Fascism in Florida: Florida teachers are being told to remove all books from their classroom libraries OR FACE FELONY PROSECUTION
Hm, I guess that’s all I have for links this week. :/
First Gen American asks:
Do sabbaticals work? If someone is burnt out, does it really help light the fire back under your butt by getting a break?
In my experience, yes!
Though coming back after is always difficult. I tend to be more relaxed and get less done until I get overloaded and burned out again. And thus the cycle continues.
But the best thing about sabbaticals is breaking all the service ties and usually it takes a little bit for those to get rebuilt. (Envisioning Gulliver in Lilliput right now as a metaphor.)
I don’t have any experience with non-academic sabbaticals. I don’t think unemployment spells are really the same thing at all.
Grumpy Nation– Do Sabbaticals Work?
This is not a sponsored post!
Back in graduate school when we had very little money, I bought a Le Crueset Dutch oven with my first NSF fellowship check (I got paid once a semester) along with a bed mattress (the rest went to paying my mother back for loaning us last month’s rent and deposit). It was extremely important to me and I wasn’t sure how I would be able to cook without a good quality Dutch oven.
Fast forward ~25 years– DH drops the lid on our floor and the lid cracks all the way through, both the enamel and the metal underneath.
DH called Le Crueset to ask if there was a way to buy a new lid. They said there was not, but if we sent the entire pot back (at our expense), they would send us a new replacement (at their expense). No receipt needed.
We sent it back. About three weeks later, we got a brand new one, with a nicer knob than we originally had (one of the metal ones that you can use in the oven when making Jim Lahey’s no knead bread).
It’s just like the old one (but with the better knob).
We were so happy that DH reminded me that he’d always wanted to get a larger size. So I said yes and suggested a dark blue to match the stand mixer and our kitchen’s trim. So that should be in our future. We also have a smaller one for rice that we got once we had more money and could indulge in that luxury.
They are expensive, but you can’t really beat the customer service. Plus it’s just so much of a better product than the cheap dutch ovens you can get at Target (we used a hand-me-down one of those for a year while on leave– not as nice).
This Donors Choose in Texas (!) only has 6-7 days left and is trying to buy a trans book and books on social justice and books with minority protagonists (and also, oddly, The Westing Game, which seems a bit out of place compared to the rest of the list, but I’m a fan). The more people that donate and the closer it gets to being completed, the more likely Donors Choose will be to advertise it to people looking for places to give before it expires.
Chocolate brands have too much lead and cadmium in them. It’s possibly we shouldn’t fixate on chocolate because everything has too much lead in it? But also…
This is a game changer: Some 529 money can be converted to IRA Roth money.
AI errors in published articles.
If you recall me complaining about Case Western emailing too much…
If you recall, Debbie M won this year’s most commenting award! For her prize she got to choose a charity for us to donate to.
She chose The Rainforest Foundation:
Rainforest Foundation US protects rainforests in partnership with indigenous peoples since 1989
Here is their Charity Navigator rating.
We contributed $50 in honor of Debbie M.
This graph of covid hospitalizations over time is informative (and probably the only consistent information we have!)
Revanche discusses her Lakota giving project and how you can help.
Did you know that men are more likely to have belly button lint than are women? Here’s why! (also why #notallmen)
Are you an economist looking for diverse speakers to bring out? Here’s a list!
An explanation of why seemingly successful series are being completed but then not even shown. Spoiler: It’s for a tax break.
This may be a spoiler if you haven’t read the first two Oz books, and really you should read the first three Oz books. The first is iconic. The second is waaay ahead of its time in terms of social commentary and is the subject of this article that explains why homophobes and transphobes hating on the new movie are completely stupid. And the third (Ozma of Oz) is just extremely tightly plotted and has some of the creepiest like, the creepiest, villains in the entire series (and is probably the best book of the entire series, IMO). All the Oz books are available for free as e-books and your library probably has paper copies of the first three with marvelous illustrations somewhere.