Let's Review- Week of 12/10

Obviously, Sandy Hook is the big story of the week. There are so many thoughtful posts, heated debates, and impassioned calls to action on my reading list over the weekend. I’m only going to share a few here. But I implore you- research, read, reflect. It is too easy to make a knee-jerk reaction based on politics or emotion. We need to be well-informed and thoughtful.

Isaac at Parabasis links to Ezra Klein’s guns and mass shootings fact sheet and talks to a pro-gun friend of his, who offers some possible solutions, or at least avenues worth contemplating.

And, the President’s speech from last night at the Sandy Hook vigil.



Work

I’ve been thinking a lot about work lately. That I’m pretty lucky to get to do what I love. But that sometimes, it’s still work.

Sasha Dichter states the work must be energizing. I agree. If my work energizes and excites me, I will alway be there, and passionate about it, even on the tough days. When work starts to suck the life out of me, drain my spirit, and make me not care about things I once loved, it’s time to move on.

And the Center for Effective Philanthropy shares a study that equates the empowerment of employees with their happiness at their jobs.

Reading

And, the Arts Journal shares a piece from the Denver Post, where a student saved an assignment from Kurt Vonnegut on Rules for Reading Fiction. My favorite: Do so as a sensitive person who has a few practical hunches about how stories can succeed or fail.