Here are some things I read this week that made me think. (These are just snippets – click on the title to read the whole thing.)

50 Unique Kids’ Night Lights That Make Bedtime Fun and Easy from Home Designing

“It’s after 9pm, and it’s that time that all parents dread at one stage in their lives. Bedtime. It sounds simple – and it can be easier, with the right night light as your little helper. Round, cutesy and shaped in the form of characters or animals, we’ve put together a list of the top fifty night lights we’d choose for our children.”


Founder of Tattoo Revolution ‘Project Semicolon’ Dies at Age 31 from Elise at Yahoo Beauty

“If you’ve ever seen people with semicolon tattoos, Amy Bleuel, 31, likely inspired them. The late Green Bay, Wis., native, who struggled with self-injury, rape, and addiction, had a semicolon wrist tattoo in honor of her late father, who also died by suicide, when Bleuel was 18. She chose a semicolon, a punctuation mark that indicates a pause, to commemorate him, explaining to the Mighty in 2015, “In literature, an author uses a semicolon to not end a sentence but to continue on. We see it as you are the author, and your life is the sentence. You’re choosing to keep going.”

This Artist with Synesthesia Sees Colors in Music and Paints Your Favorite Songs via Jess at Broadly

“Q: Do certain music genres look prettier than others?”

“A: I think so. Expressive music such as funk is a lot more colorful, with all the different instruments, melodies, and rhythms creating a highly saturated effect. Guitars are generally golden and angled, and piano is more marbled and jerky because of the chords. I rarely paint acoustic music because it’s often just one person playing guitar and singing, and I never paint country songs because they’re boring muted browns. The key and tone also has an impact, so I try and paint the overall feeling of the song.”

Bach, “Cello Suite No. 1.”
Radiohead, “All I Need.”
Iron & Wine, “Boy With a Coin.”

“By the 1990s, the study authors wrote, “the same factors were at play in the parenting domain” in Europe: Parenting values became increasingly non-violent, sensitive, and supportive (read: idealized). Parents were expected to do more for their children in terms of education and attention — and all while an unprecedented amount of women were leaving home and entering the workforce, effectively giving parents more to do with much less time. So it’s not surprising that the study found that around 12 percent of parents surveyed were suffering from a “high level” of parental burnout — that is, experiencing all three criteria (exhaustion, inefficacy, and detachment) more than once a week.”
“Understand that autism is a wide spectrum disorder. This means that symptoms vary from person to person. No two autistic individuals will experience the exact same symptoms. One person might have severe sensory issues with strong social skills and executive function, while another may have little sensory issues while struggling with basic social interaction. Due to this variation in symptoms, it is hard to generalize this condition.”
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“It might seem odd for a group of people who bonded over a love of lingerie to make a statement by stripping their clothes off altogether, but then, the lingerie isn’t really the point…Plus, glitter just makes everything better, doesn’t it?”
“Many of the items on my Punch Me in the Face list are considered faux pas in any situation. They are a hundred times more egregious when put in the context of a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship. I don’t know why these behaviors seem so prevalent in the elder, supposedly wiser generation, but I do know I will keep this list at the ready lest a friend one day feel that ominous tug, that devilish whisper in her ear that falsely emboldens her to put her nose where it doesn’t belong.
So I can give her a good, hard punch to the face.”
“#10. Offer unsolicited advice. Please, please push me down a flight of stairs if I give my daughter-in-law unsolicited advice. And afterward, while I’m recovering in the hospital, remind me that no one, no one likes unsolicited advice, but especially not daughters-in-law.”