Amanda Gates

Friday I'm in Love

I missed last week due to the holiday, so a couple of these are hold overs. Here's what (and who) I'm loving lately:

+ Anderson Cooper: No, it wasn't a surprise, but it was eloquent and heartfelt. In addition, I respect his views on being a good journalist. Not enough news journalists these days think this way: "For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own. I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist."

+ Walking Dead: I'm excited and frightened for Season 3. This Q&A made me even more so. I think the prison is going to be such an amazing location.

+ 10 Bands I Will Be Forced to Listen to in Hell: While I don't agree with all of these (I like REM and The Beach Boys are very nostalgic for me), I still thought this article was pretty hilarious.

+ Flow Free: I was looking for a new game for my phone and found this. I'm officially addicted, and if I do say so myself, I kind of kick ass.

+ The Day I Spanked my Daughter: I love Meagan Francis of The Happiest Mom. A study recently came out about kids who are spanked and a link to depression, so of course, everyone's talking about spanking. Who does it? Is it abuse? I don't even really know how I feel about it yet, but I love Meagan's post. I love how she admits a hard thing, admits a mistake, but also stresses the importance of acceptance of all parents.

She writes, "But when I’m dealing with otherwise kind, reasonable, loving parents, I prefer to start with the benefit of the doubt. That maybe their opinions about whatever I find distasteful might evolve over time (I know that plenty of my parenting opinions have changed over the years.) That maybe the mother in question is working out the way she really feels about the Issue Du Jour. That maybe she is coming from a background that I can’t understand, or dealing with pressures I can’t see. That perhaps the scene I witnessed was a low point in a stressful day."

+ Melinda Gates: She's pledged $560 million to help expand contraception to women around the world. I applaud this. And we need more people like her (with the courage and the money) in this world. From the article, "Supporters of the campaign estimate that this year will see 80 million unintended pregnancies in developing countries. They say 800 women die every day as a result of pregnancy-related complications - the leading cause of death for teenage girls in the developing world."

Plus, I love when doing nothing costs MORE than doing something good: "Simply sustaining the current use of contraceptives by 260 million women in the 69 poorest countries over the next eight years will cost about $10 billion."

It only makes sense.

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