September Link Love


What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the Internet. Yup, I was born before 1985. Were you? I definitely know what it was like to call landlines, living without a smartphone and not having the internet at the tip of my fingertips for everything. Those were simpler times. I wrote more letters and read more books.

No bake almond butter + strawberry jam breakfast bars. Oh these look so good!

Duh! No-brainer. Why do people not understand that? Paying people to stay home when they’re sick results in fewer people getting sick.

I’ve seen this happen over and over again: people will suffer through an awful lot of pain before they’re ready to change something about their situation. It’s almost counterintuitive, but I guess people are after all creatures of habit and change is hard and why we so often only start to make changes when the pain gets great enough.

When love isn’t as simple as standing by your man. I thought this was so well-written. Life can be so hard, so complicated, and it’s nobody’s fault.

Take the pressure off and add these four words to the end of your email (if applicable).

Scientists have figured out the ultimate US road trip. Oh, I wanna go? Who wants to come?

Milwaukee shows what segregation does to American cities.

Kindness goes a long way.

In need of some desktop background zen?

The unexpectedly existential roots of adjective order – talk nerdy to me! I am a grammar nerd! “It pleases the ear to have adjectives placed like concentric circles, radiating out from the center of the noun.” “linguists unearth the structures underlying the way we speak. While it’s hard to articulate, there is logic there: Nouns and adjective are like friends — the ones who share the most in common can always be found close together.”

  1. I was also born before 1985 so I remember life without internet. I feel like the internet really took off when I was in the upper years of high school, and really took off when I was in college. So I remember doing research for HS term papers using periodicals that would summarize where to find articles about a particular topic and then the librarian would order said articles for me. That sure changed in college when the internet made it so much easier to do research!

    The Milwaukee article is interesting. Have you heard of the book, “Evicted”? The author tells the story of 8 families that live the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee. It’s on my request list at the library and I am hoping to read it before the end of the year. I’ve heard it’s very well-written and eye-opening. The author is a professor at Harvard, I think.

  2. 1983 in da house! I’m in that in between generation where I have one foot in X and one in Y. Yes, I remember the landlines, the encyclopedias, flannel and combat boots, messing with antennas to get the best TV reception, having to wait to use the phone. But I also remember when the Internet “came out” and I’d spend countless hours waiting patiently for the dialup signal only to spend the majority of my time hanging out in AOL chat rooms. I remember getting my first Nokia cell phone my senior year in HS and carrying a laptop to my college classes. I think we had a more simple childhood that involved a lot of outdoor time but we had enough exposure to technology that we don’t fear it. In retrospect, it was a pretty good time to be a kid.

  3. I remember life with CORDED PHONES (Gasp). OMG that last article on adjectives. Yum. I love it.

  4. 1982! We got dial-up internet when I was a sophomore or junior in HS. Ahh, what a different life. Also, those bars look AMAZING and i am definitely going to try some version of those :-)

  5. That US road trip looks awesome! So wish I could do that. One day!

  6. Oh that feeling of the pain being just too much before you are able to make a change.
    I would totally join you on that road trip! Totally!
    Love the wallpapers, in fact, I just downloaded two of them!
    I remember those days of landlines and Telefonzellen all too well!
    Happy Wednesday! xxx

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