Well it's been quite an eventful week here at Cooking with Milton. And by eventful, I mean cold. To combat this, I've been doing some cooking that requires the oven being turned on. This seems to help. I've also been working on my fitness, in the form of shoveling snow. I tried to get Milton to help, but he has trouble holding the shovel, since he doesn't have thumbs. Darn.
I thought I'd try something different today, and instead of the normal pictures of cakes and cute animals, do some news articles I've read recently that I thought were interesting. We don't only look at things about food here, sometimes we read actual news. Well, I do, I think the only word Milty can read is bacon.
I Was an NFL Player
A letter from Chris Kluwe, former punter for the Minnesota Vikings. He has consistently been pro-marriage equality, and he believes that he was fired for his beliefs and activism. He has paid a price for standing up for what he believes in, but continues to do so, which I find inspiring.
Amy Poehler's Charity Work
As you know, I'm a huge Amy Poehler fan. She's hilarious, smart, and a truly good and kind person. Many celebrities use their status to promote charity, which I think is ok. However, it's good to see someone who's putting their money where their mouth is and doesn't seem to care that it's also a great photo op. If you have some extra time, check out "Amy Poehler's Smart Girls", which is a series of articles, videos, and chats about being the best you that you can be. A true role model for women everywhere.
38 Awesome Foreign Words
This isn't so much news as it is good Jeopardy information, but my favorite is "kummerspeck", which is German for weight gain due to emotional eating. . It literally translates to bacon grief. Ain't that the truth.
50 Years Later, The War on Poverty is a Mixed Bag
Interesting article about the ways in which the war on poverty has succeeded and failed since it's inception in the 1960's. I appreciate the recognition that there needs to be a multi-faceted solution. Too many people live in poverty, and I think that as a country we can and should do better.
To the Women Who Choose Not to Have Kids
Many people don't seem to understand that having children is, and should remain, a personal choice. Not everyone wants to do it, and that's really fine. This thank you note to women who do not want to have children is a lovely reminder of this.
The Obamacare We Deserve
A great piece of the flaws of the Affordable Care Act, and how some people think it can be fixed. I too think that there are some serious flaws with the ACA and (often) tend to agree with Michael Moore. You don't have to though, that's ok, just read it anyways. Also, there's a shout out to my former boss, which is just pretty awesome overall.