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January 15

What should we write on our signs?

I'm attending the women's march in LA with my four year old daughter and a number of other family members. The problem I'm having is that there is so much WTF and everything is infuriating at this point I don't have the mental energy left to condense it all into something short and pithy. I think I'm stumped because I'm naturally an optimist but I can't find that part of me right now. Any advice? What will your signs say?
posted by ohyouknow at 10:52 PM - 43 answers

January 14

What's it like to live in Roanoke, VA?

After spending a day in Roanoke, VA, and checking out housing prices, we've added it to our list of possible relocation towns. We are a white, middle age couple (no kids), and we both work remotely, so finding we don't need to find jobs there. We are very much attracted to part of the country for the weather and natural beauty. But what is it like to live there? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 7:09 AM - 14 answers

January 12

It's passive aggressive only if you're in the West

How do you reconcile the fact that core aspects of East Asian interpersonal styles can arguably be interpreted as "abusive" through the Western lens? This is particularly challenging for me in the therapy setting. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 8:17 AM - 21 answers

I know DC is a young city, but how young is it, really?

I'm going to be moving to DC and want to get an insider's view of the demographics of the place- namely, general age groups in certain neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 6:46 AM - 22 answers

January 11

What is it like living in Duluth, MN?

I am thinking of moving to Duluth, MN. I've been to the Boundary Waters in the summer, and Superior National Forest and Tettegouche in the winter, but have only spent limited time in Duluth. I love the idea of living in a port city on Lake Superior with such easy access to amazing wilderness. Is it possible to still get outside and recreate without getting frostbite when it's -20F, or is that the time to hole up indoors and knit in front of the fireplace? Do the building codes allow you to build a backyard sauna? Does Duluth have enough culture and music and community to not feel totally isolating for a single almost-30-something? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by cnidaria at 3:48 PM - 21 answers

Having a baby before buying a house?

Debating the pro/con of trying to conceive before buying a house. I think we can and want to, my partner and the world thinks we cannot. [more inside]
posted by inevitability at 8:02 AM - 56 answers

January 7

The democracy of the dead

Share with me your favorite longform articles about tradition and traditions. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 7:45 PM - 4 answers

January 6

who are they guys...

that pretend they are researches, bluff their way into technical conferences and then do presentations which spoof the topic of the conference they did one where they proposed a suit to remotely control workers in the third world.
posted by grahahw at 7:07 AM - 3 answers

January 5

Write our signs, please?

Family BlahLaLa will be attending the big Los Angeles march on 1/21. We all want to carry signs, but we need help coming up with something. It could be unique to us, or we'd be happy to copy great signage seen at other protests. Ideas, please? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 6:29 PM - 32 answers

How did you our people you know learn to not be racist and xenophobic?

I am going to be teaching a semester-long class on intercultural issues to college students, and I am wondering how you or people that you know learned to not be xenophobic and racist. Are there any books / articles / films / experiences / activities that changed your thinking in deep ways? This is basically a required cultural sensitivity class, which I can largely design however I choose, so I am gathering ideas. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
posted by mortaddams at 1:10 PM - 36 answers

Did I not pay my building staff enough?

First time NYC apartment building owner. I gave holiday tips... did not receive the response I'm used to. [more inside]
posted by lazywanderer at 12:35 PM - 16 answers

Do Pagans have a PR problem?

I coordinate a Pagan student group at a university. Recently I've put up a couple of flyers in coffee shops off campus, but someone(s) keeps taking them down. Why? [more inside]
posted by heatherlogan at 5:20 AM - 31 answers

January 4

Help me find this citation?

So I have this question around the history of the architect of the Banff Springs Hotel in Canada. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
posted by aurynn at 7:16 PM - 1 answers

Need author recommendations from the Indian Subcontinent or the diaspora

I am looking for recommendations for contemporary fiction authors who either write about life in the Indian Subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh) or Nepal, or about life for the diaspora (in whatever other country). Authors I've enjoyed reading: Chitra Banerjee Divakunari, Anita Desai, Thrity Umrigar, Kamila Shamsie, Meera Syal, Anita Nair, Vikram Seth (maybe he's not as contemporary anymore), David Davidar, M.G. Vansanji, Jaishree Misra I'm not interested in books about the colonial experience such as EM Foster or Paul Scott.
posted by darsh at 5:31 AM - 21 answers

January 2

Teaching children nonattachment applied to "stuff"

I really want to start from an early age teaching my child that stuff is just stuff. I also want to be realistic about development and temperament. I have heard others speak of terrible emotional struggles getting kids to let go of excess, and it does not help that the primary caregiver for my child likes stuff and clutter. What do you suggest for raising a child to have a healthy (moderate) attachment to things, assuming this isn't a harmful goal? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 9:54 AM - 47 answers

December 29, 2016

Good oppression 101 book/webpage (workplace edition)

I try to speak up about sexism/racism/etc at work (I'm a scientist) and would like to finish by saying something along the lines of:" you too can educate yourself, here are some resources..." Can you help me to follow through with actual resources? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle at 1:21 PM - 2 answers

December 28, 2016

Criterion Collection for Books

I'm looking for interesting publishing imprints. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by R.F.Simpson at 11:06 PM - 27 answers

December 27, 2016

Quiet place to read a book + have a drink on NYE in NYC?

All my closest friends are out of town for New Year's Eve, and I'd like to find a quiet spot in the city, have a drink or two, and read a book for awhile. Any ideas of where I can do this? [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 10:23 AM - 7 answers

December 25, 2016

Can you recommend a comprehensive book on Polynesian mythology?

I am interested in finding a book that is a good introduction to the differences and similarities of the mythologies of the many Polynesian islands. Can you recommend something that is for adult readers, but not overly academic?
posted by abirdinthehand at 3:53 PM - 1 answers

Patriarchy wars: episode vi - return of the feminist

What are some big and small actions I can take to stick it to the man?? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow at 8:54 AM - 36 answers

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