Consciously Curated: Juggling Baby, Learning to Follow, Reading, Unjust, A Woman Disguised

Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

New York Post: A TV Power Couple Raises a Family

The first time Craig Melvin visited the small-town western Pennsylvania “homestead” of his future wife, Lindsay Czarniak, he was taken aback by her family’s Christmas Day tradition.

“At the end of the meal, they were like, ‘Oh, it’s time to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ ” recalls Melvin, an MSNBC anchor who hosts “MSNBC Live” and co-hosts “Today” on Saturdays. “I thought it was a joke, but lo and behold, they went and got baby Jesus out of the manger and we sang ‘Happy Birthday.’ ”

Thinking Good: A Leader Learns to Follow

“See, I always thought I was a Martha. The responsible daughter. The hard-working daughter. The obedient daughter. So, you can imagine my surprise when I realized that I was actually Mary. The epiphany came to me about 13 years ago when my Dad had 2 back-to-back heart attacks. My heavily pregnant little sister jumped into action. She transformed into this person that I had never seen before. She handled the doctors, navigated the health care system, doled out the medicine, put the schedules together for Dad. She saved my Dad’s life.”

RealDadsRead.org: Dad Approved Books

“It was important to create a list of books selected by dads. We bring our own flavor to the types of book we like to read. There was nothing scientific about the process. We asked, and they told. The books represent wide range of books from intriguing stories to books that are just fun to read. If you have other suggestions, feel free to send them on. Who knows maybe we’ll create a contest for REAL DADS READ Book Awards.”

Herald Tribune: Colorblind or Just Plain Blind to Justice?

Since taking the bench a decade ago, Bauer has been tougher on those with a darker complexion, often sentencing blacks to two or three times longer than white defendants who committed the same crimes.

Or in the case of Lloyd and Legleitner, 13 times longer.

“I don’t believe in my heart that I sentence more harshly one race or gender than another,” Bauer said. “We all think we’re fair. We would have never gotten into the business if we didn’t.”

Atlas Obscura: Britain’s First Woman Doctor, Disguised as a Man

“Aside from his expertise in midwifery, he had a secret advantage,” writes Michael du Preez and Jeremy Dronfield, experts who have written extensively about Barry’s life. “There was not another practicing physician or surgeon in the world [in the 19th century] who knew from personal experience what it was like to bear a child.”

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