Weekend Links 9.29.17

Intriguing explorations by extrapolating headlines.

Health and Well-being

Having a million dollar baby myself, I think a single-payer system is worth discussing.

Love this song list. We all could use a Momento Mori from time to time. I include this in well-being because we can better live our lives when we cherish the moments and choose wisely what we do, as death reminds us to do.

Our individual interests require balance with our marriage/relationships if they are not to take away from the most important things. The Gottman’s make their recommendations. ““Something that says, ‘I am here for you, I love you, I’m not rejecting you, I just need some quiet time,’” she explained. “By acknowledging the other before you retreat to your space, instead of signaling that the space is a place of exile, you’re actually saying ‘Hey, I love you so much that I need to recharge so I can give my best self to you and really listen.’”

“Self-care is a 10 billion dollar industry.” We should be keenly aware of what current trends are made popular by organizations/businesses that profit from them. This post is an excellent take on the concept of self-care and its purpose. For further reading on that.

We’ll include mental well-being, too. Add this free online course on the early middle ages to the list of courses I want to take but cannot because the noise gets elevated whenever I turn on the audio.


Church and Culture

I like to see trend-setters quit a break while they’re ahead. It keeps their product strong rather than wait for it to fizzle out. Some shows should end sooner than later. Here, Chip and Joanna Gaines #5 will be their last season of Fixer Upper.

We need innovation like this: recycling plastic to make clothing.

4 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Bitter Catholic. Parishes are made of people. People are fallen. We fall to, sometimes in response to others fallenness. We can choose how we react, even in the worst of circumstances.

I like the clarity and charity with which Fr. Longenecker relates his observations of Pope Francis and the issues on the table in the Catholic Church. Likewise, George Weigel. Getting with the times does not mean compromising moral truth.

Check out this project by Catholic Creatives.


Family and Education

There is so much wisdom in this article by Dr. John Cuddleback on presence. It is a great example of how the narrative of what is “traditional” often misses the mark. It is not history’s great tradition that men should be absent from home 50 hours a day and then be waited on by their demure wives. It is the tradition to work at or near home and have significant work to be done in the home, with close proximity, often involving children. In You Learn by Living, Eleanor Roosevelt makes the point that children need to be useful. When they are needed and useful, they earn respect from their parents they could not otherwise have.

Thoroughly enjoyed this read on a big family living in a small house and the blessings thereof.

One man’s honest reflection on manhood, or the lack thereof.

One of my first classes at the University of St. Thomas was Philosophy 101 taught by a man who loved it and believed in it. There I learned the purpose of a liberal arts education. Here a Professor Joseph Clair discusses Augustine’s approach to education and how we need it today.Technology changes the atmosphere. Not every teacher can teach in it. Not every student will excel in it. The point is, we are not backward for wanting some technology-free environments.


Ready for fall? We are! (No pumpkins for sale this year, I’m afraid).

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