Friday Finds

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  1. I will be watching this.
  2. Fiona Apple has always been cool AF.
  3. Speaking of music and cool: this is one of the many things I love about the internet.
  4. Greta Thunberg uses her Twitter profile to troll the biggest Twitter troll of all.
  5. Also pictures of then and now.
  6. What’s in emergency vehicles.
  7. How to boil the perfect egg according to science. (Thanks, Rita!!)
  8. Melissa’s list of chick flicks is coming in handy with the Christmas knitting entertainment.
  9. Support – don’t appropriate.
  10. How to be charismatic.
  11. Each state’s most scenic drive.
  12. I’d never thought of this, but YES.
  13. Good question.
  14. Twenty-five famous women on achieving success later in life.
  15. Going on my knit list.
  16. Questions to consider before ending a friendship.
  17. I’m a winter season person. (Truth.)
  18. I remember hearing THIS when my kids were young and it is still some of the best parenting advice I’ve ever received.
  19. Why do some people become life long readers?

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  • The quiz said I’m Spring. “You love trying new things and mixing things up a bit; too much of the same thing and you’ll get bored. Spring is the start of new beginnings and there’s something super exciting to you about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and exploring your potential.”

    This is not me. I dislike new beginnings and while I like to explore my potential, I’d much rather do it in fall or winter. Just saying…

    The list of how to better support Native Americans is interesting, filled with many eye-opening ideas. I don’t say any of those derogatory things, nor would I do many of the socially awkward things on the list, but reading it did give me insight into how many of those ideas are ingrained in our lives.

  • Hi Ally Bean!! The Native American share came about because of some correction I received. I’m still learning.

    I do agree with you about the exploring potential, but that quiz*wasn’t* very scientific. 😉

  • Hi Kate,
    Gotta love Greta! What a brave girl—I’ve been so disheartened by the so-called adults who are attacking a child who is merely asking all of us to listen to the science.
    I woke up to find ants in my kitchen, so my day has not turned out as planned. I’m going to have to—once again—use this Friday Finds post to just say hi. I hope you’re doing well. (Have you started Christmas knitting?!)
    xo Marian

    • Hello, Marian!!

      I’m so sorry to hear about the ants! What a pain in the butt that can be – especially to someone who uses her kitchen as much as you!!

      I haven’t followed a lot of the Greta backlash – though I’ve heard it’s happening. It makes me sad too.

      And finally, yes, I am trying to get some Christmas knitting done. I’m not doing as many hand knit gifts as I have in the past, but I want to get the ones I have in mind finished.

      Hope the rest of your weekend goes well!

  • Hi Kate! I only read #16 from your list. It’s a quick read! Four good guidance questions to ask oneself before deciding it is time to cut a final cord.

    Have you recently dealt with or considering a friendship breakup?

    What are the other #s on your list about? Time is so precious for everyone, isn’t it? My attention seems to be constantly pulled into a mirage of distractions lately.

    Happy to see your post in my: You’ve got mail!

    • I just post things that I find interesting. If you have time to look through them, please do. If not, I don’t take offense – as you said, time is precious.

      I am not currently dealing with a friendship end, but have, and enjoyed the article.

      Hope you have a great weekend, TD.

      • Oh, I see! I thought your Friday Finds was a list of important topics for conversations and for further discussions. Now, I understand.

        I’m having delightful fall weather this weekend and enjoying my project work. Thank you for your list of reading that you found interesting!

  • I will have to come back to this (saw only at the end of my lunch), but I wanted to let you know that I tried the egg boiling (er, steaming) method recommended, and it really did work really well!

  • OK, now I’ve had a chance to explore all these lovely links. I’m always so happy when I see one of these posts from you! 🙂

    I don’t have anything profound to say in response to anything. I’m a winter person, too. (Shocker.) I appreciated the rabbit hole the Fiona Apple link took me down. I was in the thick of teaching/infertility when she hit it big, and while I was aware of her I didn’t pay much attention. I’d never seen the video until today. I agree that she’s cool AF. The link about women achieving success late in life makes me feel a little funny. I’m don’t feel old, but I’m realizing that if I were to achieve some kind of big success at this point I’d likely be considered a late late-in-life success. JK Rowling’s thoughts about needing to fail at everything else so that she could just do what she felt meant to do struck me. Maybe if I’d sucked as a teacher, I’d have become a writer. But I didn’t. And I didn’t. (Not really.) And, the art question is maybe my favorite link on this list.

    • So sorry for my late reply! Every single time I’ve sat down to write back I’ve been interrupted by a request to help with homework, a sibling dispute, or a question that needs my attention RIGHT NOW.

      I think I found the late in life success article…hopeful. Not because I expect I’m going to publish a great novel or breakthrough in any “fame” making way, but the idea of doing SOMETHING that feels significant later in life soothes the part of me that is frustrated at all I haven’t accomplished yet. (I’m quite sure these first two paragraphs are interconnected.)

      I love that we both are winter people. And the art question is probably my favorite on the list as well!! Hope you’re having a great week, Rita!

      • I’m just now getting a chance to read some of these links, and I feel like the art one needs to go viral, specifically because of this bit:
        — “It turns out that we have collectively been making a rather significant confusion between the idea of value constructed by price mechanisms out of the aggregation of our likes and purchasing power, and a genuine thought process of valuation. A mistake repeated by our political representatives spending billions on these baubles on our behalf instead of on actually beneficial things like universal university education, better health care, or climate change adaptation in poor countries. But if we wouldn’t exchange the Mona Lisa for a child’s life during a fire, we should question why we were we ever so content to make the very same choice implicitly, year after year.”
        — Thomas R. Wells absolutely nailed it with that paragraph!

        On the success in later life article: I confess I purposefully didn’t read it. Because, well, I’m pretty sure I’d get sucked down into a well of bitterness! (In other words, I feel your frustration, Kate.) If I ever manage to find the time (and defeat my anxiety) and get back to blogging, I would love to do a piece on “success.” Because I think we need to change its definition.

        Have a good weekend! 🙂

        • Oh Marian, I too held up my superwoman power defense shield in one hand with my mighty sword in the other to slay whatever dragons were to be let loose from the link on “25 famous women achieving success later in life.” I chose not to click so that I wouldn’t fall victim landing in my bed crying into the depths of (my) major depression!

          After reading the comments from you and the others, I put down my shield and read the link from curiosity.

          Ha! What I took note on the article is that part about “later in life” equated to “38-40 years of age”! My anticipation was to possibly read about how women in their 60’s, 70’s or 80’s became “famous”, if that is how one measures their own life as “success”.

          At 60 years of age, well, well; I was not famous at 38-40…
          I agree with you perhaps it is time to inspire our culture on a variety of measuring the definition of success.

          Fall and cooler temps arrived over night for the weekend here!

        • I resonated with the same part, Marian!

          Sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you!! Was visiting family in Michigan! I want that blog post, Marian. I hope you’ll find time and allow yourself!!

  • Hi Kate! I wasn’t sure from the descriptions which link to spend time. So I click the following “pot luck” style!!
    #1 I’m planning to record. It does sound like it might be a fun entertaining TV show. Looking forward to the first episode!
    #12 I started to read this, but I got distracted onto another thought. Therefore I didn’t finish the article. I watch a lot of political analysts news and read a lot of political variety through out my life. There’s so many important things going on right now at a rapid pace. Livelihood and economics are so much influenced by politics that it is important to me to pay attention.
    #13 Saving the art or people was a fun read.
    #16 On friendship: I’m glad that you aren’t currently dealing with a friendship end. For me, building friendships are an important part of life. I have come to understand that friendships support us in a variety of ways. I have found friendships come and go, in and out, of my life. Some are in my life because of a mutual activity, support system, place where I have lived or worked. It’s rare that I take an active role in ending a friendship. But when I come to realize that a friendship has drifted apart or ends, I feel the loss deeply.
    #19 On readers: The is a very good article especially for parents and teachers. Being someone with a deaf impairment at birth, I was a child with a speech impediment, separated from my peers and label as slow with poor comprehension, unable to read out loud in groups. Books were always in our home. Parents encouragement were important to my ability to learn to read at all. I’m grateful for their work and patience with me. I read more and more in my older adult years. Yet, reading out loud is still something that even my dog doesn’t like me to do. So reading (for me) takes a lot more time than most people. Speed never came, but grateful that I can read!

    Thank you for your list and patience with me. Hope that you enjoyed your weekend. I’m wondering if you’re crab apple tree or maples have changed colors or have already dropped?

    • I’m glad you had an opportunity to come back and read some things and comment, TD. I’m so glad you can find enjoyment in reading despite not being a fast reader. Reading has always been important to me and it’s definitely something I’ve wanted for both of my children. It’s something I think about a great deal so I really enjoyed that article.

      I agree that friendships are a huge support in a variety of ways. I’m pretty fortunate to have the friends (both online and off) that I do.

      As for the trees, my crab apple is starting to drop leaves (they don’t really change color as much as get dirty and dry looking and then drop) and my maples have just started to change. I love them – they change slowly from top to bottom so right now the tops are just turning a gorgeous red, the middle is yellow, and the bottom portion is still green. We’re supposed to get some quite cold temps this weekend, so we’ll be hitting peak color soon!!