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Suggested Internet Reading

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES This little cherub is my daughter, Sofía, born 2 weeks ago. Now the real joys of parenthood are starting!

I have a huge backlog of Suggested Internet Reading goodies to share, so here are 10 for today and I’ll post another 10 soon. Enjoy!

Solo Female Travel and Sexual Assault (Global Frolic) – “Why is it that we ask women to avoid violence and not that we ask the violence to stop?” Great honest article about solo female travel which every traveler should read.

The jaguar stone in The City of the Monkey God (TED Blog) – Huge discovery of an ancient indigenous town in Honduras. So fascinating!!

David Whyte on How to Break the Tyranny of Work/Life Balance (Brain Pickings) – I am pretty tired of the “work/life balance” conversation. David Whyte explains it simply and brilliantly. Maria Popova notes in her review of Whyte’s book The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship, “Whyte gets at this elegantly, noting that each of the three pursuits [Work, Self, Other] he explores “is, at its heart, nonnegotiable,” and urges us to start thinking of each not as something to be balanced against the other two but as something “conversing with, questioning or emboldening the other two.” Only then can we begin to shift away from “trading and bartering parts of ourselves as if they were salable commodities.” Because work and life are not separate things, he argues, they can’t be “balanced” against one another; instead, they are best treated as a “movable conversational frontier.”

Beijing Subway Launches Underground Library (GOOD) – Great idea! Although more reasons to be glued to a screen isn’t necessarily a good thing. Thankfully these virtual books focus on Chinese history and culture; always an important thing for citizens to be familiar with.

Now You Can Help NASA Hunt Asteroids Like A Pro (GOOD) – I love how even NASA has turned to crowdsourcing. Why not?!

Justice, capitalism and progress (TED Blog) – Paul Tudor Jones II is concerned about inequality in the world. “This gap between the 1 percent and the rest of America, and between the US and the rest of the world, cannot and will not persist,” says the investor. “Historically, these kinds of gaps get closed in one of three ways: by revolution, higher taxes or wars.” His solution? Rate companies by how just they are and the free market will reward the ones that are the most just.

Imagine walking a mile in someone else’s headline (TED Blog) – A fascinating interview with Monica Lewinsky about the TED Talk that she gave at TED2015. She opens up about cyber-bullying and public humiliation and how damaging it is. Very refreshing to hear the other side to the infamous scandal.

Swedish Airport Arcade Wants Your Coins for a Good Cause (GOOD) – A simply brilliant idea to raise money for good causes, allow travelers to pass time, and a way to get rid of local coins that aren’t worth exchanging.

Is a Cancer-Zapping Watch On Its Way? (GOOD) – Google recently issued a patent application for a watch that could be a treatment for cancer. Apparently this watch would send tiny magnetic particles into patient’s bloodstreams. This is pretty insane, but if it really works, what great news for cancer patients!

Now You Can Fight Fire With Sound (GOOD) – Another simply brilliant idea devised by college students at George Mason University. Click through the link to see the short video demonstration.


2 comments on “Suggested Internet Reading

  1. doylee129
    April 16, 2015

    Thank you for the shout out Mary Beth! I am so honored that you’ve shared my words. Now I’ve got a big backlog of internet reading to get to 🙂

    Safe travels and congratulations on the adorable little babe!! xoxo


    • mbstrawn
      April 16, 2015

      It’s my pleasure! Fantastic article 🙂

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