Below is a list of interesting New York Times articles that I've read over the past few weeks. But first, here are lots of good Judaic sources, courtesy of the Charles River Beit Midrash.
I could write a whole post about most of these articles, but I don't have time. They are in chronological order.
- "He Cooks, She Stews": February 14 NYT article about how couples share (or don't share) kitchens and cooking duties. I think I would be okay doing dishes and having someone else do all of the cooking. Anyone want to apply for the position? Anyway, almost no one gets dishes as clean as I like them, so I'd probably end up doing (or redoing) the dishes anyway. I also don't think I would terribly mind being a sort of sous chef, as long as someone else did all of the planning. I'm an adequate cook, but I mostly make simple things (five ingredients or fewer, including seasoning) and I'm not very good at following recipes.
- "A Safe House?": February 15 NYT article about the rising popularity of non-toxic household cleaners.
- "Should You Trust Your Makeup?": February 15 NYT article about the lack of regulation of chemicals in makeup and other beauty products. It seems that hair dye and nail polish are the worst offenders. As someone told me, "Anything you shouldn't use while pregnant because it might harm the fetus [i.e. hair dye], you probably shouldn't use at all." I couldn't agree more.
- "It Seems the Fertility Clock Ticks for Men, Too": February 27 NYT article about the declining quality of men's fertility as they age.
- "New Options (and Risks) in Home Care for Elderly": March 1 NYT article about the problems with home health care for the elderly, including the high turnover/low wages, inefficiency of going through an agency, and the possibilities in the "grey market" for finding affordable, qualified care. This problem, of course, is only going to grow as the baby boomers age. (No, I don't really want them to age either, but it seems fairly inevitable at this point.)
- "Darwin's God": March 4 NYT Magazine article about whether the apparently universal human tendency towards belief in the supernatural is an evolutionarily useful adaptive trait or was the unintended side effect of some other trait. Fascinating article. The most interesting of all that I linked to in this post. (The male fertility one was pretty good, too.)