Suggestion Saturday: November 22, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

Top 10 Topics My Sons Are Bickering About via GinaValley. I once had an argument with one of my brothers about the pronunciation of the word salmon. (I’ll leave it up to the sibling in question to reveal his identity if he chooses to do so).

The Case for Being a Terrible Person via UncredibleHallq. I’m not familiar with the groups discussed in this post, but I really like the author’s approach to personal development.

Blood Pepper and Brave Meat. This is one of the most interesting short stories I’ve read recently.

It Belongs in a Museum: Artist Adds Sci-Fi Characters to Thrift Store Paintings. These paintings were incredibly well done. Normally I’m not at all fan of rustic, rural scenery in art, but I’d buy a few of these remixes in a heartbeat if I had the funds for it. They really ignite my imagination!

The Case Against Positive Thinking via JeffreyGuterman. Good stuff.

From On Kindness:

When I think of my mother’s life up to this point, what I find most revealing is how much of the abuse hurled at her throughout the years came about solely because she showed care and love to the wrong kinds of people.

Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters was a hoot.

Whether you’re a fan of King Lear, Nancy Drew, or Harry Potter, imagine what it would be like to text them. The concept is so simple I’m not entirely sure what else I should say about it. This was a very fun read, though, and I’d highly recommend it to all of my readers.

What have you been reading?

10 Things to Like About Winter

Yes, I know that winter technically doesn’t begin for another month. Toronto has had a cold snap and a few light snowstorms this past week, though, so it’s difficult for me to look out the window and think autumn. Pumpkin season has come and gone. It’s winter for the next 119 days as far as my mind and body…

Let’s (Not) Talk About Sex

The topic of sex came up at lunch last week. Well, technically I lead the conversation in that direction when someone else sitting at the table made a comment that could either be taken innocuously or….otherwise. Of course I chose the second option. I might be quiet most of the time in real life, but there’s always…

Suggestion Saturday: November 15, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, photographs, poems, games, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. Another Reason Why Thoughts Are Not Facts via Mindful_Living. This is still sometimes a stumbling block for me. Fleeting Thoughts and Butterfly Nets via jdubqca. My longterm readers might recognize this blog. I’ve featured…

Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

Social media is still so new that I don’t think the etiquette for using sites like Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram has been fully agreed upon yet. For lack of a better analogy, I think of these sites as gigantic, virtual dinner parties. These are the rules I wish everyone would follow there. Do: Engage with your followers….

The Bonsai Story Generator

This site rearranges the words of any text you feed into it.  Some of it’s sentences are gibberish, but others are pretty funny. I gave it all of the written context of my last five posts here. This is the best of what it created: There’s a friend’s cabin in that Cosmos TV show that…

The Right Way to Grieve

The last two years have seen several deaths in our extended families. I haven’t blogged about any of them until now for many different reasons: my strong preference for privacy in certain areas of my life; I wasn’t sure what to say about them; other topics seemed more pressing. The first person I remember grieving over was my…

Suggestion Saturday: November 8, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. Annabel Lee. There’s something about early November that reminds me of this poem. Umbrella. Imagine that Rhianna and Jay Z were born 700 years ago. Maybe they would have performed something like this instead of the songs they’re…

5 Things to Do Instead of Exchanging Gifts This Holiday Season

I originally wrote this post in September of 2013, but I’ve been getting a lot of hits from people wondering how they can celebrate the holidays without doing a gift exchange. Rather than reinventing the wheel, I thought I’d bump up something that has remained popular. Yes, I know Christmas is still three months away,…

Be an Opportunity Maker

I wasn’t originally planning to blog anything today, but this TED talk is excellent. “Everyone is the best at something.” I’m paraphrasing her here, but I really liked this sentiment. She goes on to say that we are all opportunity makers. It’s fascinating stuff.