‘The Impossible Will Take a Little While’

Checkout The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times by Paul Loeb. From the introduction:

Moments of doubt are inevitable, especially in a culture that embraces cynicism and mocks idealism as a fool’s errand. But if we look at life through a historical lens, we find that the proverbial rock can be rolled, if not to the top of the mountain, then at least to successive plateaus. More important, simply pushing the rock in the right di­rection is cause for celebration. History also shows that even seemingly miraculous advances are in fact the result of many people taking small steps together over a long period of time. For every Desmond Tutu, thousands of anonymous men and women have been equally principled, equally resolute in the same causes. Having over the years drawn inspiration from many of their stories, as well as those of people whose names are more famil­iar, I created this book to invite readers to join a community of courageous souls stretching across the globe and extending backward and forward in time.

‘Kid Trackers’


Time has an article titled “The Perils of Nanny Cams and Kid Trackers:”

In addition to putting kids in a position to constantly outsource problem-solving to their parents, cell phones are effectively putting our children on call – all day long. Imagine forfeiting the freedom you had as a child, to leave the house and be absolutely free of your parents until you returned. One mother who grew tired of having her calls seemingly ignored, even went as far as creating an app that will shut down your child’s phone if he doesn’t answer it. Does that sound like someone who is worried about safety, or control? I’d say the latter.

‘The Daydream Disorder’

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Slate has an article titled “The Daydream Disorder: Is sluggish cognitive tempo a disease or disease mongering?

The name of a “new attention disorder” sounds like an Onion-style parody: sluggish cognitive tempo. It also sounds like a classic case of disease mongering: blurring normality with sickness to boost drug companies’ bottom lines. But this condition is not satire, and the scientific debate about its existence has already spilled into the pages of the New York Times, after the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology devoted most of an issue to a special section of 10 papers on SCT. You’d probably call someone with SCT a daydreamer. Indeed, that’s one of the main symptoms, along with lethargy and slow mental processing.

‘The Birth of the Pill’

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Checkout The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig. From a review:

America before the pill sounds like something out of Margaret Atwood. Contraception was illegal in most states from 1873 until after World War I, and not even recognized by the American Medical Association until 1937. Single women in 26 states were denied contraception until well into the 1960s. While some women were lucky enough to live in a state with more liberal birth-control laws or near a clinic that was willing to circumvent them, many were out of luck. Women used douches as a dangerous and ineffective morning-after contraceptive. Some tried the rhythm method, but even doctors’ knowledge of the reproductive system was still spotty, so that technique wasn’t very effective. Condoms were available, but married couples were reluctant to use them. Some clinics offered diaphragms, which were often poorly fitted and difficult to obtain. And these methods were only available to women with male partners who were interested in preventing pregnancy. Many men were not.

Outgrowing Addiction

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Checkout the post “Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied?” by Maia Szalavitz:

To better understand recovery and how to teach it, then, we need to look to the strengths and tactics of people who quit without treatment—and not merely focus on clinical samples. Common threads in stories of recovery without treatment include finding a new passion (whether in work, hobbies, religion or a person), moving from a less structured environment like college into a more constraining one like 9 to 5 employment, and realizing that heavy use stands in the way of achieving important life goals. People who recover without treatment also tend not to see themselves as addicts, according to the research in this area.