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Archive for the day “May 11, 2017”

A Dumb Mistake 

Our daycare sends us daily reports with photos about everything Klara did during the day: what she ate, how long she slept, etc. And yesterday I made the huge mistake of not looking at the report for once. 

Klara was very cranky, and I went out of my way to entertain her. But everything was making her even more upset. She especially hated it when I put on her favorite CD, which usually is a surefire way to make her happy. It was only after 7 pm when I found a second to look at the report and discovered she’d only gotten 30 minutes of sleep at the daycare. She was sleepy, and of course, music bothered her and so did the swimming pool. Would you like to sit in a puddle of water when you are extremely sleepy? Probably not.

Of course, I feel like an idiot because I could have spared us both the aggravation and put her down for a nap. My only excuse is that it was very hot yesterday, and I’d spent the day running around town like a crazed bunny. The heat makes me think and move much more slowly. 

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Thursday Link Encyclopedia 

When religious people get married, they get sick a lot. Find out why from this fascinating article.

Oklahoma Republicans try to fill thrir budget hole: “Tops on the list, the group said, is to eliminate all non-essential, non-instructional employees in higher education. They said that would save $328 million.” This sounds like paradise. 

The most important six words to use when feeding a child. 
And the pearl-clutching over what Bernie said about someone who said something about abortion

Will the 2020 census flop

This is not the way to fight racism

In case shaking salt is too onerous, there’s an app for that. 

The free-range kids movement sounds like an ok idea until you actually read their statements and realize it’s not about the kids as much as it’s about parents trying to use the kids to relive their own childhoods. Creepy. 

Finally somebody tries to put one of the weird faddy people in their place

George Mason U does great on graduating black students at the same rate as white

[Russian] Yes, there were acts of terror in the USSR, and they were all about loooove.

A great post on why there’s such a taboo in the US on revealing your salary. Which is why I always reveal mine.

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