From Collingswood Cash to Ardmore Dollars, Local and Alternative Currency is All The Rage

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You’ve got to love American resourcefulness. If the economy fails, if the dollar bottoms out, what do we do? Hey! Let’s make our own money!

That’s what more than a few municipalities have been doing recently. And it makes sense: If you can’t trust in God — or the U.S. government, anyway — you can still trust in, say, Collingswood cash. (Incidentally, Standard & Poor’s recent rating of AA- is the highest in the borough’s history, wiping out the Moody’s trash talk of 2011.)

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Handyman 2.0?

So, you need that coffee table from Ikea assembled? Hot soup delivered to your sick brother? The next cubicle wrapped in cling wrap on April Fool’s day? Someone to pick up a cake? You’re in luck: TaskRabbit has come to Philadelphia.

The company’s tag line: “Get just about anything done by safe, reliable, awesome people.” The company screens its “rabbits,” which makes it safer (and a lot less creepy) than Craigslist.

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Coming Soon to a Mall Near You: Atheist Church?


Look out: The atheists are assembling.

But don’t worry, they mean you no harm. They merely hope to “live better, help often, wonder more.”

The Brits have brought us fashion and music and now, via the “atheist church” Sunday Assembly, a new way to live. It seems atheists are people, too, and they have a need for all  of the benefits of belonging to a congregation: community, consistency, learning and giving back. Sunday Assembly’s 3,000-percent growth rate must mean something, right?

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A New Study on Breastfeeding Proves… We Read Too Many Studies

A new study tells us that many moms quit nursing because they’re nervous about nursing. Finally!!! A study that proves we read too many studies!

To breastfeed or not to breastfeed is an ongoing battle in the larger “Mommy Wars.” In explaining some of the study’s astounding revelations, such as that 92 percent of mothers “have concerns” about breast feeding in the first two months of their babies’ lives (wow, really?), Lori Feldman-Winter, a pediatrician at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J., said:

“My sense is in my gut that the ability for moms to find adequate breastfeeding support in the community is very variable and in many communities non-existent.”

Feldman-Winter also chairs the policy committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, and all of that makes me concerned. This is how a formal advocate of breastfeeding is quoted?

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Does Your Company Have a Bring Your Parent to Work Day?

Lest you think that “helicopter parenting” is an American thing, know this: a French woman was just charged with fraud for taking the Baccalaureate test while impersonating her daughter. Her daughter may be banned from taking the test for the next five years.

I am considering adding this, from a professor in Taipei, as the top page of my syllabi at Drexel: “For those who refuse to grow into adults, you can go back to high school, elementary school or kindergarten. You are not welcome in my class, if you are a pampered child. I don’t want you to take my course.”

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10 Reasons I’m Glad Summer Is Over

As an academic and a mother, I think of the year as running from September to June, even though the number changes in January. I’ve never been good for dates anyhow, and am much more likely to say, “Allison was in 6th grade,” than “It was 1997.” Numbers don’t help me put my life in context so much as context does.

I was a nerd, which is no surprise I guess, so going back to school didn’t devastate me—I had lots of reasons to love it—new notebooks and pens and clothes, but giving up summer did and does almost physically hurt. No matter how long summer feels for a child, or how much I crammed in as an adult, summer always has the sense of being ripped away from me, while I’m clinging on and yelling out, “I’m not ready.” I’m the kid on the beach with the wrinkled fingers and toes, blinking in stunned bewilderment when mom and dad say it’s time go home.
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Facebook: Still Not Evil Enough to Drop

OK, let me add my own resounding yes to the cacophony of outrage over the injustice of the recent Facebook privacy settlement. YES! It is unjust that, though FB lost, none of the claimants may receive cash money, and if they did it would be only $10 at most. And YES! YES! YES! It’s just gross that FB made $234 million from sponsored stories between January 2011 and August 2012.

Am I going to rant to anyone but you about any of this? Probs not. I am going to drop FB? Def not.

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People Who Have More Sex Make More Money

Now here’s a study I can get behind: People who have sex 4 times or more per week make more money than those who don’t.

This is a study that would be pretty easy to make fun of, to poke holes in, but… I don’t wanna. I wanna believe.

The survey sample is big: 7, 500 people. The age range is wide: 26 to 50. I don’t know what to say about the fact that it was done in Greece, I mean, I’d like to think that everyone in Greece is having a lot of sex — how could you not with all those white billowy curtains and wine?
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