MONDAY MIX – 2/11/18

A few years ago, I attended a conference presentation during which audience members were asked to construct a metaphor to represent our experiences as students.  No one had ever asked me to do this, so I was intrigued, but pretty stumped.  Then I remembered my old boom box, with its radio and dual cassette deck–I always kept a blank tape handy, ready to press “record” whenever something caught my ear.  I realized that I did the same in the classroom, gathering bits and pieces from various sources, often without an idea of how–or even if!–those pieces would fit together. That was the joy of making and sharing mix tapes; when crafted thoughtfully, they were greater than the sum of their parts.  

In that same spirit, I share a weekly “mix” of articles, recipes, book recommendations, and ideas in the hopes that something I share might fit into your own personal, ever-evolving collage. 

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So…there was no Monday Mix last Monday – I got sick and the week got away from me.  But I’m back, with a couple of things to share:


-I’ll start with the most serious – this New York Times Magazine piece about the impact of online porn on teenage sex and desire.  The mom of a former student recommended the piece to me using the phrase “required reading for all parents,” and I have to agree.


-If you, like me and Jill, spent last night watching Mirai Nagasu landing that triple axel and swooning over Adam Rippon’s gorgeous long program and sitting in stunned disbelief over the perfection that is Virtue & Moir, then you might enjoy listening to this Radiolab episode about Surya Bonaly:

“Surya Bonaly was not your typical figure skater.  She was black. She was athletic. And she didn’t seem to care about artistry.  Her performances – punctuated by triple-triple jumps and other power moves – thrilled audiences around the world.  Yet, commentators claimed she couldn’t skate, and judges never gave her the high marks she felt she deserved.  But Surya didn’t accept that criticism.  Unlike her competitors – ice princesses who hid behind demure smiles – Surya made her feelings known.  And, at her final Olympic performance, she attempted one jump that flew in the face of the establishment, and marked her for life as a rebel.”


-Also topical, this fascinating interview with the head of Black Panther‘s hair department about the various styles and processes employed by the film, which celebrates, among other things, black hair in its natural state.  The article also comes, helpfully, with a list of recommended products.  (Have already ordered the scalp soothing serum for Shiv!)


-Last but not least, I made these pancakes on Friday night (breakfast for dinner to go along with the Olympic Opening Ceremonies), and was reminded that I have not yet recommended them to all of you.  They are light, fluffy, and very simple to make – no separating eggs, no fuss – just make sure you have some plain yogurt & apple cider vinegar on hand.

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