Five Star Blog Roundup 437: Five Great Posts and a Philip Roth Quote

This week's roundup of great posts is brought to you by a good list of life stuff to remember, how incredibly cool our brains are, how incredibly cool some maps are, the binary nature of the personal development industry, Wil Wheaton's life with depression and anxiety, and a Philip Roth quote:

left photo: public domain; right photo: Jason Pettus [ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ],  via Flickr  (cropped)

left photo: public domain; right photo: Jason Pettus [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr (cropped)

Unless one is inordinately fond of subordination, one is always at war.

— Philip Roth —

Happy reading!

"Thirty Things I’ve Learned" by Nick Crocker at Medium:

Don’t forget the value of making something, even the small stuff. A letter, a vegetable garden, a great recipe. No matter how insignificant. Making something helps remove the rust.

"Mirror Neurons" by Todd Walton at Under the Table:

…the baby was not to be consoled until his mother happened to turn toward me again, and the baby subsided into fascination with me and I with him—the baby’s mother unaware of what was causing him to stop fussing.
When I say “locked eyes” what may have happened, according to recent neurological discoveries, was that the baby’s mirror neurons and my mirror neurons engaged with each other, and this engagement created what some neuroscientists call a conjoined neurological system—the sharing of our two minds.

"Maps of Loving Kindness" by Maps Mania at Maps Mania:

The Kindness Map has set itself the mission "to magnify kindness in the world". It believes that if you see kindness and share that kindness with the world then you help to create a kinder world. Therefore to help you more easily share the acts of kindness that you witness with the world the Kindness Map was born.

"An Open Letter to Danielle LaPorte; Or, the Stages of Realizing You Are Nonbinary" by Mariah McCarthy at Feminist Life Coach:

I’m not just writing this letter to you, Danielle. I’m writing this letter to the entire personal development industry.

An industry to which it mostly hasn’t occurred that I, in all my nonbinary rainbow glory, exist.

That transgender people exist.

That butch women exist.

We do.

And this is important enough to me that I took weeks on end writing this, trying to find (gulp) about 4700 of the right words to tell you as much.

"My name is Wil Wheaton. I live with chronic Depression, and I am not ashamed." by Wil Wheaton at WIL WHEATON dot NET:

Hi, I’m Wil Wheaton. I’m 45 years-old, I have a wonderful wife, two adult children who make me proud every day, and a daughter in-law who I love like she’s my own child. I work on the most popular comedy series in the world, I’ve been a New York Times Number One Bestselling Audiobook narrator, I have run out of space in my office for the awards I’ve received for my work, and as a white, heterosexual, cisgender man in America, I live life on the lowest difficulty setting – with the Celebrity cheat enabled.

My life is, by every objective measurement, very very good.

And in spite of all of that, I struggle every day with my self esteem, my self worth, and my value not only as an actor and writer, but as a human being.

That’s because I live with Depression and Anxiety, the tag team champions of the World Wrestling With Mental Illness Federation.

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