Random Monday

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• Articles like this – How Food Companies Exploit Americans with Ingredients Banned in Other Countries are what continue to motivate me to feed my family the highest quality food I possible can. Knowing the food industry and the FDA act in ways that are diametrically opposed to that goal makes it a struggle.

• Eric Holder is a terrible Attorney General. There. I said it. This in particular is frightening.

• The always thought-provoking Peter Gray at the Freedom to Learn blog at Psychology Today with a brutally honest post on the damage that playing football does to young men’s bodies.

I have a lot of mixed feeling about sports. Obviously, being active and athletic is a good thing. But the hysteria that surrounds sports? No thanks. Kids don’t seem to play for fun anymore. And I’m not interested in promoting the idea that every single interest has to “go” somewhere and be practiced with rabid devotion. I often think that Little would be great at gymnastics. She’s always flopping all over the damn place. But if we do enroll her, I know I will have to keep a sharp eye out for negative body talk and dieting nonsense. It makes me wary.

Cake-Batter-Flavored Chapstick? GROSS.


• It’s moving day! Hopefully it all goes smoothly. Maybe the boxes will turn out to be so organized that they practically unpack themselves. Maybe Past Deb had mercy on Future Deb. Maybe I will find a big bag of money in one of them. Fingers crossed, people.

• Happy Monday, y’all! Link up with your Randomness below!

4 Responses to “Random Monday”

  1. Ingi Says:

    With you on the sport thing. Don’t like how we hero worship people who can hit balls or run fast (Oscar Pretorius anyone?).

    The chapstick? No thanks!

  2. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem Says:

    I pulled my daughter out of gymnastics after 3 years upon hearing a pair of 10 year old girls in the locker room talking about how the coaches had told them to lose some weight if they wanted to stay competitive.

    These kids didn’t even have signs of puberty yet and were, if anything, a little on the thin side to begin with. Horrifying.
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  3. Kristy Says:

    That food article was really disturbing. I’m moving to Europe.

    It’s hard for me to comment on the football/sports thing. Football is sort of big is this house. But one big knock to the head and he would be done though.

    I hope Past Deb has made your job easy! Good luck with the move.
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  4. Karen@Candid Diversions Says:

    Eric Holder makes Janet Reno look like a reasonable, intelligent person in comparison. THAT’s bad.

    We’ve kept our girls out of dance classes because of the body image thing. I will not have my 11 year old dieting or watching her weight.

    Actually, we’ve kept them out of a lot of organized sports because of those types of things. Adults who yell at eight year olds for missing a shot in basketball? Not having it.
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