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Cuppa reads

Greetings from Croatia, where we’re actually staying in an apartment in Diocletian’s palace, built in 305 C.E. No big deal, right? (Except that my response when we turned the corner to see our apartment was, “What in the world?!”) I hope you’re having a good weekend, friends, and regardless whether spring weather has come your way yet, I hope you’re feeling a bit of newness and life within. It’s one of my favorite times of year.

• If I had to pick one soapbox, it’d be the case against helicopter parenting so prevalent in America—I like what this guy has to say about it: “Driving children around is statistically more dangerous than letting them roam freely. Motor development suffers when most of a child’s leisure time is spent sitting at home instead of running outside. Emotional development suffers, too.” via New York Times

• So far in 2015, Costa Rica has gotten 100 percent of its electricity from renewable resources—”We are declaring peace with nature. We feel a strong sense of responsibility about looking after our wealth of biodiversity. Our attitude is not progressive, it is conservative. Our view is that until we know what we have, it is our duty to protect it.” via Climate Progress

• I really, really like this project—flat-packed, modular urban farming kits (you can print them, too!). “With our modular growing kits, you can quickly and easily turn your urban space into a healthy food factory for you and your family. Get a pre-made urban farming kit, or download the files to make locally yourself!” via Aker on Indiegogo

• I love what Mandi has to say about miscarriage, and why we don’t talk about it publicly. “But honestly, I think we’re failing young wives and mothers—especially those who are the first in their peer group to get pregnant—by not talking about it more.” via Life Your Way

• And finally, to end your reads in tears from laughter, I’m so glad my friend Kristen did an Amazon satire review round-up, because these are some of my favorite things on the Internet. “Phantom Amazon satire reviewers: I know making a mockery of Amazon reviews is probably a thankless task. You spend your time and creative energy for no money and little recognition. And to you, I’d like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU.” via Rage Against the Minivan

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