Linkspam, 9/6/13 Edition

Written by Natalie Luhrs

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September 6, 2013

Charming Cassowary

Love this picture. I make this face a lot but I don’t look quite as fabulous when I do.

In conclusion: Cassowaries are awesome and scary. And obviously dinosaurs.

Sydney - Southern Cassowary at the Koala Park

Sydney – Southern Cassowary at the Koala Park

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  1. Selki

    Curves: “What I didn’t understand at the time was how profoundly child welfare can fail its teenagers. I didn’t know that fully half of all the teenagers in foster care are institutionalized in group homes or more serious lockdown facilities because families don’t want them. … 30 percent of the homeless in this country were once in foster care. ”
    Wow, did not know that.

    Design: Yeah, I hope Graves doesn’t give his people the impression that 1 day = knowing. However, it’s a leg up on people who’ve never even tried the day.

  2. Cora

    “Curves” is a great article. When I taught remedial English, I often saw kids from broken homes, including a girl who had been in foster care since she was one year old, a boy whose primary caregiver was his older brother (who probably had other life plans at 32 than becoming caregiver for a fifteen year old), because the mother was inadequate and the father not even in the country, and another boy who was raised by an overburdened single father and who was so desperate for a mother figure that he latched onto every female teacher who matched a particular type (I suspect we resembled his memories of his birth mother). These kids could break your heart, especially since you often couldn’t do very much for them beyond paying a bit of attention to them and their problems and encouraging them to try for higher aims than the ones the not very flexible German education system had intended for those kids.

  3. Natalie Luhrs

    @Selki and @Cora: Foster care is such a…THING. It’s clearly not a great solution but so often it’s the only solution. If that makes sense. The way we treat older foster children in this country is deplorable. My alma mater, Western Michigan University, has a program for kids coming out of foster care called the Foster Youth and Higher Education Initiative–it’s a combination of a scholarship, academic, and community support to help these kids get a leg up. It’s not a perfect program, but it’s a fantastic first step.

  4. pamela1740

    I honestly can’t quite believe how much you read in a week! But just wanted to say that this is where I came upon returning to the twitterverse this week after a 5 week hiatus from blogging, tweeting, etc. Thank you for helping me catch up — but it seems like a very loooong syllabus! 😉
    I am still laughing about your comments regarding the research (lack thereof) re. weaving vs. knitting for The Sweater Curse. That is both ridiculous and hilarious. There are SO MANY good books on the history of both.

  5. Natalie Luhrs

    @pamela1740: Yay, you’re back! I missed you! I am the sort of annoying person who takes in a lot of information while doing other things. I get kind of pedantic about the textile stuff–that’s my other hobby and it takes like 10 seconds on the internet to discover that weaving has been around longer than knitting. That portability argument is bullshit because you don’t get fiber for making into yarn or thread until you have domesticated animals and plants which means agriculture which means settlements (usually).


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