8 Things of Note

A few of our favorite links from around the web this week.
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Image Credit: Allison Joyce for LA Times

Image Credit: Allison Joyce for LA Times

We're hoping for a gorgeous and sunny weekend with lots of time spent outside among the blooming flowers. (And if snow is in the forecast in your neck of the woods, hopefully it's the last of the year!) As always, here a few conversations from around the web we found particularly noteworthy. Happy reading and happy weekend!

“The outside culture is so unhelpful because it is constantly like ‘women and families, women and families.’ No, no, no. Parents and families, working fathers. We're a couple…” Anne-Marie Slaughter on raising kids, especially sons, who are committed to a more equal future.

A foolproof guide for working with a contractor: everything we’ve always wondered but didn’t know who or how to ask!

Ashton Applewhite is asking why it’s still ok to be ageist: “Why should I accept the notion that the present-day me is inferior to the younger me?”

The cutest DIY for your spring garden: a painted brick city.

“During any damn thing that has happened in the last seventeen years in this country in arguably the most powerful legislative body in the world — Black women are missing from the United States Senate Chamber.”

Techniques every home cook should know (tips from the pros!).

The realities of the stress-immunity connection, or why you need to calm down.

The inspiring rise of Bangladeshi surfer girls

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