Some powerful letters to the editor in the NYTimes about solitary confinement.

Interesting idea! "ScholarMatch connects donors with college-bound students and helps bring college into reach."

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A few true, painful words about addiction, in the wake of Amy Winehouse's death.

Oh, I'm loving this idea...."When we debut this fall, in.gredients will be the first package-free and zero waste grocery store in the United States."

Unfortunately, the severe drought and food crisis continues in East Africa. If you're looking for a way to help, I'd encourage you to consider donating to Oxfam. The organization is aiming to help a quarter of the 12 million people now affected in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Their goal is to reach three million in dire need of clean water, food, and basic sanitation. I donated $10 which is, amazingly, a day's supply of clean water for 40 people.

An infographic about the long wait many immigrants have who are hoping to come to the US (legally). You might be surprised.

This weekend I read, and enjoyed, the recent New Yorker article on the small house movement - this article from GOOD is worth a read as well.

"To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves--there lies the great, singular power of self-respect." - Joan Didion

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