat-blog post.  It's about depression and mental illness and empathy, and about piling on people and being ashamed of that.  And it's well worth reading, including the comments.
Everyone knows that if you’ve fought depression or anxiety or bipolar disorder, you’ll be much more patient and compassionate with others who suffer, right? Right? Well, no. Not necessa…
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I suppose that's telling about the difference between Empathy and Sympathy...
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People!  JSTOR has a TUMBLR.  And it is AWESOME.
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So it turns out that, although the things in the "sunchoke" bin at the local grocery store looked like (sort of large) sunchokes when I got a bag of them, and even looked rather like sunchokes when +Cathy Hindersinn peeled them to put some in the dinner salad, they didn't quite smell like sunchokes. They smelled a little ... peppery, she said. And, so, experimentally, Morgan and I each had a thin slice to taste to see if they tasted odd.

Morgan, wisely, had a tiny bite and then spat it out.

Meanwhile, I ate the whole slice, because why wouldn't one do that.

And now I know that eating a slice of raw horseradish root is not an experiment I particularly want to repeat. Yipe. Oops.

So now I need to figure out what to do with about three pounds of horseradish root.
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Smart preschooler.
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Came across this in a Twitter post I saw in the middle of cleaning up a bunch of long-open links. I just had a quick glance at it, but it looks definitely interesting enough to repost. (In part because I want to remember to go back and read it later!)

One quote of an example from the "what we mean by bringing 'queer' into this" introduction that I noticed while skimming indicates quite clearly why this sort of thing matters: "And finally, when we did not use gender as an independent variable to explain effects in measure variables (like satisfaction with a heat control panel) but first looked into other social or psychological criteria (like working hours or work satisfaction) to explain effects, some of these colleagues had to reconsider what they believed to know about gender-reflective research."
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This looks rather interesting, though I haven't had a chance to read it yet -- FiveThirtyEight just did a week of articles on gut science, taking a statistical/numerical look at what's going on in recent research there and what of the results look solid and reliable.
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Me: Eating a bite of beans from my Mexican-food lunch.
Ambient music: "The Candy Man can, 'cause he mixes it with love, makes the world taste good."
My hindbrain: "No, I'm pretty sure this is salt."
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Salt is one of the components which make love possible.
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Wow.  This is really fascinating, and it's especially fun watching the videos of the father-and-son linguist-and-actor team geeking out about accents, as well as seeing some of the puns and rhymes that only show up in the original pronunciation.

Now I am really wanting to see a performance at the Globe in O.P.
allthingslinguistic: “ goodticklebrain: “ First of all, I apologize for this post being a bit late. I was JUST ABOUT to upload it when the internet at my house cut out. This should not have been a...
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Resharing this from +Michael Powell; IMO it's well worth reading.

This is not a pure reshare because Michael's version of the link had an annoying blinking image that I can't remove, so instead I'll quote what he said: "This is the most comprehensive article I've seen to date about the history and current state of the basic income movement. An excellent read, of the high calibre I've come to expect from FiveThirtyEight (which is the blog of Nate Silver, famous for predicting every state in the 2012 Presidential race with the power of statistics, though he didn't write this article himself)."
Daniel Straub remembers the night he got hooked on basic income. He had invited Götz Werner, a billionaire owner of a German drugstore chain, to give an independent talk in Zurich, where Straub was…
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Bah. The image doesn't animate on my phone, so I thought it had just grabbed the first frame of it.
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