Sanity!

Bookmark this page for those times when we need a bit of sanity. Sometimes, it’s emotional, it’s reassurance. Other times, it’s inspiration and getting one’s mojo back.

Signal v Noise. The blog of the 37 Signals company. Read this if you are a budding technology entrepreneur – it’s also very well written, so is interesting for non-technology people as well.

Anne Lamott. Legend novelist and opinion writer, single mum, feminist and Christian. I love her.

Jezebel. Fantastically straight and feminist online mag. Stops me from going insane from the dominant paradigm.

“Hey, parents! Have you always dreamed of your daughter being known worldwide as an oddly sexualized orange baby whose pants are eternally being eaten off by a dog?” (May 3 2012)

Manboobs. Fighting misogyny on the internet, boob by boob.

27bslash6. David Thorne’s brilliant yet naughty comic writing.

“Martin has a degree in fine arts and is a Windows expert. If you have a computer problem, Martin is your man. When he is not solving problems that no-one else can at work, he enjoys listening to live jazz, fishing and playing with his dog Tolkien.”

Germaine Greer, various

“Women feel more guilt than men, not because of some weird chromosomal issue but because they have a history of being blamed for other people’s behavior. You get hit, you must have annoyed someone; you get raped, you must have excited someone; your kid is a junkie, you must have brought him up wrong.”

Tara Moss – Our Beautiful Meritocracy

“I for one wish these so-called scientists and philosophers and politicians and women’s groups would stop all their whinging about equal pay and the ‘sexist’ status quo. Organisations like The Stella Prize should wake up to all this whining they are doing and realise that they are threatening the harmony of our beautiful meritocracy with their questions about bias and their insistence on promoting the writings of women.”

Sash Milne – The reason single mums should be celebrated

“There is so much silence, and in that silence I am sure there are other mothers suffering. Truly suffering with little or no input from outside of the relationship she has with her child. But why can’t she speak up? What have we done as a society that has alienated all of us from each other. Where asking for help is seen as a weakness? Where offering help is a last resort?”

Sash’s blog: Inked In Color

NEW! David Morrison, head of the ADF
David Morrison, head of the Australian army, gives abusive ADF members a total bollocking and in so doing validates the rest of us.  Australian Army Chief Demonstrates How to Properly Confront Sex Abuse

“Female soldiers and officers have proven themselves worthy of the best traditions of the Australian army… If that does not suit you, then get out… There is no place for you amongst this band of brothers and sisters.”

Cath Janes, The Kraken Wakes

“Forming a black hole of fury so you don’t have to”

Stephen Fry on loneliness and depression:

“most people, a surging, warm, caring majority, have been kind. Almost too kind. There’s something a little flustering and embarrassing when a taxi-driver shakes you by the hand, looks deep into your eyes and says “You look after yourself, mate, yes? Promise me?” 

The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion: Kristin Neff at TEDxCentennialParkWomen

When we criticise ourselves we are tapping into our fight-or-flight system – we are confusing a threat to ourselves with a threat to our perception of ourselves. But we are also mammals, so our bodies are programmed to warmth, gentle touch and soft vocalisations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvtZBUSplr4&feature=youtu.be

When you need a good cry

Jimmy Stewart reads a poem about his dog, Beau, who passed away: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/the-dog-poem-that-made-johnny-carson-cry?utm_source=Freekibble&utm_medium=Quiz&utm_campaign=Nov262013

 

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