This is the first year I'm spending Christmas (and my birthday—Boxing Day baby!) in America, away from Mom, my family, and Yorkshire pudding. Which means the presents I send and receive this year need to be light enough to ship across the Atlantic without breaking the bank. Many of us have friends and family far away from where we live, but we still want our gifts to be thoughtful, personal, and come in lovely little packages. With that in mind, I've collected a number of gift ideas that are light on shipping but heavy on holiday cheer (as with last year's gift guide, I've tried to keep reasonable budgets in mind).
If Thanksgiving is a time for us to be grateful for what we have, Giving Tuesday and the gift-buying period is the perfect time to put that feeling into action. Books and literacy can change the world we live in for the better: children who are read to at home report higher abilities in math and writing; literacy rates are an important indicator of future earning potential; reading enjoyment has been reported as more important for children’s educational success than their family's socio-economic status. With that in mind, below are 10 charities devoted to getting books into the hands of those without the resources to obtain them as well as improving the literacy of children and adults worldwide.
If you’re wondering what it’s like to be a researcher or whether or not you have the qualities of a great researcher, I’ll outline my take on this job here. Research can encompass many areas—academic, nonprofit, culinary, business products etc.—so this is just a snapshot of a few of the projects I’ve worked on.