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Bridge in the Haze

photo of the week by Luca Cinacchio

This week’s links, on treasures: found, hidden, mismanaged, or all-too-often discarded. And how to be two.

:: Important Announcement: I am joining the Catholic Church (Billy Kangas @ The Orant, h/t Simcha Fisher)

“There really was only theological reason I wasn’t Catholic yet, the Papacy. It was something I struggled with deeply almost viscerally. I couldn’t believe the arrogance of the Catholics in claiming that they had a man that could declare things to be infallible truth. I read a lot about it and seemed to become more and more convinced that the papacy was totally and utterly wrong. I became certain I would never become Catholic. Then something unbelievable happened.

:: Want to find his hidden treasure worth millions? Head outdoors (TODAY News)

“Fenn hid the chest in a secret spot three years ago with two goals in mind: Getting people to fall in love with America’s scenic trails and passing on what he calls the “thrill of the chase,” something he has experienced over more than seven decades of hunting for rare objects. “The Thrill of the Chase” is also the title of Fenn’s self-published autobiography, which contains an unusual map to the treasure, a poem with 9 clues in it. “Begin it where warm waters halt, and take it in the canyon down, not far, but too far to walk,” reads part of the poem. (On Wednesday morning, Fenn’s site crashed after TODAY featured his story.)”

:: A Private Boom Amid Detroit’s Public Blight (New York Times)

“Around the country, as businesses have recovered, the public sector has in many cases struggled and shrunk. Detroit may be the most extreme example of a city’s dual fates, public and private, diverging. At times, the widening divide has been awkward, even tense. As private investors contemplated opening coffee bean roasters, urban gardening suppliers and fish farms, Detroit firefighters complained about shortages of equipment, suitable boots and even a dearth of toilet paper.”

:: Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills (NPR)

“Unfortunately, the more structured the play, the more children’s private speech declines. Essentially, because children’s play is so focused on lessons and leagues, and because kids’ toys increasingly inhibit imaginative play, kids aren’t getting a chance to practice policing themselves. When they have that opportunity, says Berk, the results are clear: Self-regulation improves.”

:: How To Be 2 (Design Mom)

“First time parents will see their 2 year old as all grown up. Second-time-around parents will see that their 2 year old is really still a baby. I think both are right.”

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