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All the Hidden Jewish Students at Hogwarts

Right before winter break, there was a small backlash against JK Rowling online.  She was answering a fan’s question, and she stated that there had been a Jewish student at Hogwarts all along, even though there was nothing marking him as Jewish in any of the books:.@benjaminroffman Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard. — J.K. […]

529th Friday Blog Roundup

I learned about the Love Actualized set of questions from a New York Times article.  If you click on that link, you can play them from your phone or computer.  It’s 36 questions of increasing intimacy that you ask back and forth with another person such as your partner or close friend.  You start out […]

Basted Eggs

Why had no one told me about basted eggs? Josh went out to breakfast and ordered something called basted eggs.  He took a photo and texted it to me.  They looked like perfect eggs over medium: whites fully cooked, yolks runny. Last night, we were both still hungry after dinner and decided we wanted an […]

Staying or Going in the Infertility World

So I read two articles back-to-back, and (of course) they reminded me of our little corner of the blogosphere, the ALI community.  Neither had anything to do with infertility on the surface.  But, you know, I can make anything about my wonky ovaries. Image: Jenny Downing via Flickr Send the Elevator Back Down So the […]

The Generation After the Willy Loman Generation

I was going to put this at the bottom of the last post, but I think it warrants a totally separate discussion.  I was referring to current adults as the Willy Loman generation. We’re the generation that saw the gatekeepers removed.  Okay, not really removed, but shunted out of the way on certain streets.  We […]

The Willy Loman Generation

Trigger warning: this post contains a story about suicide.  Please tread carefully or don’t read this post if this topic is a sensitive one for you. The Washington Post ran a story this past weekend.  I read it because a friend linked to it on Facebook.  And then I couldn’t stop talking about it.  I […]

#MicroblogMondays 21: Internal Clock

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. The Atlantic had an article last week about individual internal clocks, and how we’re not all programmed to be productive between 9 and 5.  I mean, yes, most people are good waking up in the […]

Should You Go on That Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip? Or, uh, Experience Infertility?

Discovery magazine peed in my Cheerios with their article about how having an extraordinary experience can ultimately bring you down.  Apparently we don’t really savour the memories after a big trip like we would an expensive piece of chocolate.  We more gag and choke on the memories once the experience is over. Crap. The reason […]

528th Friday Blog Roundup

The twins had to have their first real blood draw this week.  I put it off for a while because they were nervous, but I finally told them that it had to come off my to-do list.  It went better than expected, but I should probably add that my expectations were that we (1) would […]

Quotient Cafe: Common Core Math

This post will only make sense (and be useful) if you are in 4th grade, in America, learning Common Core math, and have encountered the dreaded Quotient Cafe method.  But I am putting this here in case you are (1) in 4th grade, (2) live in America, (3) are learning Common Core math, and (4) […]

Infertility: It’s Just Science

Finally, an article on a mainstream site that marvels in the reach of science instead of instilling fear in the public.  i09 published “The Beautiful Strangeness of Conceiving Through Science,” a really interesting (albeit long) piece this week from a person who has conceived twins after an IUI. Starting with the surprise of infertility — […]

Taylor Negron and the Average Person

Character actor, Taylor Negron, died over the weekend, and his final article on XOJane has been making the rounds through social media.  In case you haven’t encountered it yet, or didn’t click over to read it when it floated by, you have a chance now.  It is a very good article. It begins: After 30 […]

#MicroblogMondays 20: Learn Something

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Back in college, retirees used to come in the summer and audit classes as part of an elderhostel.  I told myself that when I was older, I would go spend time at colleges around the […]

The Most Uncomfortable Conversation: Asking Parents About Their Guns

I’ve written about this before, but the funny thing is, the question about gun ownership and storage hasn’t gotten any easier to ask since I started doing it.  You would think that now that I have had the conversation many times over, I would have found the magic combination of nouns and verbs and adjectives […]

527th Friday Blog Roundup

So I gave up my Hay Day farm… at least, temporarily.  My virtual farm replaced Candy Crush last year as my obsession-of-choice.  I took it up to the 70th level, opened all the fishing slots, bought all the machines, all the animals, all the crops, and gathered over $3 million in virtual coins and 300 […]

Fresh Starts

On December 31st, I took off my problems and hung them over the back of the chair like a pair of jeans. And on January 1st, I woke up in the morning and put back on my problems, because, hey, they looked sort of clean.  Because that’s the thing with artificial, man-made starting points like […]

International Blog Delurking Week 2015

Back in the olden days of the Internet, the first full week of January was declared International Delurking Week, and I still celebrate this ancient holiday. It runs this year from the 4th until the 10th, so you have about five days to slither out of the reading closet and check in with an “I’m […]

#MicroblogMondays 19: Caught in a Good Book

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I’m now on the second book in Lev Grossman’s Magicians series.  I started reading it because I was working on creating an interactive fiction game about witchcraft and Josh suggested it.  And while I’m still […]

Our Community

Some people I read mentioned an argument that took place on Twitter near Christmas.  Hurt feelings ignited like flames on candles, burning brightly or fizzling out after a few moments of smoldering.  I didn’t see the original discussion, mostly because I’ve been keeping off of social media. (With the exception of blogs; I never do […]

Creme de la Creme of 2014

For the ninth year running, the ALI community kicks off the new year by celebrating our best posts of the last year. So what is the Creme de la Creme list if this is your first time here? It was started as a response to the many blogging awards that are given out each winter. […]

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