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An interesting conversation took place on Facebook and email, and I thought I would bring it to a new space in order to continue it (by which I mean, rope more people in).  I watched the Doctor Who Christmas special along with 8 billion other Whovians.  You may notice that I said 8 billion and […]

IComLeavWe: January 2015

Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point. Blogging is a conversation and comments should be honoured and encouraged. I like to say that comments are the new hug–a […]

526th Friday Blog Roundup

Hello, very quiet Internet. Hopefully you’re recovering from yesterday’s festivities. Or non-festivities if you don’t celebrate Christmas.  As a bookend to the last post, break down your day into the following categories: high point, low point, best gift, delicious eat. High Point: Time to read! Low Point: Not enough hours in the day. Best Gift: […]

Silent Night

This is always the quietest time in the blogosphere.  It’s as if a giant snowstorm has buried all the keyboards.  Even when it’s not a White Christmas, there’s sort of a figurative snow. I sort of imagine all of us like dots on a board — little pinpricks of light when we’re online and a […]

#MicroblogMondays 17: First Date Selfie

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Apparently, first date selfies are a “thing.”  As in, kids today are taking a picture together on their first date and posting it to Instagram with the tag #firstdateselfie. It took me many months to […]

Explaining Santa and His Mysterious Ways

So I saw an interesting photo on a friend’s Facebook wall: Which is an interesting point and one I never thought about before; mostly because the gifts my kids receive (with the exception of money from the tooth fairy) comes from humans they know.  Discrepancies with money from the tooth fairy can be explained with […]

525th Friday Blog Roundup

It’s Chanukkah. I’m actually really not a fan of Chanukkah in general. It’s sort of a nothing holiday that has been given inflated importance because it falls on the calendar near Christmas. There’s not a lot you do for it: light the chanukkiah, eat fried foods, maybe play a round of dreidel.  See, not that […]

Expect to Live the Life You Choose

There was one other thing about Me Before You that struck me (beyond it being an exact copy of another book), and that was a line that came on page 260: “Everything takes time… and that’s something that your generation find it a lot harder to adjust to. You have all grown up expecting things […]

Me Before You and Dying Young

This post contained spoilers for Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and Dying Young by Marti Leimbach.  Don’t read this post if you haven’t read these books and think you may want to read them in the future.  Though read on if both books don’t sound like your cup of tea since this is really […]

#MicroblogMondays 16: Give or Receive?

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. An interesting breakdown in holiday commercials is how many show a person receiving something they want (I’ve been good all year and now I get a car!) and how many show someone giving the perfect […]

Creme de la Creme List Closes Tomorrow

So the Creme de la Creme list for 2014 closes tomorrow night.  Monday night, 11:59 pm ET, final moment to submit to the 2014 list.  After that, no entries will be accepted.  The list itself will post on January 1st. This is likely also your final chance to be part of this 9-year project.  While […]

524th Friday Blog Roundup

This week was Hour of Code.  I ran it again for every class in the twins’ school.  Kindergarten and first graders worked with a Lego WeDo.  The second and third grades did projects in Scratch.  And the fourth and fifth grades programmed their own interactive fiction games.  They all learned how to write their name […]

Going on a Me Date

I decided to ask myself out on a date.  It was a combination of Days of Grace’s post coupled with Alphabet Salad’s post.  I was just thinking that I like myself, and I’m sort of good company even when I’m remaining silent and just reading because it isn’t socially acceptable to talk to myself in […]

Not All Reading is Equal

Not a Wasted Word sent me an article about how the brains of people who read fiction are different from the brains of people who do all other forms of reading: non-fiction, surfing the Web, Twitter, etc.  It begins, It’s not news that reading has countless benefits: Poetry stimulates parts of the brain linked to memory and […]

#MicroblogMondays 15: Favourite Colours

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I’m not really surprised with my score on the colour test because I already knew that colour affects me deeply.  I’m aware this will make me sound like the narrator of The Rosie Project, but […]

Wait… I Have a Second Party Trick

So Earthandink had a post about tetrachromancy, and while there is no test you can take online to see if you are a tetrachromat, there IS a test you can take to check your colour acuity. Did I take it?  Uh… yes, I did. And it made me feel really good about myself.  Actually, let’s […]

523rd Friday Blog Roundup

My Queen’s Greatest Hits CD died.  I got this CD before I even had a CD player.  An ex-boyfriend from college gave it to me because he knew I loved Queen.  I pointed out that I had no way to play it.  (This was back in the good old days of the Walkman.)  He told […]

Assigning Blame: IVF and the Twin Situation

I read the Newsweek article on twins this week.  Of course I did.  I have twins due to fertility treatments.  Amy Klein is usually a smart writer, and I’m always interested in the rehashing of the single-embryo-transfer meets non-insurance-coverage debate.  It isn’t financially feasible to go with single embryo transfers when there is no insurance […]

IVF Use in America: State IVF Rates and Rankings [Map]

Americans love in vitro fertilization. Despite the fact that IVF is expensive and most insurance plans don’t cover it, more than 50,000 American children a year are born using the procedure. That works out to more than 1 percent of US births annually! The people of Washington D.C. Show More Summary

Why Can’t I Have Sex If I Donate Eggs?

Reader Karen S. from Atlanta, Georgia writes: I’m looking to donate my eggs, but I read on a couple web sites that egg donors can’t have sex when they’re donating. I understand why they don’t want me taking birth control pills or hormonal...Show More Summary

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