Everyone knows babies grow up fast, but I think a lot of us are used to conceptualizing that in the physical sense – how quickly their limbs grow, how much weight they put on between doctor’s appointments, how soon they begin supporting their head and then crawling and then walking. But babies’ brains develop rapidly, too. When they’re born, their brain is only 25% the size of an adult brain and it “will grow more during the first three years than any other time in a human’s life.”  This rapidly growing brain is highly malleable and will adapt to whatever is going on around it, building new synapses as the baby learns. But if a particular skill or stimuli goes untrained or unstimulated for too long, those synapses will fade, and so will that skill. 
In Moon Chosen, the first book in the series Tales of a New World, P.C. Cast explores a post-apocalyptic world divided into tribes and clans, plagued by disease and bloodthirsty creatures, and infused with magic. This novel’s 600-page heft demonstrates its lofty goals, but it ultimately failed to satisfyingly achieve them. On the contrary, the seeming effort to make a statement about racism and human rights through the conflict between dark-skinned Earth Walkers and white-coded Companions continually sided with the view that Earth Walkers are lesser and Companions are noble but misled.
World War Two was a common part of most history curriculums, but if your school was anything like mine, little to no mention was made of women’s involvement other than their roles as army nurses or factory workers on the home front. But that’s a huge disservice to the remarkable women who did find their way into active, frontline service, and there’s no better time than now to celebrate their achievements.
Over the last five years, Critical Role has established itself as a storytelling giant, a talented and varied company, and a cultural force. They have produced official, Wizards of the Coast approved campaign books and the largest Kickstarter-funded TV/film project in history.  But, perhaps most importantly to fans, they have created incredible characters and long, complex narratives.
Cats have been an important part of human society for a long time, acting as pest control and cuddly companions for millennia. It seems only natural, then, that they appear in folklore and mythology around the world, sometimes as heroes, sometimes as villains, and sometimes as just straight-up oddities. Which makes sense, since most cats I know regularly cycle through these three states of being in any given day.
Naming a child can be an extremely personal and – in some cases and cultures – sacred process, as the name a parent chooses for their child will often stay with that child for their entire life. There are countless traditions from around the world centered on naming a child, from naming them after an older relative, to the Chinese practice of giving them a temporary “milk name” and waiting 100 days before choosing a real one.  Some people take this choice and the responsibility it carries extremely serious. Others… not so much.