Weekend Coffee Links – Labor Day Edition


Welcome to your long weekend, my friends. I hope you’re taking the time to treat yourself and spend a little extra time with your loved ones doing something fun.  Or at least not working. Because working on 3-day weekends is actually illegal. True fact. As you’re reading this, I’m on a train down to Long Island to surprise my dad for his birthday.  But don’t ruin my cover, I’m hopin’ for tears! ;)

But you know the drill. Below you’ll find some of my top link picks for the week.  Have something that caught your eye? Feel free to share it with the group.

  • A year of biblical study: An evangelist blogger is spending the next 12 months living out the Bible’s instructions for women.  What makes this story particular interesting is that Rachel Held Evans isn’t someone looking to make a joke (like AJ Jacobs did in his awesome book), she really believes it, which I think is pretty cool.
  • How to fix our math education: Why most people would be better served learning how mortgages are priced and how computers are programmed rather than the “pure math” educators keep trying to shove down our throats.
  • A Timetable for Disarmament: Another piece from Slate. This one tells you how long you should wait until cutting off a trapped limb. What? You never know when this kind of information could come in handy! Er, no pun intended.
  • Addiction, Sobriety and a Scandal: Melissa Petro shares what happened after she triggered a firestorm revealing her past as a sex worker and how it cost her a career as an educator.   Controversial, sure, but she definitely has an interesting look on things.
  • The Science of Gawker’s Nerd Baiting: For those of us in the publishing business, this is a really interesting read about how sometimes those little games we play for pageviews and comments just come back to bite us.
  • The open road: Why “the open road” really isn’t the epitome of freedom that many people think it is and what freedom really means.
  • 61 year-old veteran makes the cut as a small-college kicker: Proof you can pick up your career at any age.  Also worth reading is Pershing’s female lineman is right at home on the football field because their lineman is actually a man.  It’s a woman.

And that’s it! A pretty meaty collection this week. I hope you guys have a fantastic week and we’ll see you here on Tuesday.

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