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Weekly Reads #1

As promised, I'm starting up a short weekly reads post compiling some of the things I've been reading and some of the things you've been reading. Before you start digging into them, please check to see if you've updated your RSS (0r e-mail) subscription to my blog. I'll be shutting down feedburner soon and don't want anyone to get cut off.

On the Internet...

Here are some of the great article and information that I came across this week and shared on facebook and twitter.

If you're in Ottawa and have time on Tuesday, October 16th, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the writer and director of the film Miss Representation will be speaking at Elmwood School.  The event is open to the public, but you need to RSVP. If you aren't familiar with the film, check out the trailer. I had a chance to see it last year at Blissdom Canada and it is incredibly well done.


On Ottawa Valley Moms, successful entrepreneur, mom and blogger Erin Blaskie wrote about why people assume she's failing...and why they're wrong.

Halloween is coming up and Rebecca Hains asks whether it has turned into "Happy Sexualize our Daughters Season".

There is a lot of bubble wrap put on children these days. The Adventure Journal asks whether taking risks makes you a dangerous parent or just allows you to live life to its fullest.

On Adorkable Undies, Nadine explains why she doesn't oppose sex selective abortion.

Just on the heels of my trip to Bangladesh with Save the Children, a few of my friends are visiting Ethiopia with ONE Moms. You can check out Liz's posts at Mom 101 and Christine's posts at Boston Mamas.

On My Bookshelf

You may wonder what I'm reading right now. I just finished one book and am cracking a few more open.

I just finished reading Beth Terry's book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. The book is full of great information on the dangers of plastic for our bodies and the environment, as well as tons of ideas for reducing or eliminating plastic from your life from someone who has been there and done that.  You can also check out her blog My Plastic Free Life.

Bettina from Best for Babes recommended the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to Change It. Whether you're trying to break that plastic habit (see above!) or influence other people (through advocacy work), this book provides success stories and processes to change the way people do things.

Finally, I picked up a copy of the Kielburgers new book Living Me to We: Guide for Socially Conscious Canadians. It is a really accessible, nicely illustrated book with ideas on how to be more socially conscious throughout your day. You can implement ideas on your own or use it to inspire your kids and choose things to do as a family.

On This Blog

New posts are always great and I love getting new content up and generating interesting discussions. But most of the traffic to my blog still goes to the archives. What was the most popular this week?

That's it for now. Have a fabulous weekend.

What did you read this week that was absolutely fabulous?

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Reader Comments (5)

Yay! I love hearing about what you're reading! Thanks for posting this.

I haven't had much time for book reading this week, but I've read lots of amazing blog posts this week.

This one was my favorite:

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

I RSVP'ed to the Miss Representation talk and then, after I showed my mom the film this afternoon, she declared she wanted to come with me. Looking forward to it.

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

This week I starting re-reading Naomi Klein's "No Logo," and also a collection of Alice Munro short stories.

I can't tell you which is more sad.

October 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeni

I've just finished the "Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too" so it put a real smile on my face to see it on here! I have to admit that I'm nowhere near the no plastics goals as Beth is, but I try my best. If anyone doesn't already follow her blog then you really should. The woman comes up with some truly magical alternatives to things that you'd never imagine!

October 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha

[...] so weekly reads may have been a bit too ambitious, so I’m changing this to occasional reads instead. Here is [...]

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