1. Better When. 
Jamie the Very Worst Missionary offers a helpful reminder for our daily lives: "Every time I tell myself 'It will be better when,' I'm giving myself permission not to believe that Now can be good."
2. 12 Things Congress Can't Shut Down
While Congress does a whole lot of nothing, here's a look at the movement that can't be stopped.
3. Get Ready for Record Temperatures — For the Rest of Your Life
Cue ominous music. According to this The Atlantic Cities report, some cities will be warmer every year than their hottest year on record beginning in 2043.
4. WATCH: Jon Stewart to Malala Yousafzai: 'Can I Adopt You?
Happy International Day of the Girl! Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for women’s rights and access to education, rendered America's jester Jon Stewart tongue tied when he hosted her this week on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Watch the clip here.
5. Government Shutdown May Drive More Young Christians from GOP
In his Religion News Service blog, Jonathan Merritt, author of A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars, points out that young Christians try to resist partisan battles and attempt to rise above the fray — attributes current GOP leaders aren't offering.
6. So, Monday is Columbus Day
And The Oatmeal nails it with a slight correction to "history." "The point I'm trying to drive home is this: Christopher Columbus was awful …"
7. The Trouble With Bright Girls
Why do young girls with the same equal or better ability as young boys give up more quickly on difficult concepts? Psychology Today posits the answer may lie in the feedback they receive from parents and teachers at a young age.
8. The Crime of Poverty: Some Homeless People Face Arrest for Asking for Help
The number of anti-panhandling and anti-solicitation laws has increased 7 percent. Cities across the country are making it illegal to ask for help. What does that say about our society? Check out this piece from Take Part.
9. The Great American Water Crisis
From Sojourners magazine, "cities and towns across the country are in the midst of an epic fight to keep water as a public trust." Find out more about the battle.
10. Drunk Dial Congress
(Must be 21 or older to read on.)
Fed up with this mess we're in? Someone has made it really easy to "call and yell at a random member of Congress," complete with talking points and drink recipes.