Link Love (2015-08-08)

Thought-provoking

How to Focus in Open Office Settings – Bulletproof Executive

“Work is really three things, says Peter Frase, the author of Four Futures, a forthcoming book about how automation will change America: the means by which the economy produces goods, the means by which people earn income, and an activity that lends meaning or purpose to many people’s lives. “We tend to conflate these things,” he told me, “because today we need to pay people to keep the lights on, so to speak. But in a future of abundance, you wouldn’t, and we ought to think about ways to make it easier and better to not be employed.”” A World Without Work – The Atlantic

The complete and logical guide to winning at your own life in 19 super difficult steps – Dispatches from Paul Jarvis – Medium

“The novelist and scholar Umberto Eco once bemoaned the fact that many visitors to his home, seeing his vast personal library, can’t help but exclaim: “What a lot of books! Have you read them all?” His jaw stiffens: the question implies that his floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are for showing off, when actually they’re a research tool. Unread books are where the action is. The writer Nassim Taleb approvingly calls such a collection an “antilibrary”; one’s shelves, he argues, should contain “as much of what you do not know” as finances allow. And don’t expect the proportion of unread books to fall, either. The more you read, the more the perimeter of your knowledge increases, and the more you’ll realise you don’t know. (Incidentally, Eco’s deadpan response to his visitors’ question is, “No, these are the ones I have to read by the end of the month. I keep the others in my office.”)” What unread books can teach us – The Guardian

The 25 Most Influential Marriages of All Time – TIME

Religion

“They trumpet their rules as universal moral absolutes, blissfully unaware that the very rules they champion have changed many times over the centuries because sexual norms are cultural constructs.  If there is such a thing as “biblical marriage,” it involves potentially multiple wives (depending on the income of the husband) and up to several concubines as well.  The New Testament church did far less to change that norm than did the dominance of Roman culture during that era. They like to tell themselves these aren’t their rules, they’re God’s rules; so they can’t be questioned, and they never change.  That shows a deplorable lack of reflectiveness and critical thinking on this subject.” The Church Doesn’t Get to Make the Rules About Sex Anymore – Godless in Dixie

Equality

But here’s the thing: Calling a woman a “girl” isn’t okay.
When we call women “girls,” we’re using the force of language to make them smaller. We resist and deny their maturity, their adulthood, and their true power.
When you call a woman a “girl,” you’re actually saying a lot of very serious things about gender politics and womanhood.
This is a call to action. We need to actually start using “women” when that’s what we mean. Because when we refer to women as “girls,” this is what we’re doing.” Calling Grown Women ‘Girls’ Is Sexist As Hell – Here Are 4 Reasons Why – Everyday Feminism

True Story: My 8-Year-Old Daughter Dresses Exclusively Like a Boy – Yes and Yes

“Legislation to prevent schools and hospitals discriminating against current or future employees because of their sexuality will be in place by summer.” Legislation on school and hospital stuff to be amended – Irish Times

Books about women less likely to win prizes, study finds – The Guardian

“By saying “forgo girly things for things that will get you interested in engineering” we’re saying “if you want to be girly, you cannot also be a technology creator, an inventor, and a world changer”. We’re teaching girls to change who they are in order to effect change as an adult.” Papas, please let your babies grow up to be princesses – Medium

What’s Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? These 9 Answers Reveal Its Harm – Everyday Feminism

Beauty & Body Image

“Then along came cellphones with built-in cameras. And blogs and Facebook and Twitter. Suddenly, you weren’t just that one tiny picture, you were every picture anyone might happen to want to snap, and to post and pin and share, images that would be tweeted and retweeted, scrutinized and commented upon and invoked to dismiss you as jealous, overweight, bitter, sexually frustrated and, maybe, illogically, also a sexually promiscuous hag. For some critics, a woman’s looks remain the first place they’ll go when they disagree with her opinions.” The Pressure to Look Good – The New York Times

Why I Dropped Out of a Weight Loss Competition that I Was Winning – Health Light Balance

“It’s easy for people to roll their eyes at selfies and make jokes about girls who just want attention, but the truth is that for lots of women – especially women of colour, trans women, disabled women and all the other women who see their existences erased in mainstream media – posting pictures of themselves is a way of challenging our culture’s narrow beauty standards.” An Open Letter to All of My Friends Who Take Selfies – The Belle Jar

Inspirational

“Yes, there is a lot of joy and love and so many blessings in each of our lives too. But it feels like someone is whispering in my ear: Tara, what you used to think of difficult crises, extreme circumstances, are in fact, entirely ordinary parts of adulthood. This incarnation is not for the faint of heart.” Growing up – Tara Sophia Mohr

“You have to tell people what you’re interested in.” – Modern Mrs Darcy

“We do not owe anyone our intrigue. We don’t have to keep living a life we’re finished with just because it looks good on the internet.” You don’t owe anyone your pretty (or your intrigue or your ambition, for that matter) – Yes and Yes

Chronic Illness & Pain

Why Can’t Scientists Figure Out Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? – Psychology Today

“Sometimes I get so caught up in my role as a provider that I forget to go out, to take a breather, to do what I need to do to be healthy. I forget that I’m allowed to enjoy myself; I forget that I’m allowed to step back and nourish myself.
Self-care is so important, regardless of what you’re going through, but it is vital for anyone who is trying to act as a caregiver in any capacity.” 5 Lessons I’ve Learned As the Partner of Someone with an Invisible Disability – Everyday Feminism

Supplements and the Autoimmune Protocol – Autoimmune Paleo

“One of the many challenges that people face when adopting a paleo diet is dealing with the confounding factor of additional food sensitivities.  Sometimes these sensitivities are known (perhaps you had allergy testing done at some point or react so violently to certain foods that it was a no-brainer).  Sometimes these sensitivities are unknown and make it frustrating when we don’t experience the instant improvements to our health touted by so many paleo enthusiasts.  One such sensitivity is FODMAP-intolerance (also referred to as fructose malabsorption).  This isn’t a food sensitivity in the sense that there is any sort of immune reaction to these foods.  Instead, it is a case of a person who cannot properly digest the fructose (and longer sugar molecules containing fructose) in these foods.” Modifying Paleo for FODMAP-Intolerance (a.k.a. Fructose Malabsorption) – The Paleo Mom

3 Tips for Dealing with a New Diagnosis – Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Health

Vitamin D Deficiency? How to Naturally Support Your Body – Health Light Balance

“Scientists in Sweden are launching their own mead — an alcoholic beverage made from a fermented mix of honey and water — based on old recipes they say could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.” This ancient liquor popular among Vikings may be the answer to antibiotic resistance – Ancientfoods

Is Raw Milk Better? – Mark’s Daily Apple

“Barber explains the motivation behind the idea: “What’s powerful about this idea is that it is accessible to anyone. What should I do with vegetable peels? Or broccoli cores? Or bones? Those are questions that any eater or home cook can ask. And, more often than not, you can find delicious solutions as long as you’re willing to invest a little time and creativity in the kitchen.”” How to Reduce Kitchen Waste – Bon Appetit 

Action Steps to Relieve Neck & Shoulder Pain – Fit for Real Life

“Given the extent to which bacteria are now understood to influence human psychology, it is hardly surprising that scientists have turned their attention to how bacteria might affect the brain. Micro-organisms in our gut secrete a profound number of chemicals, and researchers like Lyte have found that among those chemicals are the same substances used by our neurons to communicate and regulate mood, like dopamine, serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). These, in turn, appear to play a function in intestinal disorders, which coincide with high levels of major depression and anxiety. Last year, for example, a group in Norway examined feces from 55 people and found certain bacteria were more likely to be associated with depressive patients.” Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood? – The New York Times

10 Best Plants to Grow Indoors for Air Purification – True Activist

Recipes

Carrot Green Chimichurri Recipe – Love and Lemons

Better Than Takeout: Homemade Chinese Fried Rice – Neo-Homesteading

Blueberry Cobbler (AIP/Paleo) – Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Spiced Butter Tea – Nourished Kitchen

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe (from the Paleo Takeout Cookbook) – Mommypotamus

Thai Green Curry – The Paleo Mom

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