Five Good Things for 10/26/2015

Five things I encountered today that were interesting, educational, beautiful, edifying or that I otherwise found to be…well, good. None of these are promotions and I do not receive any benefit from sharing them. I just like them.

target-halloween-ad1) I’m pleased with some of the things I’ve seen at Target lately, such as the elimination of labels between “boys” and “girls” toys. This week, attention has been drawn to an ad in their Halloween circular featuring a little girl dressed in an Elsa costume who has a disability. This shouldn’t be a big deal, but it’s actually rare to see. It’s awesome that Target is trying to be more inclusive.

2) Cows! I love cows. The Atlantic has a photo feature that’s just about cows around the world. I love them all, but especially the babies and the highland cattle. Also there’s a girl who wasn’t allowed to have a horse so she just trained her cow to be ridden instead! It even jumps!

Welcome_to_Night_Vale3) Can’t get enough Welcome to Night Vale? The first novel set in the Night Vale Universe is out this week. At first I was confused by why something that built so strong a rep in an aural medium would limit itself with a novel format, but then I realized you could get an audiobook version read by Cecil. Perfection!

4) Looking for a hearty recipe to feed your family for the week? I just made this quick sausage and mushroom lasagna for a work potluck and doubled it to have one for home. Dinner for the week: done! I pretty much followed the recipe except that I used mild sausage instead of spicy and added a red bell pepper and some fresh parsley and basil. Very yummy!

511h3zSlj+L._SY387_BO1,204,203,200_5) We teach our children about our family history, what our parents and grandparents did, but we too often neglect our species family history. In the U.S. evolution, particularly for young children, is not a popular topic. But it’s so important for kids to know where they came from. Begun as a Kickstarter project, “Grandmother Fish” by Jonathan Tweet and illustrated by Karen Lewis, is a beautiful picture book that tells the story of the ancestors we all share.

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