That's what SHE said: teaching value over tolerance, the trouble with crowdfunding, a pinch of satirical radicalism enlightenment, a journalist's surreal experience among Trump supporters in New Hampshire, parenting hacks, universal truths and more...



WHY I WON'T TEACH MY CHILDREN RACIAL TOLERANCE | bonbonbreak.com

To tolerate is to endure. Less focus on enduring and more focus on valuing..."So when we teach racial "tolerance," we teach our children to endure other races. We teach our children to allow other races to merely exist. We teach our children that white is the standard and other races deviate from our standard. Teaching tolerance teaches that we have the power and superiority over other races to allow their mere existence. If we're teaching racial tolerance - let's face it - we're doing more harm than good. Teaching children racial tolerance of people who are different is no longer good enough. It can no longer be the standard.  What I want to teach instead of racial tolerance - Diversity is a positive thing. I don't know about you - but I don't want to hang around 50 more e's! Let's make "celebrate diversity" more than just a slogan. As mother's, let's join and teach children the value of diversity, the value of different cultures, the value of unique and different ways of doing things. It's about teaching children the value inherent in the lives of other people. We need to replace tolerance with value." 

MY LONG, DARK NIGHT IN TRUMPLANDIA | newrepublic.com

A journalist's long night at a Trump Rally in New Hampshire and the strange bedfellows she makes along the way... "Cheers arose when he mentioned Christmas, building a wall between the United States and Mexico, and the virtues of waterboarding. Trump appeared to wish something worse than waterboarding would be invented. He appeared to wish terror suspects would be placed under Niagara Falls and ordered to catch it with their mouths. The terms and exhortations blended together, until you thought, “Well, hell. Why not build a wall out of water on Christmas?” Solve all the problems at once. Did someone, somewhere heckle the idea of us building a wall out of water on Christmas, in order to keep America safe? Trump wagged his head. “The wall’s gonna just get bigger when he has that attitude.”"

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WELCOME TO MY CYNICAL ANARCHO-COMMUNIST BAKE SALE | mcsweeneys.net

A dash of anti-capitalism, a pinch of radicalism enlightenment, and a cup of satire to go with your ethically made Vegan cupcakes...""And are these cupcakes regular, or vegan?” Here are the facts. We are a nation in which citizens define themselves by what they buy and consume; in which every sector of the economy, from tech to energy to real estate, is dominated by ruthless capitalists who want to make as much money as quickly as possible by annihilating the competition and securing favorable market conditions from those in political positions of power, while shifting the cost of externalities like the destruction of the natural environment away from themselves and onto the public; in which celebrities are viewed as having innate and uncommon wisdom in areas far outside their expertise simply because they appear on television; in which, absent a coherent spiritual tradition, people view those with money and power as the holy class; and in which lies and propaganda in the service of channeling anger and hatred toward an oppressed minority remain the best way to gain attention and support. In short, we are a country that deserves Donald Trump for president, and I believe we are a country that will get Donald Trump for president. The cupcakes are half-off." 

ABOUT CROWDFUNDING, HOW IT'S JUMPED THE SHARK AND WHY I CAN'T PROMOTE | awesomelyluvvie.com

An interesting look at the ethical dilemma with crowdfunding..."Last year, I had to unfriend someone I know in real life for creating a GoFundMe page to raise money for a car part she wanted. Ma’am, can you not? Do people no longer have family and friends they can text for a quick loan? I believe in collectivism but there’s also certain things you shouldn’t completely lean on The World Village to get you....The WHY behind the fundraising campaign is important. Professional development, making dreams come true, social justice, technology that rocks, funeral and medical expenses and giving back to children. These are the things that pique my interest. Everything else? Meh."

ARE YOU THRIVING OR JUST SURVIVING? | blogher.com

An interesting question to ask ourselves when life is actually pretty good... "To thrive in life, we’ve got to be constantly challenged. First, let me acknowledge that challenge does not equal stress. I’m not talking about the challenge of a shitty relationship or the challenge of a toxic work environment. I’m talking about the challenge of being in environments in which we must persist and make hard effort to succeed—and with good reward. Being able to persist within a challenging environment builds gumption and grit. It brings out our badassery  and builds confidence."


17 GENIUS PARENTING HACKS YOU WON'T KNOW HOW YOU LIVED WITHOUT | buzzfeed.com

#7. Put the ketchup under the hot dog. Yes!

30 POWERFUL TRUTHS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE | tut.com

30 helpful reminders to jog the soul.."29. Sometimes positive, life changes take focus and discipline. You have to override your inclination to procrastinate, withdraw or distract yourself from your feelings, and get on with the task of growing and expanding." 
 
MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER BY SAYING THANK YOU IN THESE SEVEN SITUATIONS | jamesclear.com

When receiving helpful feedback, thank someone for expecting more of you. When you are running late, instead of apologizing, thank someone for their patience. So simple and yet..."When someone comes to you with bad news, it can be awkward. You want to be a good friend, but most people don’t know what to say. I know I’ve felt that way before. Often times, we think it’s a good idea to add a silver lining to the problem. “Well, at least you have…” What we fail to realize is that it doesn’t matter if you don’t know what to say. All you really need is to be present and thank them for trusting you. Example: Your co-worker’s mother passed away recently. Instead of: “At least you have a lot of fond memories to hold onto.” Try saying: “Thank you for sharing that with me. I know this is a hard time for you.” " 


THINGS TO DO & THEATRE TO SEE

LA families looking to get their craft on, mark your calendars for the Echo Park Craft Fair May 7 & 8 (Mother's Day weekend).  For cinema, IMAX's  new documentary A Beautiful Planet, narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, comes out on April 29th and before that the documentary Queen Mimi about a local legend hits theaters April 15. With this year marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, be sure to catch plenty of Shakespeare starting with Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum lineup Interested in dance? The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre will be returning to Segerstrom Center for the Arts April 6- 10. Other dance companies to watch for are Hubbard Street Dance Chicago coming to Irvine Barclay on April 28th and New York-based Bryn Cohn + Artists Dance Company making their Los Angeles debut May 6 & 7. For the kids, check out Zombie in Love at the Laguna Playhouse April 8 - 17 or the movie High Strung opening this weekend.

In New York, catch some fun musicals like crowd favorite  Disaster!iconic classic Fiddler on the Roof , or a 95 year-old musical's triumphant return: Shuffle Along.  New York Theatre Ballet presents Cinderella Florence Gould Hall April 17th. Also check out The Secret Inside You at the American Museum of Natural History. Also for little ones, be sure to check out Clifford the Big Red Dog LIVE! April 17th at Brooklyn College. Be sure to get your tickets now for  David Harrower's new play Blackbird  and also go see The Humans on Broadway! Also, mark your calendars for Amanda Pare's giant bunnies, Intrude, a public art installation opening April 17th in New York. 







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