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    Quickies: Black holes, dealing with anxiety, buzzing your hair, and more on COVID…

    Hello, all! What differentiates the weekend from a weekday for those of us stuck working at home? Less Zoom professional meetings and more Zoom happy hours. COVID-related stories: Check out this long and good read, Our Pandemic Summer, on why we shouldn’t expect to “get back to normal.” The death rate is Not Like the Flu, Not Like Car Crashes,…

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    Helpful COVID-19 Quickies and Cute Animal… Saturday?

    Hello again to another Friday… oops I mean Saturday! Having trouble keeping track of days? Well, we all are. My mostly-optional Zoom online class schedule is the only thing that’s really keeping me aware these days. Anyway, apologies for the lateness. First, I have just a few COVID-related stories that are good reads and not entirely anxiety inducing which would…

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    Quickies: Some “stay at home” survival resources

    We’re in a whole new world… here in the US specifically in the last two weeks since my last post. One would think I’d have plenty of time to write now, right? Not so much… first off, taking your well-planned (or not) in-person course and making it remote is NOT trivial. Second, my anxiety brain is 100% in overdrive. Maybe you…

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    Self Care Sunday: Do something you’re bad at

    I am someone who is a bit of an overachiever. I’m definitely Type-A, where the A stands for my Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Also, I’m in academia which is, let’s say, really really really frakking competitive and stressful. I love teaching and working with undergraduates so SO much that it’s worth it, but it’s a recipe for me to be overwhelmed.…

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    Self-Care Sunday: Delete Your News Apps and Disable Notifications

    Something bad is happening in the world every second of every day. And organizations that report the news can’t wait for you to read about it. So I’ve done something recently that has greatly improved my well-being: deleted my news apps and disabled most app notifications. After my first child was born, I experienced Postpartum Anxiety (but I didn’t know…

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    Skepchick Sundaylies! Cosplay Science, Secular Safety Net, and Raising an Anxious Child

    Sunday Funny: Educated Cat-callers (via SMBC) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 128: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 3 Mindy finished up her discussion of the kinetic-molecular model of ideal gases. Mad Art Lab Material Science for Cosplay: Copper and its Alloys Ryan infuses some science into your cosplay. The Monster in Dr. McClintock: The Twisted Tale of Jumping…

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    Skepchick Sundaylies: Numismatic Quilling, Names on Facebook, Atheist Rosh Hashanah, Life Before Disability

    Sunday Funny: Being a woman at an atheist convention. (via Medium) Teen Skepchick The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills Elizabeth isn’t even offended by this book anymore. She’s just bored. DBT Skills: Be Excellent To Yourselves Olivia…

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    AI: Admitting mental illness

    Something I’ve been happy to see around the internet is the number of people coming out and talking about their mental illnesses. It almost seems sometimes like the stigma is over… but it’s not. And sometimes I feel like there’s an even weirder image of mental illness portrayed that at some point, everyone gets depression, they blog about it and…

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