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484th Friday Blog Roundup

I don’t know what inspired me to do so, but last week at shul, I leaned over during a prayer and started singing to the ChickieNob and Wolvog the naughty words we used to slip in as kids.  They were the usual ones — the standards that all Jewish kids who have been to Jewish sleepaway camp know — such as “I swear I share my bras” for “asher asher bara.” (For that one, we got in a lot of trouble as teens because we’d snap each other’s bra straps when we sang that.)

The ChickieNob was delighted to discover such subversiveness existed within the context of shul.  As we drove home, she made me sing the prayers over and over again so she could memorize where to put in these phrases.  And in doing so, she actually learned the words to the prayers in order to masticate them into a new wad of meaning.  I warned them that they may want to be discreet.  Use them infrequently.  Don’t end up in the principal’s office at Hebrew school as much as I did.


So I heard about this new app made by Spritz which allows you to speed read.  As of now, the app is only on Samsung devices?  Anyway, I tried it out on the Spritz site.  I felt very comfortable at 500 wpm (220 wpm is average for regular reading).  I could do 600 wpm.  I will definitely be downloading this app when it comes available on iOS devices.


Even though I know I will definitely buy this app and use it, I’m not sure how/when I’ll use it.  Will I consume books this way?  Yes, but which books?  Most likely books I have to read vs. want to read.  I don’t think I’d use it for email, though I could see myself using it for magazine articles.  It will change the way I do research, though I don’t see how I would use a speed reading app if I needed to take notes.  By the time my brain processed that I wanted to remember a fact, I’d be three or four sentences away.

I guess I see it as the difference between eating to sustain myself and eating to enjoy the meal.  There are times when I grab a granola bar just because if I don’t put something in my body, I’ll faint.  And that’s fine sometimes.  But other times, I want to sit down with a nice, home-cooked meal and focus on eating something to enjoying it.

If you can’t wait for this app to be available, there are ones online that seem to work just as well.  Even though they’re really only great for blog posts and not for whole books, such as spreeder.

What do you think of speed reading apps?


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

Mama Said Knock You Out is back with a post about life after family building.  It’s a little pop-in; a message to anyone who stumbles across the space, letting them know the epilogue.  That whatever you’re feeling today, you will not feel forever.  I love the ending: “For now, I hope to continue that float up. Not too quickly or too soon as I fear once I break the surface, it shall mean I have died. It’s not too bad here. It’s OK.”

Feeding My Inner Child… Hopefully has a post about infertility souvenirs, a different way of looking at lessons learned through the experience.  She writes, “I was originally going to title this ‘The Gift of Infertility,’ but in many ways, infertility was not a present and I was definitely not pleased to receive it. Souvenir sounds so much better. It’s something I’ve chosen to take away from my journey, and something that I will keep forever.”  She points out that her list is personal, but I think the post will resonate with a lot of people.

Lastly, Two Adults, One Child about the lifespan of an infertility/loss blog.  She writes, “So, of course I have lost some readers along the way.  I’m really NOT that interesting anymore — at least, from the standpoint of infertility.  I will always be able to identify with the infertility community, but perhaps there are some in the infertility community who can no longer identify with me.”  Thankfully, she’s not going away.  But it is an interesting observation.

The roundup to the Roundup: Bad influence on the twins.  What do you think of speed reading apps?  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between February 28th and March 7th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Catwoman73 { 03.07.14 at 9:17 am }

Thank you for the shout out, Mel! And I love that you are a bad influence on the twins. That’s awesome.

I loved Serenity’s post on taking responsibility for our own happiness/ unhappiness. It totally resonated with me, and where I am in my journey.

2 torthuil { 03.07.14 at 10:40 am }

Invincible Spring: The Flood and After

A beautiful post about finding courage and grace

3 Mrs T (missohkay) { 03.07.14 at 3:08 pm }

I tried Spritz last night and the website kept hanging up and making me read. even. slower. I tried again today and could also do 600 though less comfortably than 500. I’m sort of intrigued by it, but I’m not sure I’d really use it. For one, it would need to see my eyeballs to know if I’m looking away because I don’t have the concentration to watch it like that for long!

4 Jendeis { 03.07.14 at 3:46 pm }

But what about the synchronized bopping up and down to Aleinu? Thought we only did it in youth group and saw our Hazzan jokingly do it at a service a couple months ago. 🙂

5 Petunia { 03.07.14 at 4:26 pm }

Thank you so much for the shout out, Mel. That totally made my week! 🙂

Also, second torthuil’s recommendation of Sadie’s post. It brought tears to my eyes when I read it.

6 It Is What It Is { 03.07.14 at 7:04 pm }

Once again you are ahead of the technological curve. I wondered about Spritz and would it be helpful in allowing me to read for pleasure at all since time is something that’s in short order and I have a tall stack of unread books. Time will tell.

7 Melanie { 03.08.14 at 1:31 pm }

I was also going to link to Sadie at Invincible Spring, but it has already been done. Beautiful post.

8 Elisha { 03.09.14 at 10:35 pm }

I used to hate seeing flyers of the “Mom’s Club” meetings and I hated when all my friends would sit around and talk about when they could get the kiddos together for a play date…I was always left out of the conversation and when they would get together I would not join in. Why would I? I don’t have a kid. I have nothing to add to the conversation and their occasional complaining of motherhood would irritate me to the core.

But one day I decided I had enough of sitting at home knowing they were all chowing down on snacks, pastries, pizza or cookies enjoying themselves, so I decided to put on my big girl panties and go. What better time than now to get advice and learn from the “official members” of the Mom’s Club.


9 Flmgodog { 03.11.14 at 12:00 pm }

Had to pop in and comment. Ha – love that you are teaching the kiddo’s the naughty things to say in shul. I every night would sing the birkat to my daughter as she was going to sleep (I know it’s weird but it soothed her). I had to constantly catch myself on the naughty parts. “I swear I share my bra” was right on the tip of my tongue. Now when I am singing to the twins I sometimes will do the same thing. It’s weird.
I got a good chuckle out of this though. I thought I was the only one.

10 Cristy { 03.12.14 at 7:17 pm }

Following the theme of this week, a great post by Mali.


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