Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Friday Links

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

In honor of International Women’s Day yesterday, The Times published:
15 Remarkable women overlooked in the Times obituaries until now. The photo above os of Henriette Lacks, whose biography we read as part of our DW book club a few years ago.

I referenced this one, “When a Partner Cheats” in yesterday’s column.

“Be angry if you must, but be kind as well. The two are not mutually exclusive. Contribute a little joy to the world. It’s the only way I see out of this chaos we’re in.” — “Our anger is poisoning us. Here’s what I learned after my son died.”

As a mother of a son, I love this series from The Cut on “How to Raise a Boy.” I especially appreciated “Navigating the World of Boys When You’re Gender Nonconforming,” because, you know, not all boys like sports and video games and wrestling their friends, and it nice to see some representation from boys who don’t conform to gender stereotypes.

This is a long read — a tragic but beautifully-told story about a woman with a lot of promise whose mental illness and troubled past led to a life of homelessness, and about the circle of friends, acquaintances, and social workers who tried to save her and get her the help she desperately needed. “A ‘Bright Light,’Dimmed in the Shadows of Homelessness”

Listening is underrated and Sonia Sotomayor agrees: Sonia Sotomayor’s message of empathy, listening, and compromise is what we need.

For those of you who ever followed the Duggars or have interest in how cult religions function: “Growing Up Like a Duggar — Ex-Followers of the Family’s Religion Speak Out”

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 [email protected] and, if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!

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    anonymousse March 9, 2018, 1:54 pm

    That article about Nakesha Williams was so sad. I feel that so many let her down, but also, so many did try to help her. It’s very sad.

    Here’s another grifter story almost as riveting as Dirty John:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/04/our-time-com-con-man/554057/

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    melissa March 9, 2018, 5:25 pm

    “A ‘Bright Light,’Dimmed in the Shadows of Homelessness”

    This is a beautiful article that deserves our attention. Please read it. Thank you for sharing Wendy.

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    • MaterialsGirl

      MaterialsGirl March 9, 2018, 7:46 pm

      Great article. Wow.

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    Golfer.gal March 10, 2018, 7:33 pm

    Hi Wendy, have you seen this article? Could be good news for alopecia and Hashimotos!

    http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/scientists-discover-the-root-of-autoimmune-diseases-and-how-we-can-treat-them/

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy March 11, 2018, 7:23 am

      Oh, thanks for sharing. It would be great if a vaccine were developed to treat some autoimmune diseases!

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    d2 March 11, 2018, 9:50 am

    I appreciated the article about the homeless woman – that had personal significance for me.

    I recently I found out that a friend from high school who had been homeless for the past 30 years passed away. I hadn’t heard from him in a while, so I googled and found a newspaper article similar to this one. Like the woman in the linked story, he too was known and liked in his community, and people took an interest in his life.

    He had been diagnosed with cancer and chose not to receive treatment. Social workers had tried to get him to move into a shelter, but he refused. In the last few days of his life he finally accepted hospice care from volunteers to relieve his pain, but he never did move indoors.

    He had an advanced university degree, but was unable to navigate life as the rest of us know it. He was a brilliant person, seemingly poised for success, but something switched in his brain and his life took a different path.

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