Despite the whirlwind of activity this week, I have 15 posts I’d like to share with you this week. Enjoy!
Food For Thought
- Confessions of a ‘Bad’ Teacher is a great opinion piece by William Johnson, published in the New York Times. If you’re a former teacher like me, perhaps some of the reasons you left the profession are summarized in this article.
- Of Manners, Movies and the Sorry State of Spectatorship. Read this if you know people who always want their money back.
- 4 Steps to Maintaining Your Cool When Faced with Stinging Criticism. Some words of wisdom from Pam Slim.
- Do You Take Criticism Personally? asks Tim Brownson. Well, do you? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t… but I found it interesting that this popped up twice in my personal blogosphere this week.
- 15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly. Once an English teacher, always an English teacher. These errors irk me. Brian Clark shares all of my grammatical pet peeves with a great infographic.
- Why Journalists Need to Link is the first piece I’ve ever linked to in Wired that was not written by Jonah Lehrer. So weird.
- Flipping the Switch: Who Is Responsible for Getting Employees to Take a Break? A fascinating read in our hyper-wired world.
- An Open Letter to Small Business Owners. Oldie but goodie from Charlie Gilkey.
- Strength Training Myths for Women: Debunking Myths that Block Opportunity is a May 1998 article published in The Physician and Sports Medicine debunking myths in the fitness industry that are still commonly held to this day. Hint: Women don’t need to use 5-lb. pink dumbbells.
- Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey: A Volatile Mix is a piece I wrote for Sherdog about the Strikeforce battle which took place last Saturday.
- Leave it to the Women to Show the Men How to Fire Up MMA Crowd touches on the above-mentioned main event, and the bout between Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis.
- 4 TIps for Getting the Most Out of a Grappling Seminar. If you’re gonna pour your hard-earned cash into a grappling seminar, might as well squeeze all the learning out of it you can! Stephen Kesting shares some strategies.
- Ultimate Women Challenge: The Saga Continues is the latest in a multi-year ongoing investigative report by yours truly.
- Contrarian Rabbinic and Hassidic Teachings on Sin. Because I like to read about the Biblical figure I was named after.
- I try to avoid them, but man, oh man. I just have to link to Rush Limbaugh’s last six apologies and Rachel Maddow’s Man Cave Romney Edition in which she explains how birth control works. That is all.
Like last week, I’ve been consumed with editing and ghost-writing projects, though I did link to some recent MMA articles of mine above. (Others can be found on Fightergirls, MMA HQ, Sherdog, InterMat Fight and Cage Queen. Also, check out the latest issue of the Performance Menu, which I edit and usually write for. Local foodies can also check out my posts on City Pages’ Hot Dish blog. And I’ll be teaching a one-day class on magazine writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis on August 18th, which I’ll tell you more about closer to the date. The workshop is entitled From Query to Print: Freelance Writing Fundamentals. Stay tuned for more details!