Memento Mori

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How one gets to happy and happily ever after

Jillian Lauren in Modern Love

I understand why redemption stories end at Happily Ever After. Who wants to see a married Sleeping Beauty staring out the castle window and wondering if volunteering with Habitat for Humanity might fill that void where she once had a sense of purpose? You know — back when snagging the Prince and circumventing that pesky curse was all she had to think about. But in my fairy tale, what it took for me to change wasn’t one big vow made at one climactic moment, but a series of small and consistent daily decisions to behave in a more loving way toward myself. [link]

Westward expansion as a way to redirect the energy of post civil war soldiers

Selection from “How the Civil War Became the Indian Wars” by Cothran and Kelman in the NYT

In the years after the Civil War, federal officials contemplated the problem of demilitarization. Over one million Union soldiers had to be mustered out or redeployed. Thousands of troops remained in the South to support Reconstruction. Thousands more were sent West. Set against that backdrop, the project of continental expansion fostered sectional reconciliation. Northerners and Southerners agreed on little at the time except that the Army should pacify Western tribes. Even as they fought over the proper role for the federal government, the rights of the states, and the prerogatives of citizenship, many Americans found rare common ground on the subject of Manifest Destiny. [link]

I wonder if this explains the divide on standing desks

A new study suggests that for children with attention disorders, hyperactive movements meant better performance on a task that requires concentration. The researchers gave a small group of boys, ages 8 to 12, a sequence of random letters and numbers. Their job: Repeat back the numbers in order, plus the last letter in the bunch. All the while, the kids were sitting in a swiveling chair.

For the subjects diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, moving and spinning in the chair were correlated with better performance. For typically developing kids, however, it was the opposite: The more they moved, the worse they did on the task. [npr]

Walking the Line of Blackness: 16 students from U Michigan give personal accounts of racial harassment

“The following film features masters students from the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy. These 16 black students share their thoughts, experiences, and struggles of being black in America. This project was inspired by recent media coverage of unarmed Black and Brown bodies who were slain after interactions with the police. These incidents have sparked a national discussion about race and what it means to be recognized as a full citizen here in the United States.”