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Friday Links

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Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:

“15 Things All Badass, Fearless Alpha-Women Do Differently From Other Types Of Women” [via Successful Flow]

Woman credits being single for living ’til 115 [via NYTimes]

“24 Signs You’ve Found Your Soul Mate” [via PopSugar Love]

“Why Teen Girls Aren’t Using IUDs” [via The Atlantic]

“Ready to mingle? Must-try vacations for singles” [via USA Today]

Speaking of travel, I love this: “Let’s Get Every Kid in a Park” [via The White House]

Esteemed writer, Oliver Sacks, has learned he has terminal cancer and he wrote this beautiful piece for the New York Times about death and what it means when a human life is extinguished. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.

“Kids’ Solo Playtime Unleashes ‘Free-Range’ Parenting Debate” [via NPR]

DW Reader, JustMax, sent in this article: “The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams to Journalist Who Told Her to ‘Lean In’: I’m Not a Victim,” and said: “Jessica’s response to the article resonated with me. A few times someone has insinuated I should “lean in,” (as it’s used in this article) or believed to know better how I should live my life. I loved this line in particular: ‘I am a black woman and I am a feminist and I am so many things. I am truly honored that people love my work. But I am not yours.’

That’s right! I am not yours, you jerks who think you know better how I should live MY life. ;-)”

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Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to wendy@dearwendy.com and, if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!

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    Sara February 20, 2015, 1:58 pm

    My husband’s great aunt, who lived to be 99, also attributed her longevity partly to being single. She was openly a little sad for both of us when we got engaged.

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    Kate February 20, 2015, 2:19 pm

    I like the soulmate article. That IS what it’s like, but I used to read those things and completely disbelieve it, like what part of la-la land are these people living in. When we say “aim higher” on here, this I think is what we mean.

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    booknerd February 20, 2015, 2:20 pm

    I love the parks initiative. Love it!

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    K February 20, 2015, 2:26 pm

    The every kid in a park thing is awesome! What a great idea.

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    sobriquet February 20, 2015, 2:52 pm

    “For the first time in your life, you realize that home is not a place, but a person.”
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    I love that so much.

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    Booknerd February 20, 2015, 3:07 pm

    There was an article about Harper Lee in the Atlantic this week. Nothing groundbreaking, but interesting in regards to that thread awhile back.

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    Lurker February 20, 2015, 4:52 pm

    Do badass, fearless alpha-women have to wear 4″ heels on a dirt path? If so, I’ll pass.

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    LS February 20, 2015, 5:43 pm

    Jessica Wiliam’s response really resonated with me too! Even as someone who feels like I suffer from imposter syndrome, I hate being told to lean in, even when meant as a “hoorah” pep talk! My company already has a culture of expecting you to over-commit and over-deliver so being told to lean in when I shy away from taking on a new responsibility on is just another layer of guilt.
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    Jessica sees what goes on behind the scenes–Jon’s job is much more than sitting behind the desk. There should be no shame in admitting that you aren’t ready for that level of commitment.

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