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The dutch writer Marieke Lucas Rijneveld received the Man Booker International Prize for the novel «The Discomfort of Evening». The book tells the story of a girl who grows up in a Christian farming family in a rural area of the Netherlands. After the death of her brother, the family starts to disintegrate.
Like the book they wrote, Marieke also grew up in a religious community in a rural area of the Netherlands. And their brother died when they were three. After receiving the award, Marieke continues to work in dairy farming.
In an interview with the Guardian, Marieke talks…
I was listening to a lecture recently on autism diagnosis in adulthood. When answering questions at the end, the psychologist said there was a remarkable number of women going to his appointments for a diagnosis after reading something about how autism presents in women on social media or watching a video about it on youtube. It was a new and interesting experience for him.
For years, conditions such as ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) have been mainly associated with boys and girls have gone undiagnosed. Recently, this historic mistake is starting to be corrected as women…
A few weeks ago, I was blocked by someone who was spreading anti-vaccine content on Instagram.
I know. I know. I know. There’s really no point arguing with someone who has gone down the full conspiracy theories rabbit hole.
And honestly, is there an easy way out for that person? Probably not.
I keep having the same question over and over again.
When did we become so arrogant?
We used to rely on specialists to make decisions about certain topics. We used to think that if someone spent their whole lives (10, 15, 20 years) studying a certain topic, using…
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about how Josh Thomas diagnosed himself with Autism while working on «Everything’s gonna be okay», a tv show that has an autistic character being played by autistic actor Kayla Cromer.
On the most recent episode of season 2 titled “Gray Bird Grasshopper”, I was quite blown away by how well they displayed his real-life diagnosis on the show.
At first, when someone suggests Nicholas (Josh Thomas’s character) that he might be autistic, he pushes it off. Then, his sister Genevieve searches online about Autism and says:
I though I knew…
At the beginning of May, YouTuber Nikki Phillippi and her husband Dan Phillippi posted a video on their youtube channel titled «We have some really sad news.» The video has collected over 1.4 million views so far.
In the video, the couple reveals they have decided to euthanize their dog, a bulldog terrier named Bowser after he bit their toddler and left him with a scratch. What followed was a non-surprising outrage that led Nikki to privatize her Instagram page and to stop sharing videos on her youtube channel. So, did they really had no other choice but to euthanizeBowser?
I was on a job interview one day and the interviewer asked me to identify a complicated situation at my previous workplace. I talked about working in a veterinary hospital, doing shifts, and dealing with difficult clients. And then he surprised me with this question:
And how did that make you feel?
Obviously, the first thing I did after being called for a second interview was to ask Google: What to expect on a second interview? I read that second interviews are usually harder and more specific, that I could be asked about what I would do in…
The hashtag “ducklings” on Tik Tok has recently gathered over 276 million views. A new viral trend where people share a day in the life of a duckling seems to be fueling this.
In Dublin, this has lead to people going down to the canal, picking up ducklings, and then selling them on the street for 5 euros.
The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) started getting phone calls from people saying they saw ducklings being sold on the streets. Animal charities were quickly inundated with ducklings that needed to be cared for.
First, people started…
I recently questioned someone on Instagram stories about how to do a Ph.D. part-time. The answer I got was partly useful and it partly made me want to hit unfollow. It was something along the lines of “we all have the same 24 hours in a day and what we do with them is totally up to us”.
I understand that people mean well when they’re trying to give others productivity advice. But it’s condescending and it lacks empathy. You’re assuming everyone has the same life as you, the same social support, the same mental and emotional predisposition to use…