pol102:

globalvoices:

By 2050, French could be the most-spoken language in the world, ahead of English and even Mandarin.
750 Million People Expected to Speak French by 2050

Wait. What?!

Vindicated.

pol102:

globalvoices:

By 2050, French could be the most-spoken language in the world, ahead of English and even Mandarin.

750 Million People Expected to Speak French by 2050

Wait. What?!

Vindicated.

officialcomedy:

Help Raise Money For NYC Comedian Liz Dye
NYC comedian Liz Dye was hit by the subway and needs your help to pay her medical expenses. click here to donate.

My friend Liza is a brilliant comic, a gifted actor, and a lovely lady who fell onto the tracks in front of an NYC subway train. She’s maintaining a wonderful attitude, and the NYC comedy family is wrapping her I love, but she could sure use financial help.(In other news, I blame Lorne Michaels.)

officialcomedy:

Help Raise Money For NYC Comedian Liz Dye

NYC comedian Liz Dye was hit by the subway and needs your help to pay her medical expenses. click here to donate.

My friend Liza is a brilliant comic, a gifted actor, and a lovely lady who fell onto the tracks in front of an NYC subway train. She’s maintaining a wonderful attitude, and the NYC comedy family is wrapping her I love, but she could sure use financial help.

(In other news, I blame Lorne Michaels.)

(via robdelaney)

Twenty Winters

Twenty years ago this month I became a college dropout. I offered many arguments in favor of quitting school and leaving behind a huge scholarship at what had been my dream college: Boston was too cold. Boston got dark too early. Boston was too far from home. My program at Boston University was narrow and constricting and awash in the hormones of hyper-competition. All of these were true, but they weren’t the truth.

I was depressed. Acutely, nearly catastrophically, depressed. I’d been a slightly-more-sullen-than-ordinary teenager, but this was something else entirely. And mine was an angry, defiant depression—this depression didn’t keep me inside, suffocated and immobile; this depression was loud and wanted to be known; this depression would argue with anyone who dared to suggest that the future of my life might contain light and warmth and possibility.

In the twenty winters since, I have often been weary and glum, overwhelmed and disgruntled. It’s kind of my winter thing. But I have never since felt myself so recklessly endangered by my own thoughts.

I couldn’t help but think about all of this today as I ran a cold and wet loop around my neighborhood; running has been my anti-depression drug of choice for years now. For this and so many other reasons, the eighteen-year-old I was would have found the thirty-eight-year-old I am both familiar and unrecognizable.

The eighteen-year-old would see my crooked nose and prominent chin first—she was always so quick to judge. The eighteen-year-old would be, I think, pleased to see I’m not yet too old for freckles, that my hair is still relatively undulled by gray. The eighteen-year-old would look around for the bear or alligator that surely must be chasing me—the only logical explanation she would have for my running at all, much less outside in freezing rain.

But beyond the recognizable, if slightly wrinkled and confusing, exterior, she would not be able to see so many other things: The scar on my leg earned while taking a night’s kitchen trash to the dumpster at Spago. The years of aimless drifting through dead-end jobs and last-ditch gambits. The two years living alone in a brown shag-carpeted, faux-wood-paneled hovel. The cross-country trips with David and the years we lived apart. The absurdity of studying for law school exams with a baby on my knee. The exquisite joy and pain of motherhood.

Then, in something out of Borges, I would show her a YouTube video of the time that Boris Yeltsin made Bill Clinton  fall apart with laughter during a press conference, and we would, in turn, fall apart laughing together, and that is how she would know I am really she.

I am so grateful to my eighteen-year-old self that she fought back when her brain was trying to kill her. That she kept trudging through the angry darkness. That she delivered a nineteen-year-old me in more or less one piece to start college over.  That she survived a miserable Seattle winter to deliver me—on bald tires—through a blizzard in the Cascades to Los Angeles in 1998. That she braved her way through years of agonizing self-doubt and misdirected potential to the steps of law school. That she has stood up and spoken out when her back was bent and her voice was hoarse. That she had the combination of strength and good fortune to arrive, still inside of me now, at this cold and rainy day, cheerfully awaiting a promised snowfall.

The scary thing about depression is that it can come on like an allergy—out of nowhere, strong and resistant to intervention. I cannot say whether I will be lucky enough to escape its ravages in the future. I can only hope that if and when that heavy darkness returns, my future self will be as brave and strong and lucky as she was as an eighteen-year-old college dropout.



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"I was very encouraged and surprised to see the number of countries that are now performing in the top tier that also have significant levels of child poverty. They are not the Nordic utopia of Finland that you hear about."

Amanda Ripley, journalist and author of “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way,” on today’s announcement of results from the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA). (via pritheworld)

Yes, let us celebrate that child poverty continues to be a devastating reality in so-called developed nations, including the United States. Imagine the performance of these same countries if they shared the same commitment to caring for people in poverty (or, gasp, reducing rates of poverty) that they do to high-stakes testing. Oy.

(Source: pri.org, via pol102)

cameronblazer:

Yesterday, I learned—thanks to U.S. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan—that my unease about the virtually nationwide adoption of Common Core Standards for education is not about the facts. No, Secretary Duncan helpfully mansplained, “suburban white moms” like me oppose the Common Core because the tests designed to evaluate them show that our kids aren’t actually “brilliant” after all.

So helpful!

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parislemon:

evangotlib:

petapeta:

30 оригинальных фотографий — Интересное — Релакс!

I would never take this off if it were mine.  Never.

Amazing.

My favorite part is the transliterated Yngliski in the link’s title: 30 Originalnik photography Interesnoyeh—Relaks!

parislemon:

evangotlib:

petapeta:

30 оригинальных фотографий — Интересное — Релакс!

I would never take this off if it were mine.  Never.

Amazing.

My favorite part is the transliterated Yngliski in the link’s title: 30 Originalnik photography Interesnoyeh—Relaks!

This is what I do for a living. It is a hard row to hoe even on good days. And there appear to be very few good days ahead.

On writing mostly true stories

It’s so tempting to imagine a drug or a hormone that would free me, grant me clarity from the foggy jumble that settles over me when I think about writing down what I believe is important in the form of a story. Although I spent much of my childhood as a fabulist, making up lies like it was my job (“No, really, my grandmother’s house has been struck by lightning seven times.” That one got traction during a third-grade unit on the phases of matter. Plasma!), I find it nearly impossible now—painful, even—to take the risk of imagining, as a writer, alternate realities from this one odd-around-the-edges but generally suburban middle class one. Are my truths really that self-evident? Or am I missing something fundamentally necessary in the mind of the writer?

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nprfreshair:

I know I’ve already had more than I deserve.
These lungs that rise and fall without effort,
the husband who sets free house lizards,
this red-doored ranch, my mother on the phone,
the fact that I can eat anything—gouda, popcorn,
massaman curry—without worry. Sometimes
I feel like I’ve been…

Goosebumps.

Nothing like starting your day by writing a smackdown note to your child’s first grade teacher—in red pen.