Saturday, September 24, 2011

Weekend Links - September 24, 2011

1. Salted caramel hot chocolate. Oh. My. Word.

2. I want this skirt. I'll freely admit I don't need it. But it is Adorable and I want it. 

3. Turns out the opinions we read online do influence us. I think this is a mixed blessing. Speaking for myself, when I ordered a new crock pot from Amazon the other day the reviews and starred rating really helped me narrow down my choices. Now, on things like books or homeschool materials I pretty much only give credence to trusted sources like people I actually know and who know me.

This brings me to a somewhat related rant: I heard a radio host go on a rant a week or so because people are posting their opinions online about stuff like books. He said he saw a book a friend of his had written and there were something like 800 positive reviews and 100 negative and he just couldn't figure out why people think other folks care about their opinion - the negative reviewers, not the positive. (He called people posting online reviews narcissists). The fact that those 100 people might genuinely have had concerns about aforesaid book didn't seem to occur to him.

See here's the thing: just because the majority has one opinion doesn't mean that the minority isn't allowed to express the opposite opinion. This is America, folks.

So, anyway, to make a long rant short(er): I'm not going to accept a sermon on narcissism by someone who has a radio show named after themselves (coughDave Ramseycough) or someone who puts their picture on every issue of "their" magazine. (I'm looking at you Oprah. Every doggone month.) We may be a narcissistic culture (I think we probably are) but those type folks have forfeited their right to lecture the rest of us about it.

And, as the link above tells us, online influence is real. Nothing is hidden so, if you wouldn't say it to a friend you probably ought not to be posting it on Facebook, your blog or an Amazon review.

Moving on now.

4. The New York Times had an interesting article (hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day!) about Family Happiness and the Overbooked Child. This parental guilt that we will deprive our child(ren) of finding their passion if we don't let them try EVERY EXTRA ACTIVITY AVAILABLE has got to stop. Here's the thing: prodigies do exist. And if, for instance, your child is some type of genius, you will probably recognize that right away. So I give you permission to banish that guilt of not putting your child in gymnastics when she is already taking piano and playing soccer.

5. This post about Homeschool Blindspots has gotten a lot of play around the homeschool blogosphere recently. It's well worth reading. (There are some grammatical errors that grate on my nerves. No one has to "peal" anyone off of the ceiling. Peel, maybe. But never peal.)

6. A homeschool parent responded to Disney's teacher of the year in this post. And another teacher also responded. Great fuel for thought in both posts.

7. For the humor / writing department: the world's funniest analogies. Here's my favorite:
The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling
ball wouldn't.
Stumbled on anything interesting lately? Share in the comments.

P.S. Blogger tells me that this is my 900th post. Wow. That's a lot of rants, book lists and stories about my adorable children.

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